Samford University seeks students who have demonstrated high standards of scholarship, outstanding personal character and serious educational aims. Admission to Samford involves a careful analysis of academic records, character references, clarity of educational purpose and extracurricular activities which reflect the student's potential for involvement and leadership.
Fall 2016 Freshman Applications Closed
If you are interested in applying as a freshman for Fall 2016, the application is closed. If you are applying as a freshman for the Fall 2017 semester, please check back on August 1 when the application opens.
All students applying to Samford are required to provide the following:
Dual Enrollment or AP Credits+
Do you qualify to receive Dual Enrollment credit?
College courses taken in a high school setting without external testing (e.g. AP, CLEP, IB) or fulfilling a high school requirement will be treated as dual enrollment credit. Students may transfer up to 12 semester credits of dual enrollment credit in which the student has earned a grade of B- or higher. Transferred coursework must be comparable to Samford courses offered at the 100 and 200 level. Only one Core Curriculum course (UCCA 101) may be transferred as dual enrollment credit.
Did you need your Dual Enrollment course to meet a high school graduation requirement?
YES: Up to 12 credits will be reviewed for transfer credit.
NO: The course(s) will be reviewed for possible transfer credit up to a total of 30 hours.
Dual Enrollment Evaluation Steps
- Request that an official transcript from the college/university where you took course(s) be sent directly to the Samford Office of Admission. Send updated transcripts reflecting final grades for any coursework completed prior to enrolling at Samford (i.e. spring and summer coursework).
- If the dual enrolled courses are not clearly notated on your high school transcript, you are required to send the Dual Enrollment form to your high school guidance counselor. On the form, he/she will need to note which courses were also needed to fulfill high school graduation requirements. Ask him/her to send the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org. Only e-mails sent from an official school account will be accepted!
Incoming Freshman Students+
Incoming Freshman Student Requirements
In addition to the requirements for all students above, Samford requires the following for incoming freshman students:
Official Test Scores
High School Transcripts
How will the redesigned SAT scores be used in admission?
Beginning in fall 2016, the Samford Office of Admission will utilize Evidenced-Based Reading, Writing and Math section scores only from the redesigned SAT for admission and scholarship evaluation purposes. The optional Writing section will not be required and will not be part of freshman or transfer application review. If an applicant submits scores from both versions of the SAT, we will use the score from the higher test result. Samford will continue to produce superscores from multiple administrations of the same version, however, we will not produce a superscore by combining results of both versions of the test.
Based on official concordance tables supplied from the College Board, Samford will provide admission profile data using the current SAT with corresponding scores on the redesigned SAT.
New Student Dates & Deadlines
Transfer Student Admission Criteria
Transfer students generally receive favorable admission review when they present a minimum cumulative 2.50 grade point average on all college-level course work, provided they have attempted at least 24 semester credits, or 36 quarter credits, at institutions accredited by one of the regional accrediting agencies. Please contact the transfer admission counselor with questions.
Transfer Student Requirements
In addition to the requirements for all students above, Samford also requires the following for transfer students:
College School Transcripts
High School Information
Transfer Student Dates & Deadlines
Samford University welcomes transfer students at the beginning of any term. Although there is no formal admission deadline, applicants are encouraged to complete the process as soon as possible. Delays in the admission process could adversely affect other processes important to eventual enrollment, including advising, registration and financial aid. The dates below are recommended application dates. Applications received after the recommended submission dates will be accepted and reviewed for admission.
Please note that these dates are recommended for general admission to the university. Academic departments, programs and schools may require students to meet additional admission requirements, and submit additional applications and/or auditions for admission (i.e. nursing, education, pharmacy, arts). Check with the department, program or school to ensure that you are aware of additional admission requirements and deadlines.
International Student Requirements
In addition to the requirements for all students above, international students also need to provide the following:
WES or AACRAO Evaluation
Proof of English Proficiency
International Freshman Requirements
In addition to the common requirements above, Samford also requires the following for international freshmen students:
Official Test Scores
High School Transcripts
International Transfer Student Requirements
Students interested in transferring credits from any accredited college or university world-wide are encouraged to apply. In addition to the common requirements above, Samford also requires the following for international transfer students:
English as a Second Language Program
International students who do not meet the English proficiency requirement above may apply to Samford's ESL Program for students who wish to study English as a second language before entering a degree seeking program at Samford University. Applications will be evaluated on a case by case basis taking the student's academic criteria into consideration. Students accepted to Samford's ESL program will register for the English Language Learner Institute (ELLI). Upon successful completion of ELLI, students will be offered the opportunity to enter a degree seeking program at Samford University.