Samford University's board of trustees has approved the 2014-15 tuition and fee schedule.
Undergraduate tuition for full-time students will be $13,262 per semester, a 3.9 percent increase over the 2013-14 tuition of $12,764. This equals the lowest percentage increase in undergraduate tuition in more than 25 years, university officials said.
Housing rates for undergraduates will range from $1,920 to $4,015 per semester, based on residence facility. Meal plans will range from $1,737-$2,163 per semester, based on the plan selected.
Campus life and technology fees remain unchanged for 2014-15.
Tuition for Samford's Evening College is unchanged at $350 per credit hour.
Tuition in Samford's Cumberland School of Law will be $18,117 per semester, a $179 per semester increase over 2013-14 and the first tuition increase in two years.
Graduate tuition in Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing will be $762 per credit hour for most programs, and the nurse anesthesia program will be $9,358 per semester for 2014-15, a 3 percent increase over 2013-14. Tuition in Beeson Divinity School will be $563 per credit hour. Tuition in arts, business, education and environmental management graduate programs will increase 3 percent to $744 per credit hour.
Tuition for McWhorter School of Pharmacy will be $17,191, a 3 percent increase over 2013-14.
"We take very seriously the investment families are making in a Samford education, and our goal is to keep the cost of that investment as reasonable as possible," said R. Phil Kimrey, Samford's vice president for student affairs and enrollment management. "Our students expect high-quality, rigorous academic programs, and we seek to find balance between those expectations and affordability."
Kimrey noted that Samford's total undergraduate costs continue to be about 15 percent below the national average for private universities, according to statistics released by The College Board. Samford's tuition also is $5,000-$17,000 less than its private institution peers in the Southern Conference. Samford is nationally-recognized for value and affordability by Kiplinger's Personal Finance, Forbes, The Princeton Review and others.
Samford also enjoys a growing national reputation and increasing recognitions for our academic programs, Kimrey added. In 2014, Samford is ranked third in the South among regional universities by U.S. News & World Report.Cumberland School of Law is ranked 40th nationally by The National Jurist, and online graduate programs in Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing recently were ranked 24th nationally by U.S. News.