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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!
Classes are very small and intimate ranging from 18-25 students in each of the core classes, and only around 6-12 students in specific areas of study classes. I know everyone in each of my classes, and more importantly so do each of my professors. Not only do they know each of us students by name, but know us fairly well by the end of the semester. They genuinely care about us and invest their time in us. They have great office hours available to meet with them. Often times I have gone in their office spending upwards of 45min to an hour talking about not only schoolwork, but plans for the future and about our personal lives outside school. Even though the teachers are great, it does not mean classes are easy. All of my classes so far have been challenging, but not too much to handle. I have learned to manage my time, and write papers often. Classrooms are always open for studying and homework 24/7 which is great. Samford has a number of very highly recognized programs such as the pharmacy school, the business school, the nursing school, and the law school. Also offered are several majors with great success. For example, the interior architecture program at Samford is outstanding, but flies under the radar. In the past few years every single graduate of the program actively seeking employment or further education either has a career in the field or is attending a graduate school; this is HUGE for the design world. Samford has a very highly distinguished name amongst professionals around the United States and around the world. I cannot express enough about how fantastic this school really is.
Life at Samford is like no other place I have been. The campus is absolutely gorgeous with millions spent on greenery every year, as well as jaw dropping historic architectural detail. It is great to go out and study on the quad, sit by the fountain, or simply just walk around and experience its beauty. The campus is very safe as well. Gates are open every day until midnight, and after allow only students and their visitors to enter. I even feel safe walking back to my dorm at 2 am after finishing an art project or watching a movie in a friend's dorm. There are so many different clubs and organizations available to join; way too many to count. Getting involved is so easy and fun. Samford is a great size because its big enough to where you can meet someone new every day, but small enough to where you see familiar faces often. Athletics are great at Samford with every event being free to students, and during football season there is tailgating with tons of free food. Weekends at Samford can be a lot of fun with all of the activities available in Birmingham to do. I will say that some people do go home on the weekends, but that only lasts about a month or two for freshman. After this homesick phase everyone generally stays and hangs out on the weekends. Activities students enjoy are swing dancing, movie nights, sporting events, eating out, shopping, and parties. Samford is a dry campus so all parties on campus do not allow alcohol, but there is plenty of activities off campus some students enjoy with alcohol if that's your thing too. There are so many great things about Samford, and I really recommend taking a visit to fully experience it!
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