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    Bulldog Days Orientation

    Congratulations, and welcome to the Samford family! Bulldog Days is Samford’s new student orientation program for students and parents. Participation in Bulldog Days is required for all entering students, and parents are welcomed and encouraged to attend. Students will stay the first night in a residence hall during orientation. For parents, we will soon have blocks of rooms reserved at our host hotels, Hampton Inn Mountain Brook and Courtyard Marriott Lakeshore.

    Students who have submitted their $250 enrollment/housing deposit can register for Bulldog Days on their Application Status Page.

    Bulldog Days


    • June 1–2, 2015
    • June 8–9, 2015
    • June 15–16, 2015
    • June 18–19, 2015
    • August 13–14, 2015

    Transfer Students

    • June 12, 2015
    • August 14, 2015

    Student Schedule Parent Schedule Transfer Student Schedule Download App

    Hotels, Restaurants & Attractions+

    Before Orientation+

    Guidebook app

    Download our Guidebook app to view the orientation schedule, campus maps and all things Samford.


    As you review the orientation schedule, please notice that Bulldog Days is walking intensive. If you would like to request any special accommodations for you or a family member, please contact us at orientation@samford.edu.

    Language Placement

    Also on the schedule, you will see time set aside for a language placement exam, which is used to determine students’ entry level into language courses at Samford—no need to study in advance. However, if you need to request special accommodations to take this exam, please contact us at orientation@samford.edu.


    Students should have received a username and password from Technology Services when they were admitted to Samford. Students will need this information to register for classes during orientation. If you did not receive or have misplaced your username and password, contact Technology Services at 205-726-2662.

    Bulldog Mail

    Students should go to portal.samford.edu and log in with your username and password. From there, click the Bulldog Mail icon in the upper right corner of the screen to log in to Bulldog Mail.

    Major Change Form

    At orientation, each students’ academic advisor will be assigned based on their major. Students who would like to change their major before they arrive for orientation should log in to their application status page and submit the Change of Major form.

    Packing List

    Students will stay in a residence hall the first night of orientation, so we recommend bringing the following items:

    • Sheets/Blanket or sleeping bag
    • Pillow
    • Alarm clock
    • Toiletries
    • Towel
    • Bathroom shoes
    • Umbrella/raincoat
    • Light sweater or a jacket

    Health Form

    Students must their submit health form and/or immunization record by the first day of class or date of move-in on campus (whichever occurs first). Students should log in to their application status page to access and submit these forms. Students can also submit these forms at orientation check-in.

    Housing Contract

    All students living in on-campus housing are required to complete a housing contract. To submit your contract, log in to Portal using your Samford username and password. Then, look under the Quick Links list on the left and select Student Housing—2015 New Student Housing Contract.

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    Orientation Leaders+

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    Alex Fortanbary 


    Hometown: Marietta, GA
    Major: Geography
    Favorite spot on campus: Ben Brown Plaza
    Ashley  Lyon Photo

    Ashley Lyon 


    Hometown: Alpine, CA
    Major: Elementary Education
    Favorite place in Birmingham: The Lookout - you can see the entire city of Birmingham!
    Austin   Ferrer Photo

    Austin Ferrer 


    Hometown: Bradenton, FL
    Major: Journalism & Mass Communication
    Favorite Samford tradition: Rubbing Major Davis' bronze nose for good luck in the library
    Brianna   Walker  Photo

    Brianna Walker  


    Hometown: Vestavia, AL
    Major: Marketing
    Favorite place in Birmingham: The Summit
    Cameron  Gonzalez Photo

    Cameron Gonzalez 


    Hometown: Ooltewah, TN
    Major: Marketing & Entrepreneurship
    Most memorable Samford moment: Sprinting from the balcony to the stage after winning the Step Sing Sweepstakes trophy
    Drew   Smothermon Photo

    Drew Smothermon 


    Hometown: Carmel, IN
    Major: Business
    Favorite spot on campus: The Quad
    Elizabeth  Poulos Photo

    Elizabeth Poulos 


    Hometown: Fayetteville, NC
    Major: Science and Religion (Pre-Medicine)
    Dream job: Pediatric specialist at Children's of Alabama hospital in Birmingham
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    Molly McCoy  


    Hometown: Macon, GA
    Major: Interior Architecture
    Favorite place in Birmingham: Pepper Place Farmers Market
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    Summer Adventure+

    Summer Adventure is an exclusive opportunity for enrolled students in the Class of 2019. We hope this time will help prepare incoming students for the transition to the Samford community by giving them a chance to explore the outdoors while getting to know fellow classmates. This trip is optional, but we hope each of you will consider attending. Summer Adventure registration is open to enrolled students through the Application Status Page

    When is it?

    • Summer Adventure: June 19–21

    What will we get to do?

    • Raft down 10 miles of rapids
    • Enjoy the great outdoors with fellow classmates and orientation leaders
    • Take part in the annual bonfire with marshmallow roasting

    Tentative Schedule