Samford University

Samford University

Samford University was founded in 1841 as Howard College. Its first classes were held on January 3, 1842. The college moved to its present campus in 1957. It gained university status on November 9, 1965, and was renamed Samford University in honor of Frank Park Samford. The university campus is spread across an area of around 180 acres in Homewood, Alabama. Samford University offers an array of degrees and programs through the following schools and colleges:

  • Beeson School of Divinity
  • Brock School of Business
  • Cumberland School of Law
  • Howard College of Arts and Sciences
  • Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
  • McWhorter School of Pharmacy
  • Metro College
  • Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education and Professional Studies
  • School of the Arts

Samford University competes in the Southern Conference and is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I. Its sports teams are known as the Samford Bulldogs.

Among the famous graduates of Samford University are Deidre Downs, the winner of Miss America 2005; R. Albert Mohler, Jr., the president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; and Charles Crist, the Governor of Florida.

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Samford University
800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham , AL 35229-2240
General Phone: (205) 726-2011

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Samford University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Law172law, foreign lawyers, legal assistant
Business and Management169business management, accounting, managerial economics, human resources development, international business
Medicine121pre-med, pharmacy
Nursing and Emergency Medicine117registered nursing, nurse anesthetist
Education and Teaching114educational administration, gifted and talended education, student counseling, elementary school teaching, teacher ed, teacher education, physical education teaching, history teaching
Liberal Arts100Latin American studies, German language, French language, Spanish language, Classical languages, Ancient Greek language, English, general studies, geography, ...
Religion and Philosophy78religion, religious music, theology, ministry, theological and ministerial studies
Science57biology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics
Media42communication studies, journalism
Family and Social Work33food and related services, family studies, public administration
Design31interior design, graphic design
Therapy and Counseling27psychology, counseling psychology
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy25health and physical education, exercise science, athletic trainer
Music18music performance, music theory and composition, voice
Drama and Performing Arts16drama, various performing arts
Engineering Technician9environmental control tech
Art Studies4art studies
Computer Science and Engineering4computer science
Conservation and Resource Management2environmental studies

Number of programs and degrees for Samford University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree60751
Master's degree15013
Post-master's certificate273
Doctor's degree232
Associate's degree51
First-professional degree3193
Award of less than 1 academic year121

Samford University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Samford University had a total enrollment of 4,485 students (3,388 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 37%
Women 63%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 62%
Graduate 14%
First Professional 24%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 86%
Black 8%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 3%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 27%
20-21 27%
22-24 22%
25-29 12%
30-34 4%
35-39 3%
40-49 3%
50-64 2%

Samford University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 84 %
Part-Time 50 %

Samford University Room and Board (2007)

Samford University offers campus housing for 1,860 of its 3,388 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Birmingham, Alabama for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Alabama Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Samford University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal510630
SAT Math500610
ACT Verbal2229
ACT Math2027
ACT Composite2227

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT47%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT82%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Samford University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 19,410
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 19,410
Room and board $ 6,294
Room charge $ 3,070
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,224
Books and supplies $ 1,200
Other expenses $ 4,200

Financial Aid:
Samford University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 103600)

Samford University Faculty

Samford University has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year7$115,5207$96,732
Associate professorcalendar year5$93,2806$98,755
Assistant professorcalendar year9$90,63614$85,943
Instructorcalendar year0*2*
All faculty totalcalendar year21$99,56129$89,784

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year68$93,32918$75,598
Associate professoracademic year31$66,50422$63,182
Assistant professoracademic year36$55,33549$54,579
Instructoracademic year3$43,01113$41,374
All faculty totalacademic year138$76,298102$58,461

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Samford University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Southern Conference
Basketball Southern Conference
Baseball Southern Conference
Track Southern Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports187088

Samford University Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Managerial Economics
Human Resources Development
International Business/Trade/Commerce

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Graphic Design
Interior Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Visual and Performing Arts, Other

Education And Teaching
Education/Teaching of the Gifted and Talented
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
History Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Student Counseling and Personnel Services, Other
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Levels & Methods, Other

Engineering Technician
Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians, Other

Family And Social Work
Foods, Nutrition, and Related Services, Other
Human Development and Family Studies, General
Public Administration

Law (LLB, JD)
Legal Assistant/Paralegal
Programs for Foreign Lawyers (LLM, MCL)

Liberal Arts
Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
General Studies
German Language and Literature
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Latin American Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Pharmacy (PharmD [USA], PharmD or BS/BPharm [Canada])
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies

Music Performance, General
Music Theory and Composition
Voice and Opera

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nurse Anesthetist
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Health and Physical Education, General
Kinesiology and Exercise Science

Religion And Philosophy
Divinity/Ministry (BD, MDiv)
Religion/Religious Studies
Religious/Sacred Music
Theological and Ministerial Studies, Other
Theology/Theological Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Counseling Psychology
Psychology, General

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What Sets Samford University Apart:

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% students on athletic fin. aid
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Top 18%Samford University Faculty/student ratio (full-time)

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