Students Say

Samford University, "a beautiful liberal arts college with Christian values," draws undergrads seeking "a close-knit community in which high value is placed on morality, academic excellence and communication skills." Students tell us that "Samford represents what is great about a Christian university. It provides an environment that is diverse and not typically conservative Christian." A "well-rounded, challenging curriculum" ensures that students transcend indoctrination while experiencing "some aspect of religious discussion…in classes where you would not usually encounter it." High expectations ensure that they don't coast through to an easy degree.

Overview

Applicants
4,577
Acceptance Rate
60%
Average HS GPA
3.60

GPA Breakdown

48%
Over 3.75
15%
3.50 - 3.74
13%
3.25 - 3.49
11%
3.00 - 3.24
10%
2.50 - 2.99
4%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
510 - 620
SAT Math
500 - 615
SAT Writing
500 - 610
ACT Composite
23 - 29

Deadlines


Regular
July 31

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)

Overall

Students Say

Samford University, "a beautiful liberal arts college with Christian values," draws undergrads seeking "a close-knit community in which high value is placed on morality, academic excellence and communication skills." Students tell us that "Samford represents what is great about a Christian university. It provides an environment that is diverse and not typically conservative Christian." A "well-rounded, challenging curriculum" ensures that students transcend indoctrination while experiencing "some aspect of religious discussion…in classes where you would not usually encounter it." High expectations ensure that they don't coast through to an easy degree. As one student explains, "Samford professors expect a lot from their students, and in return we expect a lot from them. It's been said that academics at Samford are quite a bit harder than most universities, so when someone gets a B people see it as an A, when they get a C it's seen as a B, and so forth." Outstanding disciplines here include English, journalism, nursing, pharmacy, business, music, and theater. But perhaps Samford's most outstanding quality is its "incredibly friendly, welcoming, and genuine atmosphere that makes the transition to college life a pleasant one. The campus is positively breathtaking, the facilities are excellent, class sizes are relatively small, and professors are available and helpful…There is an overall feeling of contentment on campus."

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
12:1
Total Faculty
471
with Terminal Degree
329

238
Women
233
Men
49
Minority
5
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
48%
Graduate in 5 years
62%
Graduate in 6 years
66%

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • Latin American Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Finance, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Organizational Leadership

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Journalism

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science

  • Education

  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • History Teacher Education
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Teacher Education, Multiple Levels

  • Engineering

  • Engineering Physics

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  • Foods, Nutrition, and Related Services, Other
  • Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
  • Human Development and Family Studies, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Latin Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Communication Disorders, General
  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
  • Pharmacy (PharmD [USA], PharmD or BS/BPharm [Canada])
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

  • History

  • History, General

  • Legal Professions and Studies

  • Legal Assistant/Paralegal

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • General Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • International/Global Studies
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Public Administration
  • Youth Services/Administration

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

  • Social Sciences

  • Geography
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Theology and Religious Vocations

  • Religious/Sacred Music

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Graphic Design
  • Interior Design
  • Music Pedagogy
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General
  • Piano and Organ
  • Visual and Performing Arts, Other
  • Voice and Opera


Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Bobby Bowden
Retired Head Football Coach Florida State University

Tony Hale
Emmy award-winning actor

Marvin Mann
Founder and Former CEO of Lexmark Corporation

Cordell Hull
U.S. Secretary of State

Elizabeth Futral
International Opera Star

Horace Harmon Lurton
U.S. Supreme Court Justice

Harold Martin
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
78
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$14,790

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$14,062

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,545

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$26,806

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
41%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$13,578

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$26,524
Required Fees
$800
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,750

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Nursing Scholarships
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships
Need-Based United Negro College Fund

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

"The Samford stereotype is a white, wealthy, Southern, Protestant (usually Baptist) female, decked out in country club attire," but "while that accounts for maybe an (admittedly vocal) twenty percent of the school, there is a lot of diversity otherwise, especially outside the Greek system." Students who don't fit the mold "often hang out on the quad and are active in various campus organizations or other activities. There actually are hippies, druggies, minorities, political extremists of all stripes, gay people, and people from all over the world at Samford. Don't be deceived by your first glance." Quite a few respondents told us that while "a wide variety of people attend" Samford, "a large percent were raised in a very sheltered environment" and the majority are "white, upper-class, southern Christians" "with strong Christian values and beliefs." Students tend to be highly ambitious, with "a generally heavy interest in their future and…a plan for achieving their goals."

