Learning, Life, Faith
Founded in 1841, Samford University is the largest independently supported university in the state of Alabama. The serene suburban campus, with its rolling hills and stately Georgian Colonial architecture, provides the ideal college environment. On top of that, Samford is only minutes away from Birmingham, a diverse metropolitan area of 1 million people that is rich in culture, history, and spirit.
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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.
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Nonresident aliens: 2%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 7%
White, non-Hispanic: 84%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 0%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 1%
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.
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.
SHOPPING AND ENTERTAINMENT
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.
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.
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.
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th Percentile: 550 | 75th Percentile: 650
25th Percentile: 530 | 75th Percentile: 630
25th Percentile: 23 | 75th Percentile: 29
25th Percentile: 22 | 75th Percentile: 27
25th Percentile: 24 | 75th Percentile: 31
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