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Samford University
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  • 4 Year
  • BIRMINGHAM, AL

COVID-19 Update for Prospective Students and Families:

We recognize the complexities presented from the COVID-19 virus. Due to limited availability of standardized tests, Samford University will give freshman applicants the option to be evaluated without a test score for the 2021-22 application cycle. More information can be found at samford.edu/go/appoptions. Learn More

Report Card

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 A minus

About

800 LAKESHORE DRIVE
BIRMINGHAM, AL 35229
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Southern Conference
From Samford University

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools.

Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and US News & World Report ranks Samford 86th nationally for best value.

Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 47 states and 30 countries in its

10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health.

Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 1st nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.

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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
84%
SAT Range
1060-1240
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
$31,322 / 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
$18,312 / 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
10:1
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

Sports Marketing

A survey of 2,000 sports industry executives revealed that earning a sports management/administration/marketing degree is the #1 piece of advice they would give aspiring high school students pursuing a career in the front office of a professional sports team. The Brock School of Business sports marketing program prepares our graduates for jobs on the business side of the sports industry.

Online

Online Programs Offered
3
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
3
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    27%
  • On Campus
    72%
  • Online
    1%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,501 Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
75
Undergrads Over 25
6700%
Pell Grant
11%
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
77%
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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