About Samford University

Founded in 1841, Samford University. is a Private college. Located in Alabama, which is a city setting in Alabama, the campus itself is Suburban. The campus is home to 3,341 full time undergraduate students, and 2,130 full time graduate students.

The Samford University Academic calendar runs on a Four-one-four plan basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 12:1. There are 352 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Samford University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate91%
Application Deadline
Application Fee40
SAT Range1020-1238
ACT Range23-29

Admissions at are considered Less Selective, with ,25% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 27 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

84% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 61% were in the top quarter, and 33% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.


We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Samford University.

Samford University REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    74 Students rated on-campus housing 3.7 stars. 11 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    55 Students rated off-campus housing 3.6 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    77 Students rated campus food 3.2 stars. 10 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    76 Students rated campus facilities 4.1 stars. 36 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    76 Students rated class size 4.7 stars. 71 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    76 Students rated school activities 4.1 stars. 33 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    76 Students rated local services 4.6 stars. 68 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    76 Students rated academics 4 stars. 38 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Samford University?

24 Students rated Samford University

Anne Madison - 10/08/2021

I love Samford University. I feel safe on campus, Birmingham is full of activities to do, and the people are very authentic. The professors are always state available to help and they truly mean it. The students are fun, good, and intelligent. I cannot recommend the school Samford University, the people, or the environment enough. Go bulldogs!

Hayden - 05/02/2020

Samford University is a school that a lot of people overlook. I had never even heard of it until my mother brought it up to me and made me apply. I visited for the first time on Christmas morning my senior year of high school and instantly felt a connection with it. I find that people either really love or really dislike Samford. I am an introvert at heart, don't enjoy big class sizes nor getting lost in a sea of campus students. Which is why I found Samford perfect for me. However if you are really into the "sports culture" or the "party scene" that a bigger state school will provide I wouldn't recommend attending. Samford is my home, i've made lifelong friends here and have had the privilege of making amazing memories in my three years thus far. I wouldn't trade that for anything. Even if that means dealing with sub-par cafeteria food and being put under the pressure of hard academic scales. Samford is a community, traditional and certainly isn't for everyone. However I found that this university was very much for me.

Peighton - 07/01/2019

Samford is an amazing school! It is the perfect size where I often see people walking around that I know but I don't feel like I know every person there. The professors are amazing and never fail to be of help and make time for you. Greek life is big but no one is shamed for not joining and the sense community I have felt there is unmatched. Our president, Andrew Westmoreland, really works hard to connect with all students and is so involved. This makes you feel like you really belong. On top of Samford being a great university, Birmingham makes it even better with its endless things to do and beautiful sights to see. I love it!

Haddiyah - 06/27/2019

It's a great school. Anyone can come here and find their place, and their people. Although it is a private Christian university, people from all ethnic and religious backgrounds come and make Samford their home. This school isn't a place of conformity or judgement, it's really just a place where they want you to do your best, so you can achieve the best, while you learn your own way.

Samford University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Samford University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Samford University is 91%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    College really has very little to do with what we gain in the classroom or lecture hall. Yes, the academics are vitally important to learning the information you will need for the fututre, the real lessons learned in college are learned outside the classroom. In my experience, I have learned many life lessons while in college, but most of them were learned in social situations or a the result of my individual choices in life or school. All of these lessons are learned outside of the textbooks and the exams. I have found that I have discovered who I am in college and it has little to do with my courseload and everything to do with my friends, choices, and experiences that I have faced while at Samford. The choices we make shape who we are and who we become, and if we sit and expect our professors and textbooks to teach us what we need to do, we would graduate without every having learned anything practical to life. At the end of the day, we need college to teach us valuable life lessons, just not the ones we sometimes think college is supposed to teach us.

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  3. What is the stereotype of students at your school?

    Preppy, white, rich kids. Stuck up. Sheltered.

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  4. Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

    No, there are many Christian people but there are also a lot of wild children around campus who party and drink a lot. Not all girls are prissy and up tight who dress up everday and put on their best show for everyone. A lot of girls have had their first kiss and a lot of girls are no longer virgins...STDs run around this school like every other.

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  5. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    Samford is a small community and its awesome. The bad thing is that we can get "values" for things like boys in the rooms after visitation or without being signed in and we can also get in trouble for having alcohol in pictures even if its off campus. A lot of cool people go here you just have to find the click you fit. The biggest controversy was either the "gunman" on campus or one of our building's roofs collapsing. There is some school pride but no one goes to any of the games really, a select few... that needs to change.

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  6. Describe the students at your school.

    My classmates are kind and caring and ready to learn about both school and life.

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  7. What are the academics like at your school?

    Professors know your name after the first week of class! they say hey to you on campus and i've even eaten at their house before, its awesome! Students studying varies on their major! We do have a absence policy and if you miss too many classes you can fail becaue of it, thats kind of a gay policy but it happens...trust me.

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  8. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    socail life is okay, if you know the right people off campus it can be SO fun!

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  9. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    how back stabbing the people would be. the expecation to find a husband

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  10. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    strong Christian base. God and religion are spoken about freely. You are considered an "odd ball" if you are not a believer in the Lord

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  11. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    A person who is not serious about their education or a person who does not strive to become a better and more intelligent individual.

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  12. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Someone who attends this school should be intentional about getting the most out of their college experience, both in academics and social life. One would need to be able to study hard and balance all the things this school has to offer in their organizations and extracurricular activities. There are so many opportunities to meet people and form relationships, but it does take some effort to mold these relationships into life-long. In order to fully appreciate Samford, students have to be willing to work hard in all aspects of their lives.

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  13. What's unique about your campus?

    The best thing about Samford is its environment. The campus is so different from many others--e.g., alcohol is not allowed on campus. It's not a typical party school, but we all seem to have lots of fun anyway! To me, Samford is like a breath of fresh air. We're unique; we don't just blindly follow what "everyone" does.

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  14. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    There is nothing to do on the weekends.

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  15. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    Samford honestly is not diverse enough. I don't like that people tend to hang out only with other people of their same race. People are very friendly to others of different races, but unfortunately caucasian by far the dominant race. There are too many women as well. The ratio of men to women is around 40{4a082faed443b016e84c6ea63012b481c58f64867aa2dc62fff66e22ad7dff6c} to 60{4a082faed443b016e84c6ea63012b481c58f64867aa2dc62fff66e22ad7dff6c}, which is frustrating.

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  16. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    It's known for it's academic prestige and religious affiliations. My school is one of the best private schools in the South, and was ranked 27th out of all national universities according to Forbes magazine. The coursework is challenging, but the emphasis on other activities - especially community outreach - is also great. There are numerous programs and organizations for students to become involved in, and many students choose to spend their time in this way. The productivity of this school through its students is truly commendable.

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  17. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    Samford students build strong relationships with eachother without having alcohol as the center of the relationship.

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  18. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Samford is a beautiful university, offering students a great education at a discount rate (thanks to the Alabama Baptists.

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  19. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    When most people think Samford they think white upperclass republican baptists. For the most part this is true, however there are those of us, especially upperclassmen that have liberal views and do not fit the "typical Samford student". There are homophobes on campus but everyone I have met so far has subverted the traditional Samford image everyone thinks of. Despite what the school tells you there is a lot of underground drinking and minor weed usage. Come for the campus, stay because your credits won't transfer is the unnoficial motto!

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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

97% of students attending Samford University receive some sort of financial aid. 11% were awarded federal grants. While 34% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

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