• Address: Address: 800 Lakeshore Dr, Homewood, AL 35209, USA

  • Phone Number: 205-726-2011

  • Website: https://www.samford.edu/

About

Samford University is a private not-for-profit university, headquartered at Birmingham in the state of Alabama USA. It was established in 1841 and is one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in the U.S. It has a Baptist religious affiliation and has more than 50,600 alumni present in the 50 states of U.S. and 60 countries worldwide. It is a research university teaching students globally.

The university offers 168 undergraduate majors and minors through its 10 schools. 97% of undergraduate alumni are employed or are pursuing an education in graduate schools.

  • Samford University acceptance rate is 91%.

  • The student-faculty ratio is 12:1.

  • The total student population is 5,471 which includes 5,148 full-time and 323 part-time students.  

  • The total graduation rate is 73%.

  • Samford University address is 800 Lakeshore Dr, Homewood, AL 35209, USA.

Samford University Online

The online portal provides students with university events and updates. Most of the departments are having an online presence. Samford University portal is available for the students as a one-stop online resource site.  

Samford University Moodle- It is designed for students who are enrolled in online courses. Online students can access the lessons, lectures, and course materials from moodle. The professors can interact with the online students through this platform and resolve the issues.

Samford University student portal- It is available for both online and on-campus students to log in with the student accounts and access all the relevant information related to course, e-library, and news related to the university. 


Samford University Schools

The university has 10 schools providing education in various fields.

Ida Moffett School of Nursing Cumberland School of Law
McWhorter School of Pharmacy School of Public Health
Orlean Beeson School of Education Beeson Divinity School
Brock School of Business
Howard College of Arts and Sciences
College of Health Science School of the Arts

Samford University Reviews

  • Professors are experienced and supportive of the students.

  • It provides great infrastructure and lab facilities to the students.

  • The community feeling and Christian value-based education are provided to every student.

  • The university offers various job opportunities to the students through campus placements.

Overview

Institution Type

(4 Years) Private Not-For-Profit

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Headquartered at

Birmingham, Alabama

FAFSA/Federal School Code

001036

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Institutional Accreditation

SACSCOC

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Programmatic Accreditation

CAHME, ACEND, ACEN

Religious Affiliation

Baptist

Historically Black College or University

No

Data Source: https://www.samford.edu/, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS, Federal Student Aid, CHEA.

Accreditation

Institutional Accreditation

The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Programmatic Accreditation

  • Healthcare programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management

  • Nutrition education programs are accredited by the accreditation council for education in nutrition and dietetics academy of nutrition and dietetics.

  • Nursing programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

Campus Life

The university has 60 Georgian Colonial buildings present on 247-acre huge campus. It is one of the most beautiful campuses in America. It is located in Homewood, suburban community.

The Greek life fraternities present in the campus helps the overall development of the students by imbibing them with qualities like service and leadership. Community members help each other.

Samford University Dorms - The department of residence provides good quality facilities to the students living in the university dorms.

University Bookstore - It has textbooks available to buy, rent or compare. It also offers merchandisers such as accessories, gifts, drinkware, gift cards, jewelry, and parents gift items. It has both an online and physical presence.

Samford University Athletics - 'Samford Bulldogs' is the name of the university athletics teams. They participate in NCAA Division I sports. It has both men’s and women’s athletic teams playing 17 sports. They have won 35 championships since 2008 and have participated in intercollegiate tournaments and prestigious southern conference. The university has 356 student-athletes present.

Football -  The university has a men's football team. They participate in NCAA Division I athletic competitions. Football players in the university are richly acclaimed. They are awarded scholarships and endorsements from various companies.

Statistics

Key Statistics
Student Faculty Ratio 12: 1
Total Population 5,471
Student Population Full Time: 5,148 Part Time: 323
Gender Division Male: 36 % Female: 64 %

Graduation Rate

The College Monk

Male: 69 %

The College Monk

Female: 75 %

Total Graduation Rate: 73 %

Graduation rate with bachelors degree completed

Race & Ethnicity

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS for Fall 2016.

