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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    B+
About Samford University...
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
83%
SAT Range
1080-1280
ACT Range
23-29
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$30,017/ 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
$14,879/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
98%

Academics

Professors
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
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
3,266Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
107
Undergrads Over 25
3%
Pell Grant
13%
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
96%
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
    $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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    Samford University Reviews

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    I am a freshman at Samford University and my 1st semester was great! They have great academics and the teachers and staff really challenge you as a student. There are many ways for you to be apart of something or find your group. One thing I really like is how it is a small school but has qualities of a big school. Including sports, sororities, shuttles, and a newly renovated university enter with restaurants like chick-fil-a and moes. The are of Birmingham is really nice to explore and eat. Diversity on campus has improved over the years and I feel this because most people don't know about the school.
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    I have heard it said that you will know when you find the right college. That was true for me! Samford felt like home from the moment I stepped onto campus. The people are friendly, and the administration is very accessible. Every class is taught by a professor, and the class sizes are small. Birmingham is a great city with many options for food and entertainment.
    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.