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
Address:800 Lakeshore Drive, Birmingham, AL 35229-2240
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:5,471
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):69%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:12 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:3,987 (73% 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:$29,402
Out-of-state Tuition:$29,402
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:97%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$14,122

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Samford University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Samford University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies1
Biological and Biomedical Sciences3
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services102
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs2
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services1
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields1
English Language and Literature/Letters1
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences3
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics6
Health Professions and Related Programs164
Legal Professions and Studies111
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities1
Mathematics and Statistics1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies2
Natural Resources and Conservation1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies3
Philosophy and Religious Studies3
Physical Sciences2
Public Administration and Social Service Professions31
Social Sciences4
Theology and Religious Vocations113
Visual and Performing Arts111
Grand total674211

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at Samford University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Health Professions and Related Programs13
Grand total14

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 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 Fees2016-2017
Books and supplies$1,000

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid80397%
Grant or scholarship aid79496%$14,122
Student loan aid28735%$8,953

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid2,81089%$14,545
Federal student loans1,03833%$6,985

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 2017

Number of applicants3,4461,1402,306
Percent admitted100%91%92%
Percent admitted who enrolled27%26%27%

Admissions Considerations

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 2017

Total Enrollment5,471
Undergraduate enrollment3,341
Graduate enrollment2,130

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
    • 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
  • 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 (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate 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

*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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