Fall 2015 Enrollment
3,145 undergraduate students
97% of undergrad students are full time
36% male 64% female
71% of students are from out of state
2015-2016 Academic Year
333 full-time faculty
182 part-time faculty
12 to 1 student/faculty ratio
96% of first year students live on campus
72% of all students live on campus
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Retention Fall 2015
88.7% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full time, first time freshmen)
6 Year Graduation Rate 2015
74% of students graduated in 6 years
ENROLLMENT BY RACIAL/ETHNIC CATEGORY - FALL 2015
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|Two or more races||2%|
|Race and/or ethnicity unknown||1%|
NCAA Division I, Southern Conference. 17 varsity sports (8 men’s: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, tennis, track/field, volleyball; 9 women’s: basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track/field, volleyball, cheer leading), 5 club sports and 17 intramurals.
Academic honors, activism, music (choral, instrumental), film/photography/visual arts, Greek life (national), health and fitness, hobbies, media (newspaper, radio, journal, yearbook, etc.), military/ROTC, minority/ethnic, outdoors/environmental, performance (theatre/dance), professional interest/academic subject, politics, religious/spiritual, service, support groups, student events/campus programming, student government, women’s/gender studies.
Samford University is a four-year, coeducational, private, residential, comprehensive liberal arts institution founded in 1841. Samford values its historic relationship with Alabama Baptists.
Art, Asian Studies, Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Classics, Computer Science, Engineering (3-2), English, Environmental Science, Entrepreneurship, Geographic Information Systems, French, Geography, German, Graphic Design, Greek, History, International Relations, Journalism and Mass Communication, Language and World Trade, Language Arts, Latin, Latin American Studies, Marine Science, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration, Religion, Sociology, Spanish, Speech Communication Church Music, Instrumental Music, Music, Music Education, Musical Theatre, Organ, Piano, Theatre, Theory/Composition, Voice, Athletic Training, Early Childhood/Elementary/Secondary/Special Education/Collaborative Education, Exercise Science, Fitness and Health Promotion, General Science, Family Studies, Interior Design, Nutrition and Dietetics, Physical Education, Social Science, Sports Medicine Nursing Accounting, Management, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-dental, Pre-engineering, Pre-law, Pre-medicine, Pre-optometry, Pre-veterinary Medicine.
Ranked fourth in the South by U.S. News & World Report.
The Princeton Review named Samford as a "Best Southeastern College".
Kiplinger's Personal Finance has named Samford #65 of the top 100 best value private universities in the U.S.
Psychology professor and department chair Stephen Chew named the 2011 U.S. Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
Four Samford professors have been named Carnegie Professor of the Year for Alabama since 1994.
Samford has one of only three ABA-accredited law schools, Cumberland, and one of only two accredited pharmacy schools, McWhorter, in Alabama. Samford also has the only divinity school based in the state.
Few universities offer both a rigorous liberal arts education and support for the spiritual life of their students, faculty, and staff. Samford understands that faith grows with challenge and challenges the faithful to grow. At Samford, faith grows through convocation programs, Christian student interest groups, and foreign and domestic missions…
A Fire You Can’t Put Out
The Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth once described the clamor for justice as “a fire you can’t put out.” Samford believes that faith challenges us to be “on fire” for justice. It provides light in the struggle for a better state, nation, and world.
Some of the ways Samford is combining scholarship and faith to change the world include poverty relief partnerships, required Cultural Perspectives, courses, and more than 100 weekly opportunities for community service.
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Samford’s outstanding faculty is committed to teaching first. With only 25–30 students in most classes, professors will get to know their students personally while serving as effective mentors…
In any term, including the January and summer terms, Samford students study in England, Morocco, Spain, Brazil, Costa Rica, China, or a host of other countries. Samford’s premiere international program is based out of a renovated Victorian home in the heart of London’s famous West End. This home is within walking distance of some of the city’s most famous cultural attractions.
Samford offers an outstanding education in 204 undergraduate and graduate majors, minors, and concentrations in 8 different schools.
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Surrounded by the University’s main academic, administrative, and cultural facilities, the quad is the geographic and social heart of Samford’s campus. In all seasons, it is a park for play, study, picnics, or even quick naps.
The Magic City
Samford students enjoy the best of both worlds on the school’s serene suburban campus, which is only minutes from one of the largest cities in the region. Birmingham is an international center for biomedical research, health care, technology, banking and communications, but also is alive with history, culture and entertainment.
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Birmingham enjoys a thriving creative community. The Museum of Art, the Alabama Symphony, the Alabama Ballet, Opera Birmingham, the Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival and many more opportunities to experience the arts are all available within the city.
With nationally acclaimed restaurants and over 500 shopping centers, 85 antique malls, and over 70 bookstores, the Birmingham area is one of the most popular destinations in the region.
Thanks to a temperate climate, nature preserves, state and national parks, rivers, lakes, mountains and exceptional scenic beauty, outdoor recreation opportunities abound in the greater Birmingham area. Samford is a partner with the Oak Mountain Interpretive Center in Oak Mountain State Park.
Geographically speaking, Birmingham is perfectly situated. The white-sand beaches of the Gulf of Mexico are just a few hours’ drive to the south. Atlanta, Nashville, and Memphis also are only a few hours’ drive away.
CAMPUS HOUSING OPTIONS FOR UNDERGRADUATES
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A Flourishing Life Beyond College
A survey by Samford’s Office of Institutional Research reported that 66% of graduates were employed and that 32% had continued their education. Famous alumni include retired Florida State Football Coach Bobby Bowden, actor Tony Hale, and opera singer Elizabeth Futral.
Admissions Fall 2015
3,196 Total Applicants
2,982 Total Admissions
826 Total Freshmen Enrollment
93.30% of applicants admitted
Admissions Deadlines for 2016-17 Admission
Rolling Admission? No
Closing Date: June 30
Priority Date: April 1
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Freshmen Profile Fall 2015
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TUITION AND COSTS
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TUITION AND COSTS BEFORE FINANCIAL AID 2016-2017
|Room and Board (on campus)||$9,830|
|Estimated Total On Campus||$40,082|
Average Financial Aid Packages 2014-2015 Final
$18,606 First year students
$18,262 All undergrads
Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015 Final
65.4% on average, the percentage of need that was met
21% of financial need students that had need fully met
$14,804 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$3,715 Average need-based loan
Your application form also serves as the competitive merit-based scholarship application for freshmen. Your application file must be completed by December 15th to be considered for merit-based scholarships. These scholarships are renewable for the following three years provided certain guidelines are met.