Samford University

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800 Lakeshore Drive

Birmingham, AL 35229

Phone: (205) 726-2011
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#3 Overall Score: 90 out of 100. Regional Universities (South)

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Samford University is a private institution that was founded in 1841. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,965, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 212 acres. It utilizes a 4-1-4-based academic calendar. Samford University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (South), 3. Its tuition and fees are $26,328 (2013-14).

Samford University is a Christian institution located in Birmingham, Ala., in the central region of the state. Students at Samford can choose from more than 130 majors, minors, and concentrations, including master’s degree programs in the Brock School of Business, the Cumberland School of Law, and the Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education and Professional Studies. Samford is the largest private university in Alabama, but its class sizes are small, and no courses are taught by graduate assistants.

Many students at Samford University participate in school traditions, such as the Spring Fling celebration with games and music on the quad, and the Miss Samford pageant, which is one of the preliminary competitions for the Miss Alabama and Miss America Pageants. Students can also get involved by exploring more than 125 campus clubs and playing for the Samford University Bulldogs varsity sports teams, which compete in the NCAA Division I Southern Conference. Notable Samford University alumni include actor Tony Hale, who starred in the television show Arrested Development.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Samford University is Alabama's largest private university, with more than 5,000 students enrolled annually from around the world. Located in suburban Birmingham, the Samford campus is easily accessible from anywhere in the U.S. The campus, with its stunning Georgian-Colonial architecture set in the rolling hills of the Appalachian/Great Smokey Mountain foothills, also has been nationally-recognized for its beauty. Samford was founded in 1841 and has remained committed to its Christian mission. The university values its historic relationship with Alabama Baptists and attracts students and faculty from a variety of faith traditions. Samford offers 25 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs and 169 majors and minors in eight academic schools -- arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, law, nursing and pharmacy. Graduates with professional degrees consistently score very high on national certification and board examinations, and Samford undergraduates also have high graduate and professional school acceptance rates. About 85% of Samford's full-time faculty have terminal degrees in their fields, and no classes are taught by teaching assistants. With a 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio, students are able to receive more personalized instruction and assistance from faculty. Samford's faculty also is consistently recognized regionally and nationally. Psychology professor and department chair Stephen Chew was named 2011 National Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and marketing professor Betsy Bugg Holloway served as national president of Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honor society, 2010-12. Samford has 17 varsity sports (8 men's and 9 women's). In the last two years, several Samford individuals and teams have participated in postseason competition.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1841
Religious affiliation Southern Baptist
Academic calendar 4-1-4
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $289,110,511


When applying to Samford University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due March 15. The application fee at Samford University is $35. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 75.5 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 75.5%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by March 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Samford University is 12:1, and the school has 67 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Samford University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; Education; and Visual and Performing Arts. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 85 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 51%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 18%
Health Professions and Related Programs 16%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 9%
Education 8%
Visual and Performing Arts 7%

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Student Life

Samford University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,965, with a gender distribution of 34.7 percent male students and 65.3 percent female students. At this school, 68 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 32 percent of students live off campus. Samford University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 4,758
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Samford University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, health service, and health insurance. Samford University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Samford University, 80 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Samford University.

Students who have cars on campus 80%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Samford University, 44.5 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $13,129.

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Tuition and fees $26,328 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,372 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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