The History of the College 


Holy Spirit College is an independent, authentic Catholic liberal arts college within Pontifex University which is governed by a self-perpetuating Board of Trustees and supported by a distinguished Academic Advisory Board. Pontifex University is not affiliated with any religious order or congregation. Holy Spirit College was founded in 2005 as an undergraduate College which offered courses in the liberal arts to students enrolled at Holy Spirit Preparatory School. Graduates of those courses went on to study at many of the finest undergraduate institutions in the United States, including Harvard, the University of Notre Dame, Emory University, Vanderbilt University, and the Naval and Air Force Academies.


In 2009, Holy Spirit College was authorized by the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission (GNPEC) to offer the Bachelor of Philosophy degree (BPhil). Spring 2010 was a time of growth and structuring of the program as Holy Spirit College entered into an articulation agreement with Ave Maria University, adopting their core curriculum which allowed for students attending the College during the freshman and sophomore years to transfer to Ave Maria University and complete a major not offered at Holy Spirit College. With the finalization of the articulation agreement, the formal expansion of program offerings began July 1, 2010.


In August of 2010, in addition to the dual credit students from Holy Spirit Preparatory School, the college admitted its inaugural group of full-time undergraduate students. August 2010 also marked the first semester for graduate students enrolled in the Master of Theological Studies program. The College awarded its first MTS degree in the spring of 2012.


A Master of Theology program began in the spring of 2011. At the same time, Archbishop Wilton Gregory of the Archdiocese of Atlanta recognized Holy Spirit College as an official Catholic College.


As of December 31st, 2019, Holy Spirit College became the residential college of Pontifex University, a recognized Catholic University, allowing the merged entity to offer a broad range of faith-based degree and non-degree programs that can be completed on-campus, online or via a combination of both modalities.