Samford University


August 30, 2010

Our Story

We are making progress on our strategic priority to engage the global community in learning, faith and service. The Open Doors 2009 Report on International Educational Exchange for the Institute of International Education recorded that 39.2% of that year’s Samford undergraduates had traveled beyond the United States. This ranks Samford near the top of American doctorate-granting universities in percentage of undergraduates engaging in international experiences. (The report is posted at  Already this year Samford students and faculty have traveled to more than 30 different nations on the six habituated continents, pursuing scholarship, research and humanitarian missions.  We have been honored to welcome a host of international visitors to our campus as well. We envision a day when every student will have at least one international experience to prepare for life in a global market and to help heal the broken places in the world.  

The world is better because of Samford’s global engagement. 


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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