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Academics

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."

Student Body

"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."

Campus Life

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."

Overview

Applicants
3,912
Acceptance Rate
83%
Average HS GPA
3.82

GPA Breakdown

40%
Over 3.75
25%
3.50 - 3.74
14%
3.25 - 3.49
8%
3.00 - 3.24
3%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
550 - 640
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
520 - 610
ACT Composite Scores
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
23 - 29

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Other Admission Factors


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
13:1
Total Faculty
559
with Terminal Degree
436

294
Women
265
Men
70
Minority

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
64%
Graduate in 5 years
75%
Graduate in 6 years
76%

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP 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.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.
  • Organizational Leadership.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Journalism.
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Music Teacher Education.
  • Secondary Education and Teaching.
  • Teacher Education, Multiple Levels.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Engineering Physics/Applied Physics.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES/HUMAN SCIENCES.

  • 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.
  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Latin Language and Literature.
  • Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Communication Sciences and Disorders, General.
  • Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator.
  • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General.
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management.
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences.
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies.
  • Pre-Physical Therapy Studies.
  • Public Health, General.
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • LEGAL PROFESSIONS AND STUDIES.

  • Legal Studies, General.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Cultural Studies/Critical Theory and Analysis.
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Science.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies, General.
  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/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.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

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

  • THEOLOGY AND RELIGIOUS VOCATIONS.

  • Bible/Biblical Studies.
  • Missions/Missionary Studies and Missiology.
  • Religious/Sacred Music.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Graphic Design.
  • Interior Design.
  • Keyboard Instruments.
  • Music Performance, General.
  • Music Theory and Composition.
  • Music, General.
  • Musical Theatre.
  • 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
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


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

Don Cathy
executive vice president Chick-fil-a

Robert B. Aderholt
U.S. House of Representatives

Karen Fairchild
Grammy Award?winning vocalists for Little Big Town

Kimberly Schlapman
Grammy Award?winning vocalists for Little Big Town

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
64%
Graduate in 5 years
75%
Graduate in 6 years
76%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
School
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$17,510

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$17,128

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,859

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
32%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$29,676

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$18,090

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$32,000
Required Fees
$850
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

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

On-Campus Room and Board
$10,980
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
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
State Loans

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

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
3,591
Foreign Countries Represented
24

Demographics

1.03%
Asian
6.67%
African-American
3.26%
Hispanic
85.02%
Caucasian
1.17%
International

67% female
33% male
68% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
65%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
96%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Disability Resources

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Katy Goodgame

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

Documentation Guidelines for Learning Disorders are available through the following link: http://www.samford.edu/departments/files/Disability_Resources/Documentation-Learning-Disabilities.pdf

Documentation Required for ADHD

Documentation Guidelines for ADHD are available through the following link: http://www.samford.edu/departments/files/Disability_Resources/Documentation-Attention-Deficit.pdf

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
109
Number of Honor Societies
17

Number of Social Sororities
9
Number of Religious Organizations
8

35% join a fraternity
56% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

11% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Bulldogs)
8 Sports

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

Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Minority Support Groups
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

75/99

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, Dell

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Jenn Debrecht
Assistant Director of Admission and Orientation

Address
Office of Admission
800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, AL 35229

Phone
(205)726-4320

Email
admissionsscheduling@samford.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
University Center
Einstein Brothers Bagels
Harry's Coffee Shop
Pete Hanna Center
Boyd E. Christenberry Planetarium

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Downtown Homewood/Soho
The Summit Birmingham
Regions Field
Railroad Park
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Campus Tours

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times
varies

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Varies

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
https://www.samford.edu/admission/visit

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
The following partner hotels offer special rates for university visitors: Courtyard by Marriott 500 Shades Creek Parkway (Lakeshore Drive) Homewood, AL 35209 205-879-0400 Hampton Inn 2731 US 280 Birmingham, AL 35223 205-870-7822


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