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  • Application Information

    Samford 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 applicant’s potential for involvement and leadership in the programs and services of the university.

    All Students+

    Application Requirements

    All students applying to Samford are required to provide the following:

    Application

    Samford has an online application and also accepts the Common Application for your convenience. Students will receive the same consideration regardless of which method they choose. The application fee is $40.

    Essay

    Your essay should be 250 words minimum (1 to 2 pages are preferred), and the topic is YOU! Students who have applied via the Common Application do not need to submit an additional essay.

    Academic Recommendation

    Samford requires an academic letter of recommendation from a guidance counselor or teacher.

    New Students+

    New Student Admission Criteria

    Admission standards are competitive and selective. The Admission Committee selects the entering class from among those whose academic performance gives the strongest promise of success in college. It is Samford’s intent to maintain an undergraduate student body with diverse background, interests, and abilities.

    New Student Requirements

    In addition to the requirements for all students above, Samford also requires the following for new students:

    Official Test Scores

    Please contact the testing agency to have your ACT and/or SAT scores sent directly to Samford. Samford’s Code: ACT: 0016 SAT: 1302

    High School Transcripts

    Samford requires official high school transcripts to be sent directly from your school. (Note: Samford will accept transcripts electronically via E-script and Docufide.)

    Dual Enrollment or AP Credits

    Incoming freshman can transfer in up to 12 hours of dual enrollment credit hours. Dual Enrollment is defined as classes taken by a student to satisfy high school graduation requirements with which they also received college credit for. In order for credit to be considered for transfer, the student must request an official transcript, with the final grades reported, from the college where they have received credit. The course(s) have to have been obtained with a B- or better. The transcripts must be sent to the Office of Admission.

    If a college course is taken during the students time in high school that is not needed to satisfy high school graduation requirements, this credit may be considered for transfer credit beyond the initial 12 hours. The maximum aggregate total for credit an entering freshman may bring to Samford, through AP, dual enrollment, CLEP, IB, etc., is 30 hours. In addition, the only core curriculum class that an entering freshman may transfer in, or place out of, is UCCA 101. For more information concerning Dual Enrollment please refer to our University Catalog.

    If more than 12 hours of college credit have been attained while in high school, it is the student’s responsibility to have their guidance counselor write a letter stating which courses, if any, were not required for high school graduation. That letter may be faxed (205-726-2171) or mailed to the Office of Admission at Samford University. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure that the official transcript(s) are mailed to the Office of Admission upon posting of the final semester’s grades. This will ensure that all credit can be evaluated before orientation and the student will be registered for the appropriate courses.

    New Student Dates & Deadlines

    August 1

    The application is available online for completion and submission.

    November 1

    Applications completed by this date will receive admission notification in early November.

    December 1

    Applications completed by this date will receive admission notification in early December.

    December 15

    Deadline to receive academic and leadership scholarship consideration. All applications must be completed and submitted by this date to receive full scholarship consideration. (Note: other departments and programs at Samford may have additional scholarship opportunities, applications, and deadlines.)

    March 15

    Deadline to receive non-merit based scholarship consideration. All applications must be completed and submitted by this date to receive non-merit scholarship consideration.

    Transfer Students+

    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

    Samford requires official college transcripts to be sent directly from your school. (Note: Samford will accept transcripts electronically via E-script and Docufide.)

    High School Information

    Students who have completed less than 24 semester credits must also submit their official high school transcript and ACT or SAT test scores. Samford’s Code: ACT: 0016 SAT: 1302

    Check Credit Equivalency

    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.

    November 15

    Recommended application date for Winter term

    December 15

    Recommended application date for Spring semester

    January 24

    Spring Transfer Orientation (Class registration)

    May 1

    Recommended application date for Summer term

    June 13

    Fall Transfer Orientation (Class registration)

    July 1

    Recommended application date for Fall semester

    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 Students+

    International Student Requirements

    In addition to the requirements for all students above, international students also need to provide the following:

    Visa

    For Samford to produce the I-20 necessary for students to come and study in America we must have Official Government documentation (Passport, Visa) and financial support documents (Bank Statement) showing available, liquid funds, in the amount of $35,000 USD. Please note that the bank statements should be signed and sealed by the bank.

    WES or AACRAO Evaluation

    Students who have attended a high school, college or university outside of the United States must submit their transcripts to WES or AACRAO to receive an official evaluation.

    Proof of English Proficiency

    Samford requires that students display English proficiency through either the TOEFL iBT or IELTS. TOEFL iBT range: 80-90 or IELTS: 6.5

    International Freshman Requirements

    In addition to the common requirements above, Samford also requires the following for international freshmen students:

    Official Test Scores

    Please contact the testing agency to have your ACT and/or SAT scores sent directly to Samford. Samford’s Code: ACT: 0016 SAT: 1302 (Student may request waiver)

    High School Transcripts

    Samford requires translated and notarized official high school transcripts to be sent directly from your school. (Note: Samford will accept transcripts electronically via E-script and Docufide.)

    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:

    Official Transcripts

    Translated and notarized transcripts must be sent directly from your school to Samford.

    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.

    Request Your Official Transcripts

    Translated and notarized transcripts must be sent directly from your school to Samford.