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Samford University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

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About Samford University

Samford University is a private, Southern Baptist university located in Birmingham, Alabama. Established in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest university in the United States and Alabama's largest private university. U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges 2013 ranked Samford University the number 4 regional university in the South.


Samford University is made up of 8 schools: the School of the Arts, Howard College of Arts and Sciences, Brock School of Business, Beeson Divinity School, Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education and Professional Studies, Cumberland School of Law, Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, and McWhorter School of Pharmacy. Samford University offers about 110 majors in such areas as education, engineering, theology, psychology, and ethnic studies. Students can also find a variety of graduate programs.

Study abroad programs are available through the Samford University Office of International Studies. The school's 4-1-4 calendar system includes a fall and spring semester and an optional winter term. Students can also take courses in the summer.


Samford University uses a rolling admissions schedule, and students can apply using the Common Application or the school's online application. Application requirements include a $40 fee, an essay of at least 250 words, SAT or ACT scores, official transcripts, and an academic letter of recommendation. In 2011, Samford University had approximately 2,600 applicants, of whom 83% were admitted and 32% enrolled in classes. Also that year, Samford had a total student body of 4,758, including 2,950 undergraduates; 64% of students were female, and 33% were from Alabama.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition and fees at Samford University were $23,963 in 2011. The estimated cost of books and supplies was $1,000, and on-campus room and board cost $7,775. Some programs and courses require additional fees, and all students pay a technology fee each semester. Samford University offers several merit-based scholarships, as well as scholarships for children of Baptist clergy and children of alumni. To be eligible for merit scholarships, students who plan to enroll in the fall semester need to submit their admissions application by December 15 of the preceding year.

School Type 4-year, private, not-for-profit**
Degrees Offered Associate's, bachelor's, master's, doctoral**
Religious Affiliation Southern Baptist***
Academic Calendar 4-1-4***
School Setting Large suburb**
Student Body 4,758 in 2011**
Student Housing 3 residence halls*
Schools and Programs 8 schools, approximately 110 majors*
Student-Faculty Ratio 11:1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) Bachelor's: Registered nursing (64), teacher education (42), marketing/management (30)
Master's: Family practice nursing (64)
Doctoral: Law (150) in 2011**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 53% in 4 years, 74% in 6 years, 75% in 8 years for students who started in 2003**
Admission Rate 83% in 2011**
Entering Class Size 686 in 2011***
First-Year Retention Rates 84% for full-time students, 67% for part-time students**
Average SAT and ACT Scores of Admitted Students In 2011: SAT composite, 1153; ACT composite, 26***
Application Due Date Rolling application schedule***
Tuition and Fees (2011) $23,963 per year**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of New Students Receiving it) Pell grants (17%), other federal grants (14%), state or local government grants and scholarships (30%), institutional grants and scholarships (92%), federal student loans (38%), other student loans (2%) in 2011**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 97% of new students in 2011**

Sources: *Samford University, **National Center for Education Statistics, ***U.S. News & World Report.

Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, Samford University, 800 Lakeshore Drive, Birmingham, Alabama 35229-2240
  • Phone: (205) 726-2011
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