Frequently Asked Questions
1. Is there a scholarship associated with the Fellows Program?
Yes. Scholarships are awarded to all students who are selected to join the University Fellows Program. The average award amount is $18,500. Scholarships are awarded to incoming freshmen students and are renewable for up to eight semesters. The University Fellows Scholarship is a top scholarship at Samford University and is mutually exclusive with all other scholarships at Samford with the exception to the Legacy and National Merit Scholarship. The Fellows scholarship can also be combined with any outside scholarships (i.e. Rotary, Coca Cola, etc.) and financial aid. Fellows are required to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 (B) on all course-work at Samford University.
2. What are the requirements to apply for your program?
You must be an entering freshman and have at least a 28 ACT (1250 Math/Critical Reading SAT) score to apply for our program.
3. What are the class sizes in the Fellows program?
Each class has 12-14 students. The Fellows program operates on a learning-community model, which means that each Fellows class (with the exception of WIT 202) is matched with another Fellows class. The two classes that are matched together have the same 12-14 students in them and are taught by two different professors. This allows us to have a student to professor ratio of 7 to 1. The learning-community model encourages discussion across disciplines and allows students to have a more in-depth,enriched learning experience.
4. How many students are accepted?
We accept 40 students each year.
5. What makes the Fellows program unique?
All Fellows take a core curriculum designed especially for them. At the heart of the program is a four-semester Great Books sequence that explores the most important ideas from the Western Intellectual Tradition. These seminar-style courses are complemented by additional classes in classical rhetoric, calculus, biblical studies, the philosophy of science, and global cultures, as well as an innovative first-year course devoted to studying the virtues.
6. Are Fellows required to do a specific "honors" thesis to fulfill graduation requirements?
No. Fellows are not required to do a separate senior thesis or project for the Fellows program. However, each Fellow must complete the graduation requirements for his/her major.
7. Do Fellows have separate honors housing?
No. We encourage our students to view themselves as being a part of the larger University, and this is one reason there is not separate honors housing.
8. Does participating in the Fellows program mean that I take more required hours?
No. Samford University has a core curriculum that all students must complete, regardless of their major. The Fellows program replaces those core curriculum classes (Cultural Perspectives and Communication Arts) with Fellows specific core curriculum classes. The Fellows program also helps fulfill most of the general education requirements all students are required to have.
9. Are Fellows required to have a specific major?
No. One thing the Fellows program values most is inter-disciplinary study. Our students can be found in almost every major on campus, including majors in the professional schools like Nursing, Pharmacy, and Business.