Samford University

Samford University

Birmingham, AL
location
Private
type
Suburban
setting
65%
35%
student ratio
3,341
total students
$29,640 | $29,640
in-state | out-of-state tuition
Not Reported
fall application deadline
91%
acceptance rate
Moderately Difficult
admission difficulty
Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
558
sat math
570
sat reading
561
sat writing
26
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 155 undergraduate and graduate majors, minors, and concentrations; it has a 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio and 100% of classes are taught by faculty members, not graduate assistants. Samford University has students from 25 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 155 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 100 campus 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 Homecoming, Lighting of the Way, Step Sing Your School, Your City and Spring Fling.

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
Email: blkenned@samford.edu

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Area and ethnic studies
    • 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.
    • Elementary Education
      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.
    • Communication Sciences and Disorders
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Health Professions Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pharmacy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pre-Medical Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Public Health
      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.
  • Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting, and protective services
    • Criminal Justice/Safety
      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.
    • Legal Studies
      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
    • 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.
    • 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

91% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied3,446
    • Accepted3,149
    • Acceptance Rate91%
    • Enrolled3,341
    • Female Applicants2,306
    • Females Accepted2,116
    • Female Acceptance Rate91%
    • Male Applicants1,140
    • Males Accepted1,033
    • Male Acceptance Rate90%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee$40
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
    • Required for Some Interview
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.64
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen November 7th --
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • 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 570 520 620
    • SAT Math 558 500 618
    • SAT Writing 561 510 610
    • ACT Composite 26 23 29
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$29,640
    • Out-of-state tuition *$29,640
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$850
    • Room and board *$10,280
    • Room only *$5,416
    • * 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 Students3,341
    • Male Student Percentage35%
    • Female Student Percentage65%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino3.89%
    • Black or African American6.91%
    • White or Caucasian82.94%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.21%
    • Asian1.17%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific IslanderNot Reported
    • Two or more races1.74%
    • Unknown or International Student.69%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout2.45% representing 21 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students67% 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 70%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • 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 Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations College Panhellenic, Interfraternity Council, Chi Omega, Alpha Delta Pi, Phi Mu
  • 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 blue-light emergency phones, lighted sidewalks, nighttime campus access control gate

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division I
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No Division 1 Yes
    • Basketball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Crew Yes No No
    • Cross-country running No Division 1 Yes
    • Football Yes Division B Yes
    • Golf Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Lacrosse Yes No No
    • Rugby Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes No No
    • Softball Yes No No
    • Swimming 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
    • Crew Yes No No
    • Cross-country running No Division 1 Yes
    • Football Yes No No
    • Golf Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Lacrosse Yes No No
    • Rugby No No No
    • Soccer No Division 1 Yes
    • Softball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Swimming 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 Division 1 Yes

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakdown
    • Total Faculty532
    • Full-time Percentage66%
    • Part-time Percentage34%
    • Female Percentage52%
    • Male Percentage48%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio12:1 or 4,039 students to 326 faculty


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