Samford University

Birmingham, AL

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Samford University Student Essentials

Samford University Student Essentials
Region: Southeast
Setting: Mid-size City Setting
Type: Private
Affiliation: Baptist
Size: Medium (2,000 to 5,000 Undergrad)
Mascot: Bulldogs
On-Campus Housing Available: Yes
Selectivity: Selective
In-State Tuition: $25,150
Out-of-State Tuition: $25,150
Retention Rate: 87%
Enrollment: 5,237
Year Established: 1841

About Samford University

Samford University offers stellar academic programs, a dedicated faculty, and a welcoming campus environment. Located in Birmingham, Alabama, Samford is a Christian university that provides a promising educational experience, offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs.

Bachelor’s degrees can be earned in a long list of traditional concentrations, including several pre-professional programs. The pre-professional programs allow students to earn prerequisite credits for professional graduate programs, such as Law, Medicine, and Pharmacy.

Master’s degrees can be earned in several concentrations, including Biology, Business, Divinity, Education, Law, Music, and Nursing. Doctoral degrees are offered in fewer concentrations, but include Pharmacy, Law, Nursing, Education, and Ministry.

Student life activities are an important aspect of the overall college experience. Students are encouraged to get involved in the various student organizations, athletic teams, resident life activities, and campus ministries.

Student support services, such as academic and career advising, counseling, academic workshops, and many more are available to every student.

Samford awards millions in scholarships to eligible students each year to help them pay tuition. Financial aid advising is also available.

Samford University is committed to providing academic excellence in a welcoming environment to help students succeed in their educational, vocational, and spiritual endeavors.

Ratings & Reviews

Overall School Rating:

Rated 5 of 5 Stars 1 Review

100% of students gave Samford University 5 stars overall.

Student Ratings

Student at This School - Grad Year 2013

Overall Rating

Samford is an absolutely fantastic school in a great city! I am a freshman this year and have had an incredible first semester. I have met some amazing people from all over the United States that have helped me grow as a person. The professors are the best there is. They truly care about you and how you are doing both in and out of school. My professors go out of their way to help students including coming after hours to meet or help solve a problem. Most of mine even gave me their numbers in case we needed anything and could not reach them by email. I cannot possibly cover all of the great things about the professors here, but they are honestly overqualified and are overly generous with their time investing in students lives, which makes for an excellent education. As a private school, Samford is much cheaper than others, yet goes way beyond what most private schools do. Class sizes are under 20 students in most cases, with many in specific areas of study at less than ten; free stuff is given out ALL THE TIME, especially during weeks like homecoming, finals, and other events; tutoring and academic help is free and easy to get. The only critique about Samford I would say is the food; choices in the caf are limited and not always tasty. Birmingham has some amazing restaurants though, so that makes up for it. Over all of the good things at Samford the best thing is the scholarships given! The admissions department does not really care about strictly gpa and ACT scores, but reviews each application individually; the department gives financial aid based on so many other things like leadership, interest in the school, church involvement, volunteering, and area of study. Not only will the admissions department work with you financially, but the area of study you major in might as well. I am an interior architecture student in the school of the arts, and if it were not for the School of the Arts department's generosity I would not of had enough scholarship to afford to go there. They worked with me all they could and really invested in me because they wanted me to be there; even before I was officially a student they cared. If money is the only issue between you and going to Samford, then just go for it. God will make a way if it is meant to be like he did me. I found that trusting in him and prayer is what made it possible to go to the school of my dreams. That is the advice I would give anyone deciding on a school whether it be Samford or not. I wish you luck on your college search!

Samford University Map & Location

Samford University
800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, AL 35229

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Full-Time Undergrad Students 3,096
Freshman Class 873
Total Students (Undergrads & Graduate Students) 5,237

Ethnic Diversity:

  • Latino: 2%
  • African American: 8%
  • Caucasian: 86%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Unknown and Other: 3%
Latino 2%
African American 8%
Caucasian 86%
Asian 1%
Unknown and Other 3%

Undergraduate 59%
Graduate 41%
Full-Time 80%
Part-Time 20%
Women 65%
Men 35%
International 1%
Domestic 99%

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