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grade A minus
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    grade B+
  2. Value
    grade A
  3. Diversity
    grade B
  4. Campus
    grade A minus
  5. Athletics
    grade B+
  6. Party Scene
    grade C+
  7. Professors
    grade B+
  8. Location
    grade A minus
  9. Dorms
    grade B
  10. Campus Food
    grade C+
  11. Student Life
    grade A minus
  12. Safety
    grade B+

About

800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, AL 35229
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Southern Conference
From Samford University

Find your strength and purpose at Alabama's #1 university in rankings by Forbes Inc. and The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education.

Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 86th nationally in its annual ranking of Best Value Schools. In its 2021 higher education rankings, The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education ranks Samford 2nd in the country for student engagement and Niche identifies Samford as the top private school in the state of Alabama.

Samford enrolls 5,729 students from 47 states and 30 countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health.

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Samford University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
Acceptance Rate
83%
SAT Range
1070-1250
ACT Range
23-29
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$30,695 / year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$17,168 / year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

Scholarship

Academics

Professors
grade B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
12:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
94%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes. 51 responses
65%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want. 55 responses
62%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage. 55 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • All
    1%
  • None
    81%
  • Some
    18%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,509 Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
82
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
12%
Varsity Athletes
10%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 31 responses
  • Friendly
    32%
  • Passionate
    23%
  • Dedicated
    19%
  • Focused
    10%
  • Sleep-deprived
    10%
  • Boring and Weird
    6%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
96%
Poll
60%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join. 57 responses
Poll
56%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life. 71 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 33 responses
  • Community
    52%
  • Small
    21%
  • Encouraging
    9%
  • Family
    9%
  • Bad
    3%
  • Laid-back
    3%
  • Strict
    3%

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After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$49,900 / year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
76%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
94%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation. 34 responses

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