Catholic Colleges in the South

Jul 24, 2018

Students can study at Catholic colleges and universities in southern states, like Alabama, Louisiana and Florida. Learn about a handful of these schools, their degree programs and spiritual growth opportunities.

Several different states in the southern portion of the country are home to Catholic colleges and universities. These schools vary in size, available undergraduate and graduate degree programs and other unique characteristics. Here we discuss a sampling of Catholic schools in different states in the South.

School Comparison

Most of the Catholic schools in the South are 4-year, private schools that vary in their tuition rates. In the table below, compare and contrast a few of these schools and their undergraduate tuition rates.

School Name Institution Type Location Tuition (2017-2018)*
Spring Hill College 4-year, private not-for-profit Mobile, AL $37,584
Barry University 4-year, private not-for-profit Miami, FL $29,850
Saint Edward's University 4-year, private not-for-profit Austin, TX $43,300
Loyola University New Orleans 4-year, private not-for-profit New Orleans, LA $39,492
Christian Brothers University 4-year, private not-for-profit Memphis, TN $31,870

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

Description of Catholic Colleges in the South

Catholic colleges in the South provide students with diverse degree programs and study areas, unique spiritual growth opportunities and their choice of different school sizes. Explore these characteristics for some of the Catholic schools in various southern states.

Spring Hill College

Spring Hill College in Alabama had around 1,380 undergraduate students in 2016, according to the NCES. Students at the college can pursue undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a wide range of subjects, including biochemistry, graphic design, international studies, theology, education and nursing. The college's Campus Ministry provides students with liturgy and prayer services, faith formation opportunities, spiritual retreats, various ministries and student organizations, like the Spring Hill Awakening Program (SHAPe). Students may also participate in international immersion service trips to countries like El Salvador or Nicaragua during Mardi Gras break or spring break.

Barry University

Barry University in Florida provides students with various undergraduate and graduate degree programs in fields such as occupational therapy, counseling, business administration, social work, communication and nursing. The school's Campus Ministry holds regular Mass and multi-faith services and offers spiritual retreats to help students deepen their faith. The school's Campus Ministry also has special spiritual events and programs, including the Catholic Faith Association (student group), Connected Faith Sharing (small groups) and Crossroads (multi-faith dialogue). In 2016, the university had about 3,540 undergraduate students, per the NCES.

Saint Edward's University

Saint Edward's University in Texas prides itself on its interfaith community and offers students a variety of spiritual growth and prayer opportunities through Bible studies, small groups and pastoral counseling. Students on campus can also further develop their faith with spiritual retreats, the Service Break Experience program, community service and social justice programs, Mass and the Peer Ministry program. According to the NCES, the university had close to 4,060 undergraduate students in 2016. Academic programs at the institution include an array of undergraduate and graduate degrees in such subject areas as accounting, counseling, French, medical laboratory science, forensic chemistry, theater arts and behavioral neuroscience.

Loyola University New Orleans

Loyola University New Orleans had around 2,480 undergraduate students in 2016, per the NCES. Students can pursue undergraduate and graduate degree programs in fields like nursing, pastoral studies, digital filmmaking, composition, biology, mass communication, music and pre-law. The school's University Ministry aims to help students grow in their faith through spiritual retreats, community prayer and reflection time, pastoral counseling, sacraments, law ministries and other religious events. The university also has the Ignacio Volunteer Program that allows students to demonstrate their faith as they serve communities in Belize and Jamaica.

Christian Brothers University

Tennessee's Christian Brothers University offers students undergraduate and graduate degree programs in an array of areas, including physician assistant studies, education, applied psychology, cybersecurity and digital forensics, chemical engineering and computer science. The university promotes spiritual growth by providing Mass services, a Campus Ministry Team and student organizations, such as Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Catholic Student Association and First Love (Bible study). The school's Campus Ministry also oversees a food pantry for the local community that students can donate to. According to the NCES, the university had a little more than 1,680 undergraduate students in 2016.

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