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    Freshman Application: We are no longer accepting freshman applications for Fall 2015. The freshman application for Fall 2016 will open August 1.
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    Application Information

    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 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 (one to two pages 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.

    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

    1. 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).
    2. Send the Dual Enrollment form to your high school guidance counselor. On the form, he/she will need to mark which courses were not needed to fulfill high school graduation requirements. Ask him/her to send the completed form to admissionoperations@samford.edu. Only e-mails sent from an official school account will be accepted!
     

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    Incoming Freshman 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.

    Update: The freshman application for Fall 2015 admission is closed. The freshman application for Fall 2016 will open August 1. 

    Incoming Freshman Student Requirements

    In addition to the requirements for all students above, Samford also requires the following for incoming freshman 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.)

    New Student Dates & Deadlines

    August 1

    Samford application available

    December 1

    Presidential and Leadership Scholarship Deadline 

    December 15

    Academic Scholarship Deadline 

    March 1

    Samford Aid Application Deadline 

     

     

    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 12

    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 $37,000 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: 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.
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