Majors and Online Programs

Samford University offers 20 online programs across 7 Majors

Business Management

Offering 2 programs accross 2 degrees

Education

Offering 4 programs accross 2 degrees

Nursing

Offering 3 programs accross 2 degrees

Health Science

Offering 8 programs accross 3 degrees

Law

Offering 1 programs accross 1 degrees

Information Systems

Offering 1 programs accross 1 degrees

Design

Offering 1 programs accross 1 degrees

Admissions

Samford University Acceptance Rate is 91%

Application Fee
Undergraduate Application Fee $40
Graduate Application Fee $35

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS for Fall 2017.

Admission Statistics
Total Applicants 3,446
Total Applicants Admitted 3,149
Applicants Enrolled 916
Full time Applicants Enrolled 916
Admission Requirements
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Considered but not required
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS for Fall 2016.

Samford University Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)
Number of students submitting SAT scores 302
Number of students submitting ACT scores 794
Percent of students submitting SAT scores 33%
Percent of students submitting ACT scores 86%
SAT Math 555 average 500 - 610 range
SAT Critical Reading 550 average 490 - 610 range
SAT Writing 555 average 500 - 610 range
ACT Composite 26 average 23 - 29 range

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS for Fall 2015-2016.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

The university offers various financial aids for the students to help them in bearing educational expenses. The Samford University FAFSA/Federal School Code is 001036. 

Some of the financial aids offered are given below.

Pell Grant and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant are the Federal Grants available. Direct Subsidized Loan, Direct Unsubsidized Loan, and Direct PLUS Loan are the Federal Loans available. The federal work-study program is also offered to the students.

Academic Scholarship, Legacy Scholarship, Leadership Scholarship, Minister Dependent Scholarship, and National Merit Scholarship are the Samford University Scholarships available as Institutional Aid.

Post 9/11 GI Bill, Survivors & Dependents Assistance, Honorable Discharge, Veteran Vocational Rehabilitation, Veterans Educational Assistance Program, and Reserve Educational Assistance Program are the Military Aids available.

Alabama State Grant is available as State Aid.

96% of the students received either federal, state or institutional aids from the university. $29,544 is the average amount awarded as the grant or scholarship per year to the eligible students. 

Federal Aid

Federal Grants Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Pell Grant $3,946 Undergraduate Student, U, S Citizen or an Eligible Non- Citizen. March 1st, 2019
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) $960 Undergraduate Student, U, S Citizen or an Eligible Non- Citizen. March 1st, 2019
Federal Loans Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Direct Subsidized Loan $6,059 U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen. Enrolled at least half-time. March 1st, 2019
Direct Unsubsidized Loan $6,059 U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen. Enrolled at least half-time. March 1st, 2019
Direct PLUS Loan $17,868 U.S citizen or an eligible noncitizen. Enrolled at least half-time. Should not have an adverse credit history. March 1st, 2019
Federal Financial Aid Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Federal Work Study Varies U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen. Maintain satisfactory academic progress. March 1st, 2019

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

State Grants and Scholarships

State Grants Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Alabama State Grant $450 Alabama resident. Full time or part time enrollment. March 1st, 2019

Data Source: https://www.samford.edu/, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Scholarships and Grants

Institutional Scholarships Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Academic Scholarship Varies Student's best scores from the ACT, old SAT and redesigned SAT. GPA of 3.0 February 15th, 2019
Leadership Scholarship Varies GPA of 2.50, Student's best scores from the ACT and SAT. December 1st, 2018
Legacy Scholarships Varies GPA of 2.50, February 15th, 2019
Minister Dependent Scholarship Varies Any student whose parent has been ordained by, and is actively serving in a full-time, paid position in a church, parachurch, or missions organization. December 1st, 2018
National Merit Scholarship Varies Finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Indicate Samford University as their first choice institution. Maintain a cumulative 3.0 Samford GPA. February 15th, 2019