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
3,051
Out of State
65%

International
3%
Foreign Countries Represented
24

Demographics

6.74%
African-American
6.23%
Hispanic
84.33%
Caucasian
3.28%
International

65% female
35% male
65% are out of state
96% are full time
4% are part time

Overview

Students Say

There are people who party and those who don't at Samford; despite the campus' official "dry" status, "there will always be those few people who break the rules," and furthermore, Birmingham offers "some fun nightlife" that can, and occasionally does, involve intoxicants. As a whole, however, "students generally are not big partiers, but like to have fun. Most weekends are spent hanging out with friends or traveling." "There is a strong Greek presence" on the Samford campus, "and many weekends include Greek parties or fundraisers and activities." Religious groups "are especially popular, and the majority of the student body is involved in at least one college ministry throughout the week." Students enjoy "at least five opportunities a week to worship" and "are very engaged in the community and local churches." These activities include "a strong awareness of global issues: fair trade, Darfur, etc." Samford's gated campus "is located in a very safe part of Birmingham," providing students a secure enclave from which to launch their explorations of the city. Students tell us the city is "awesome," "with plenty of places to eat, shop, and play. There are several movie theaters and shopping centers within a ten-mile radius, as well as a roller skating rink, plenty of gorgeous parks, and a thriving downtown."

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
72%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
86
First-Year Students living on campus
96%

Campus Environment
Suburban
Fire safety rating
93

Housing Options

Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
101
Number of Honor Societies
23

Number of Social Sororities
8
Number of Religious Organizations
10

36% join a fraternity
49% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

45% participate in intramural sports
9% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Bulldogs)
7 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Bulldogs)
8 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Minority Support Groups: IMPACT (Inspiring Minorities to Pursue Academics and Community Together) The purpose of the program is to promote a successful social and academic experience to underrepresented groups. Our goal is to increase the academic, career, and social success of first year minority students by helping develop a sense of being connected to the larger Samford community. The selection process is handled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Alabama at Birmingham
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus, at cooperating institutions: University of Alabama at Birmingham

Sustainability

Green Rating
70

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
20

Average Number of PC's per Lab
20

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
No

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Elizabeth Jewell
Coordinator of Campus Visit Programs

Address
Office of Admission
800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, AL 35229

Phone
(205)726-2875

Email
ejewell@samford.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Andrew Gerow Hodges Chapel
Ralph W. Beeson University Center
Brock Hall (Home of Brock School of Business - Completed Fall 2015)
Pete Hanna Center
Boyd E. Christenberry Planetarium

Most Popular Places Off Campus
The Summit Birmingham
Downtown Homewood/Soho
Regions Field
Birmingham Botanical Gardens and zoo
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 9a.m.,11a.m.,1p.m.,3p.m.
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact the above email listed

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
nnichol1@samford.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Airport Shuttle info: Taxis are also available at the airport, also rental cars. Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport is less than 14 miles away.

Local Accommodations
Courtyard by Marriott 500 Shades Creek Parkway (Lakeshore Drive) Homewood, AL 35209 205-879-0400 Marriott‎ Drury Inn & Suites 160 State Farm Parkway Birmingham, AL 35209-7186 (205) 940-9500 Drury Hotels Embassy Suites 2300 Woodcrest Place Birmingham, AL 35209 (205) 879-7400 Embassy Suites Hampton Inn 2731 U.S. 280 Birmingham, AL 35223 205-870-7822‎ Hampton Inn & Suites 30 State Farm Parkway Birmingham, AL 35209 (205) 313-2060 Hilton Garden Inn 520 Wildwood Circle North Birmingham, AL 35209 205-314-0274 Hyatt Place 4686 Highway 280 East Birmingham, AL 35242 (205) 995-9242 LaQuinta Inn & Suites 60 State Farm Parkway Homewood, AL 35209 (205) 290-0150 Residence Inn by Marriott 50 State Farm Parkway Birmingham, AL 35209 (205) 943-0044 Hyatt Regency Birmingham- The Wynfrey Hotel 1000 Riverchase Galleria Birmingham, AL 35226 (205) 705-1234
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Key Stats

4,577
Applicants
3,051
Size
60%
Acceptance Rate
1120
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists