Samford University


Key Facts



1841; 87th oldest university in the U.S. Largest privately supported institution for higher learning in Alabama.

3rd in the South 

among regional universities, U.S. News & World Report (2015). Top-ranked university in Alabama in any category.

31st nationally 

for student participation in international study abroad, Institute of International Education (2014).

Nationally recognized 

for affordability by Kiplinger’s Personal FinanceForbesThe Princeton Review and other prestigious publications and rankings.

Academic programs 

in business, education, law and nursing also have been nationally ranked by various publications and organizations.

Faculty-to-student ratio: 



301 full-time, 85% with terminal degrees; zero classes taught by graduate assistants (Fall 2014)

Record Fall enrollment: 

4,933 (3,051 undergraduate; 1,882 graduate/professional)

Geographic diversity: 

44 states, District of Columbia, 25 countries


25 undergraduate and graduate/professional


17 varsity sports (eight men, nine women) competing at NCAA Division 1 level in the historic Southern Conference

Student organizations: 

About 125 honor, service, leadership, social, ministry, missions and other cocurricular and extracurricular organizations for students.

Annual undergraduate tuition: 

$26,524 (full time)

Estimated annual direct cost of attendance: 

$36,336 (tuition, fees, room and board)


One of three American Bar Association-accredited law schools in Alabama. One of two accredited pharmacy schools in Alabama. The only accredited graduate theology program based in Alabama. Complete list of accreditations

For God, For Learning, Forever, for YOU! 

Samford provides its students with a unique blend of competitive academics and opportunities for spiritual growth. This rare combination provides for a very unique and enriching college experience.

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