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Samford University

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About Samford University

Samford University is Alabama’s top-ranked private university with nationally ranked academic programs rooted in the university’s Christian mission. Located in suburban Birmingham, Samford was founded in 1841 and is the 87th oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. It enrolls 5,206 students from 46 states and 32 countries in 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health.

In 2015, U.S. News and World Report ranked Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford also has been nationally ranked for academic programs, value and affordability by such prestigious publications and rankings as Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, The Princeton Review and Colleges of Distinction, among others.

Samford offers 30 undergraduate and graduate/professional degrees. There are 158 undergraduate majors, minors and concentrations. Graduate/professional degrees are offered in business, divinity, design studies, education, health professions, environmental management, law, music, nursing, pharmacy and public health. The university’s College of Health Sciences is adding many new undergraduate and graduate/professional programs in the next few years.

Campus information

With more than 50 Georgian-Colonial buildings set on a manicured 200-acre campus, Samford is an idyllic place to be your college home. Our award-winning campus is often called one of the most beautiful in America.

Samford is located in Homewood, a suburban community of about 26,000 that embraces its partnership with a nationally-recognized university. Its unique downtown features boutiques, trendy restaurants and established Birmingham restaurant traditions.


The university seeks to foster a spirit of community, benefiting from the full participation of each campus citizen.The student and the community are best served when the student is available to be involved in campus activities. Experience confirms that students who reside on campus are more likely to be fully engaged in their educational experiences, more likely to establish strong interpersonal relationships, and more likely to learn from group and interpersonal interaction.

To maximize the university experience, all unmarried undergraduates 20 years of age and under are required to reside in university housing, unless they live at home with a parent or guardian. Undergraduate students who are at least 21 years old at the beginning of the term, and who have completed two full years of undergraduate study with a satisfactory GPA, may petition the Office of Residence Life for permission to reside off campus. In addition, students must have a satisfactory record of personal conduct, and valid reasons for living off campus. Graduate students and students at least 22 years of age are not guaranteed University housing and are accommodated on a space-available basis after undergraduates are assigned.

During the summer and January terms, housing is limited to students enrolled at Samford University during the term, or to students required to be in residence to participate in university-approved activities. During fall and spring semesters, housing is limited to full-time students or to part-time students with special needs. On-campus housing is not available to students over 24 years of age, without permission from the Vice President of Student Affairs.


Courses available 11

Accounting & Finance 1 Agriculture Studies 1 Applied, Pure Sciences 1 Business, Management 1 Computer Science, IT 1 Creative Arts & Design 1 English Language 1 Health and Medicine 1 Humanities & Social Sciences 2 Mass Communication & Media 2


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