Samford University


January 10, 2011

Our Story


On a morning when Birmingham is covered with snow and ice, here is a note from Marigene Chamberlain, with our students and faculty in Costa Rica: 


We arrived late on January 1.  It is a great way to start the new year, in a beautiful, lush country.  We've been busy these first few days, getting the students settled in with their host families, taking a tour of the volcano Irazu and the Sarapiqui River where we saw two crocodiles, a sloth, and various tropical birds and howler monkeys, as well as starting classes and having a tour of downtown San Jose.  Today we go to a coffee plantation after class. 


The world is better because of Samford's appreciation for diverse cultures and convictions. 



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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