Data Source: https://www.samford.edu/, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Military and Veteran Benefits

Military Financial Aid Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Honorable Discharge Varies Served a minimum of two years continuous active duty and received an honorable discharge Varies
Survivors & Dependents Assistance (DEA) Varies Children, spouses, and surviving spouses of veterans who died or are permanently and totally disabled Varies
Post 9/11 GI Bill $16,162 Individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service after September 10, 2001. Honorably discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. Varies
Veteran Vocational Rehabilitation Varies The student must have been injured while on active duty. Must receive Form VA-28-1905 from the VA Counseling Center Varies
Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) Varies Elected to make contributions from own military pay to participate in this education benefit program. Varies
Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) Varies Members of the Reserve component called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency. Varies

Data Source: https://www.samford.edu/, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Federal Aid based on family income

Family Income Average Federal Aid per year
Under $30,000 $22,498
$30,001 - $48,000 $31,440
$48,001 - $75,000 $27,761
$75,001 - $110,000 $30,207
Over $110,000 $31,226

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Federal, State or Institutional Aid Awarded Percent Avg Amount per year
Undergraduate students awarded Pell grants 12% $4,168
Federal, State or Institutional aid awarded for Full-time, first-time undergraduates 96% $14,122
Federal Grant awarded for full-time, first-time undergraduates 11% $4,828
Institutional Grant awarded for full-time, first-time undergraduates 95% $13,524
Students Loans awarded for full-time, first-time undergraduates 35% $8,953
Federal Students Loans awarded for full-time, first-time undergraduates 34% $5,836
Average aid awarded as grant or scholarship $ 29,544
Post-9/11 GI Bill Award Number of Students Amount per year
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits 98 $14,696
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduate students 55 $15,945
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduate students 43 $13,098

Data Source: https://www.samford.edu/, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Library

The university has several libraries on the campus. It has 14 librarians present to resolve any query of the students. 990 seating capacity is available for the students. It has several collections of books from children’s collections to core text collections.

There is an e-library as well where the students can log in to the library account and read the research content, textbooks, scholarly journals, books and access several databases, and media.  

Rankings

The university is ranked as Alabama State’s 'Top University' by the Economist and The Wall Street Journal for the academic year 2018.

Following are the rankings according to the U.S. News and World Report.

  • The university is ranked 4th in 'Regional Universities- South' and 2nd in 'Best Colleges for Veterans'.

  • It ranked 9th in 'Best Undergraduate Teaching' and 68th in 'Best Online MBA programs'.

  • It ranked 70th in 'Best Online Graduate Education programs.

FAQ's

  What is the average admission test scores?

The average admission test scores are:

  • A GPA of 4- 4.00.

  • Combined SAT score of 1,150- 1,380.

  • An ACT score of 23- 29.

  What are the majors available?

The available majors are Law, Information System, Designs, Education, Health Science, Business Management, Nursing.

  What is the university address?

The address of the university is 800 Lakeshore Dr, Homewood, AL 35209, USA

  What is the Federal code of the university?

The FAFSA/Federal code of the university is 001036.

  What is the acceptance rate of the university?

The acceptance rate of the university is 91%.

  Is the university institutionally accredited?

The institutional accreditation of the university is by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

  Is a bookstore available at Samford University?

The university offers bookstore to its students where they can tent, buy and compare textbooks. The bookstore offers a wide array of merchandise, it has an online as well as offline presence.

  What is the total number of students attending the university?

The total number of students attending university is around 5,471.

  When is the time to find me a scholarship?

Scholarships are released after the deadline of December 1.

  What are the federal loans available to the students?

Direct Subsidized loan, Direct Unsubsidized loan and Direct PLUS loans are the federal loans available to the students.

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