A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    B+
Samford University is ...
Private not-for-profit, Baptist
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Southern Conference
Address
Office of Admission 800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, AL 35229

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

Acceptance Rate
91%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
1020-1238
ACT Range
23-29
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No
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Cost

Net Price
$29,544/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $22,498/ year
  • $30-48k
    $31,440/ year
  • $49-75k
    $27,761/ year
  • $76-110k
    $30,207/ year
  • $110k+
    $31,226/ year

Academics

Professors
A-
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
67%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.51 responses
63%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.51 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,040Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
3%
Pell Grant
11%
Varsity Athletes
11%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 27 responses
Report
  • Friendly
    26%
  • Passionate
    26%
  • Dedicated
    22%
  • Focused
    11%
  • Sleep-deprived
    11%
  • Boring and Weird
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
97%
Poll
60%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.53 responses
Poll
55%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.67 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 30 responses
Report
  • Community
    53%
  • Small
    23%
  • Family
    10%
  • Encouraging
    7%
  • Bad
    3%
  • Laid-back
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$46,300/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
73%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
94%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.34 responses
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If you are looking for a smaller and more conservative school where your professors can know you well you should look no further than Samford! It is a gorgeous campus. It also has an amazing staff who take the time to know you well. It is a Southern Baptist school, so most of the students have more conservative values although they are not insanely conservative and are very open minded to the ideas of other individuals. Samford is also located in a nice area of Birmingham, AL that offers enough fun to try something new every weekend. The area also contains many healthy churches that can enrich your college experience ten-fold.
There are some pitfalls. The diversity here is a bit pitiful and the conservative atmosphere of the school may also be suffocating to certain individuals. Parties are fairly few and far between. However, it is easy to find other places in Birmingham to party or dance if you are looking for that sort of scene.
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Samford offers many programs that one may excel in, but above all else, I am surprised to find that every staff member, faculty, employee meets you with kindness and a willing attitude to serve you. Entering the pharmacy program this coming fall, they have been so adamant about preparing you for success, and that says a lot about the program's integrity!
I am Greek, so I'm a little biased, but I love Greek Life! We have a really good Greek Life Office and lots of programs and activities. There are now 6 sororities and 5 fraternities, everyone has a house except for one newer fraternity and the new sorority. The greek housing is pretty nice, it's not on the state school level, but it's nicer than most of the other dorms on campus. From my experience, being Greek doesn't mean that I am only friends with my sorority sisters, yes I spend a lot of time with them and I love them, but my "friend group" has only two other greeks in it, the rest are independents. Being Greek at Samford doesn't define you, you are given the choice to make it what you want to.