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 student's potential for involvement and leadership.

Requirements for All Students

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

Application

Samford accepts our online application and the Common Application. Our application fee is $40.

Essay

Your essay should be 250 words minimum (one to two pages preferred). Students who apply 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. 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 admissionoperations@samford.edu. Only e-mails sent from an official school account will be accepted!

Incoming Freshman Students

Admission Criteria & Requirements

Because Samford’s admission and scholarship process is holistic, we do not have set minimum scores for admission or scholarships. However, our middle 50% scores are 23-29 for the ACT and 1080-1320 (Math + Reading) for the SAT.

In addition to the basic requirements for all students, Samford requires the following for incoming freshman students:

Official Test Scores

Samford currently superscores both the ACT and SAT for admission. However, we only superscore the SAT for scholarship eligibility. 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. We will accept transcripts electronically via E-script and Docufide.

How will the redesigned SAT scores be used in admission?

We use the Evidenced-Based Reading, Writing and Math section scores only from the redesigned SAT for admission and scholarship evaluation purposes. The optional Writing section is not 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 different 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.

Important Dates

New Student Dates & Deadlines*
EventDate
Samford Application Available August 1
First Scholarship Deadline December 1
FAFSA Priority Deadline February 15
Second Scholarship Deadline February 15

*To receive scholarship consideration, your admission application and scholarship application(s) must be completed by the deadlines listed above.

Transfer Students

Admission Criteria & Requirements

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.

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. We 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

Important Dates

We welcome 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.
Transfer Student Dates & Deadlines*
EventDate
Recommended Application for Winter November 15
Recommended Application for Spring December 15
Spring Orientation & Class Registration January 24
Recommended Application for Summer May 1
Fall Orientation & Class Registration June 12
Recommended Application for Fall July 1

*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.

Additional Information for Transfer Students

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.

Enrollment

Once students have been notified of admission to Samford, a $250 Enrollment/Housing Confirmation Deposit must be submitted before May 1 to the Office of Admission. This can be done by either calling their admission counselor, logging into their application status page, or by returning the Enrollment/Housing Confirmation Form included in their Admission packet.