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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
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 3rd among regional universities in the South.

Samford enrolls 5,509 students from 45 states and 30 countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health.

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
91%
SAT Range
1020-1238
ACT Range
23-29
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

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
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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
3,207Undergrads
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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I graduated from Samford in 2009 with a BSN in Nursing. I loved all aspects of my experience; I cherish the memories made while I was there. The academics and professors are wonderful and very knowledgeable. I felt extremely prepared once I graduated and entered the work force. My roommates were the best - we are still connected today and were in even each other's weddings. There is a lot of opportunity to get involved in activities in the community as well; service to others is encouraged. I give Samford an A+ in overall experience, as I will never forget my time at one of the best colleges around!
No other student body is more welcoming and compassionate, and there's a palpable sense of camaraderie among the students that manifests in study groups and intramural teams and congregations in the library. It's a place where everyone feels comfortable and able to do their best academic work and where students are proud of their education. Because of the all-encompassing Christian atmosphere, Greek Life at Samford is noble, well-behaved, and active in the community. The members of Greek organizations are the most involved on campus, hold almost all leadership positions, and organize the most campus-wide events. Academically, students are challenged to go above and beyond because every professor is highly invested in his or her students on a personal level.