Samford University

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School Overview

Samford University is a private Christian university located in Birmingham, AL. The university offers premier academic programs taught by accomplished professors. Samford University offers over 105 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Many students enroll at Samford University to prepare for professional programs. The university offers excellent pre-law, pre-pharmacy, and pre-medicine undergraduate programs.

Some of the university’s notable master’s degree programs include nursing, music, law, education, divinity, business management, and biology. The school offers a few doctorate programs, including programs in ministry, education, nursing, law, and pharmacy.

Samford University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (205) 726-2011
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
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Address: 800 Lakeshore Drive, Birmingham, AL 35229-2240
Setting: Suburb: Large
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 5,692
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 76%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 12 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 3,966 (70% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $32,850
Out-of-state Tuition: $32,850
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $17,168

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Samford University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Samford University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Architecture and Related Services 1
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 1
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 3
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 102
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 2
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 2
Education 3691
Engineering 1
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 1
English Language and Literature/Letters 1
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 31
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 6
Health Professions and Related Programs 11111
History 1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 1
Legal Professions and Studies 122
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 2
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 3
Natural Resources and Conservation 11
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 3
Philosophy and Religious Studies 4
Physical Sciences 2
Psychology 1
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 31
Social Sciences 5
Theology and Religious Vocations 213
Visual and Performing Arts 132
Grand total 790331

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Samford University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $32,850
Out-of-state $32,850
Books and supplies $1,000

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $18,364
Out-of-state $18,364

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 955 100%
Grant or scholarship aid 950 99% $17,168
Student loan aid 322 34% $9,064

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 3,311 94% $16,684
Federal student loans 1,135 32% $6,306

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Samford University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Samford University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 3,912 1,306 2,606
Percent admitted 100% 79% 86%
Percent admitted who enrolled 23% 21% 24%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Samford University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 5,692
Undergraduate enrollment 3,591
Graduate enrollment 2,101

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Samford University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship
    • Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
    • Pharmacy (PHAR) - Professional degree programs
  • American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
    • Law (LAW) - Professional schools
  • American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
    • Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist
    • Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
    • Clinical doctoral program in Audiology
  • Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools
    • Theology (THEOL) - Freestanding schools, as well as programs affiliated with larger institutions, offering graduate professional education for ministry and graduate study of theology
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
  • Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
    • Nurse Anesthesia (ANEST) - Institutions and programs at the master's degree, post master's certificate or doctoral degree levels
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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