Samford University


December 16, 2013

Our Story

One of our recent graduates wrote to me last week to share her appreciation of her experiences at Samford.  She commented on Samford’s “encouraging setting.”

“By ‘encouraging’ I do not mean soft or touchy-feely. Rather, Samford has made me strong.  Samford made me tough; tough enough to trust that my own healing is in the Lord's hands. It made me tough enough to know that I will be just fine and must continue my awareness of others above myself. The encouraging setting at Samford does not lead us to self-absorption,but to selflessness through utter trust in the Lord's ability to heal our every pain.”

The world is better because of this recent Samford graduate.  May her selflessness bring hope to those who need it.


Our Mission

The mission of Samford University is to nurture persons in their development of intellect, creativity, faith, and personhood. As a Christian university, the community fosters academic, career, and ethical competency while encouraging social and civic responsibility, and service to others.

Our Core Values

The Samford community values lifelong:

  • belief in God, the Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord.
  • engagement with the life and teachings of Jesus.
  • learning and responsible freedom of inquiry.
  • personal empowerment, accountability, and responsibility.
  • vocational success and civic engagement.
  • spiritual growth and cultivation of physical well-being.
  • integrity, honesty, and justice.
  • appreciation for diverse cultures and convictions.
  • stewardship of all resources.
  • service to God, to family, to one another, and to the community.

Our Vision

Anchored in Christian understanding, Samford University will be a diverse community, stressing vigorous learning and personal faith, in the Baptist tradition. Within that commonality, the Community will be innovative in teaching, learning and research; sensitive to global issues; aggressive in self-assessment and continuous improvement. Faithful to its mission, Samford will be known and acknowledged worldwide by holding to its core values. The world will be better for it.

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