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Samford University

  • Birmingham, AL
    location
  • Private
    type
  • Suburban
    setting
  • 65%35%
    student ratio
  • 3,013
    total students
  • $26,524 | $26,524
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • July 1
    fall application deadline
  • 76%
    acceptance rate
  • Moderately Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • 564
    sat math
  • 570
    sat reading
  • 557
    sat writing
  • 25
    act composite

Overview

About Samford University

Samford University is a four-year, private, coeducational institute of higher education located in Birmingham, Alabama. Samford University serves close to 5,000 students, and offers over 149 undergraduate and graduate majors, minors, and concentrations; it has a 12:1 student to faculty ratio and no classes are taught by graduate assistants. Samford University has students from 22 countries and 44 states, providing a culturally diverse atmosphere. Furthermore, U.S. News and World Report ranked Samford University #3 in the South among Regional Universities.

Majors and Degree Offerings at Samford

Samford University, Alabama, offers 149 undergraduate and graduate minors, majors, and concentrations. Some of the most popular degrees are in communications, art, arts and sciences, business, education, law, prelaw, nursing, marketing, and public relations (PR).

These courses of study are spread across ten academic schools including the School of the Arts, Howard College of Arts and Sciences, Brock School of Business, Beeson Divinity School, Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education, School of Health Professions, Cumberland School of Law, Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, McWhorter School of Pharmacy and School of Public Health.

Samford Campus Facilities

Samford University provides on-campus housing and meal plans, which includes 19 meals per week. Campus facilities include the Beeson University Center, which is the hub of activity on campus, a bookstore, Career Development Center, counseling services, disability support services, dining hall, food court and a post office.

Financial Aid

Samford University provides its students with numerous opportunities to secure financial aid through need and merit-based scholarships, private and federal loans, federal and state grants, and federal work programs and opportunities. Students who would like to apply for financial aid must fill out a FAFSA; priority date for filers is March 1 annually.

Student Life

Samford University offers its students over 105 campus clubs and organizations including intramural sports, student government, service organizations and ministries. Intramural sports include bowling, flag football, volleyball, basketball, soccer, softball, tennis, kickball, dodge ball, and ultimate Frisbee.

Every year students also participate in numerous campus-wide events including Family Weekend, Homecoming, Lighting of the Way, Step Sing and the Miss Samford Scholarship Pageant.

Samford's Career Development Center

The Career Development Center (CDC) is meant to assist current students and Samford graduates with numerous career and job search activities. Career counselors help students identify and evaluate areas of interest for a major course of study and/or career choices. Furthermore, Samford University provides its students with career guidance instruments to assist in this process.

The Career Development Center offers numerous tools and information for career research, graduate and professional school research, job search, experiential education research, company research, and other topical information related to careers.

Each semester, Samford University's Career Development Center sponsors programs for a wide variety of career development topics. Staff members assist students with career search concerns; graduate school representatives and employers visit Samford University campus to interview and recruit students.

Samford University's Career Development Center is a connective link between employers and students so that students can find part-time, summer, cooperative education, internship, and full-time positions. Samford University also maintains job listings for these areas. Samford University's Career Development Center services are provided free of charge to all current Samford students and recent alumni.


Location & Contact

800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, AL 35229
USA

Mr.Brian Kennedy

Director of Recruitment

Phone: 205-726-4176
Fax: 205-726-2171
Email: blkenned@samford.edu

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Area and ethnic studies
    • Asian Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Latin American Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biochemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Accounting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business/Managerial Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Entrepreneurship
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Finance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Business/Trade/Commerce
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marketing/Marketing Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Organizational Leadership
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Journalism
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Education (Multiple Levels)
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • History Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Engineering
    • Engineering Physics/Applied Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Family and consumer sciences
    • Foods and Nutrition Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Human Development and Family Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • Ancient/Classical Greek
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Classics and Classical Languages
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Foreign Languages and Literatures
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • French
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • German
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Latin
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Athletic Training
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pre-Medical Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • International/Global Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Law/legal studies
    • Legal Assistant/Paralegal
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • General Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Parks and recreation
    • Health and Physical Education/Fitness
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sport And Fitness Administration/Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Philosophy and Religious Studies Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Religious Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Public administration and social services
    • Public Administration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Youth Services
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Geography
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Relations and Affairs
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Theology and religious vocations
    • Religious/Sacred Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Art
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Graphic Design
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Interior Design
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Keyboard Instruments
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Pedagogy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Performance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Theory and Composition
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Visual and Performing Arts Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Voice and Opera
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

76% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied3,447
    • Accepted2,653
    • Acceptance Rate76%
    • Enrolled3,013
    • Female Applicants2,171
    • Females Accepted1,716
    • Female Acceptance Rate79%
    • Male Applicants1,276
    • Males Accepted937
    • Male Acceptance Rate73%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
      official scores on ACT or SAT; Leadership resume of high school, church, and community activities
    • Required for Some Interview
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.68
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen July 1st November 1st Yes
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen July 1st November 1st Yes
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer Yes
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 570 500 630
    • SAT Math 564 510 610
    • SAT Writing 557 500 610
    • ACT Composite 25 23 28
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$26,524
    • Out-of-state tuition *$26,524
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$800.00
    • Room and board *$9,736.00
    • Room only *$5,382.00
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students3,013
    • Male Student Percentage35%
    • Female Student Percentage65%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino6.64%
    • Black or African American6.64%
    • White or Caucasian81.14%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.3%
    • Asian.8%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.07%
    • Two or more races1%
    • Unknown.37%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout3.04% representing 15 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students63% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements None
    • Housing options Female-only housing, Male-only housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 72%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station No
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band Yes
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities Yes
    • Greek sororities Yes
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations No
    • Most popular organizations Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority, Chi Omega Sorority, Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, Phi Mu Sorority, Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Not Reported
    • Other self defense education, security escort services, and lighted pathways/sidewalks

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division I
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No Division 1 Yes
    • Basketball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Cross-country running No Division 1 Yes
    • Football Yes Division B Yes
    • Golf No Division 1 Yes
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes No No
    • Softball Yes No No
    • Table Tennis Yes No No
    • Tennis Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Track No Division 1 Yes
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes No No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Cross-country running No Division 1 Yes
    • Football Yes No No
    • Golf No Division 1 Yes
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Softball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Table Tennis Yes No No
    • Tennis Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Track No Division 1 Yes
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 1 Yes

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty471
    • Full-time Percentage64%
    • Part-time Percentage36%
    • Female Percentage51%
    • Male Percentage49%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio12:1 or 3,328 students to 275 faculty


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