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Samford University is Alabama’s top-ranked private university with nationally ranked academic programs rooted in the university’s Christian mission. Located in suburban Birmingham, Samford was founded in 1841 and is the 87th oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. It enrolls 5,471 students from 47 states and 29 countries in 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health.

In 2017, U.S. News and World Report ranked Samford third among regional universities in the South. Samford also has been nationally ranked for academic programs, value and affordability by such prestigious publications and rankings as Kiplinger’s Personal FinanceThe Princeton Review andColleges of Distinction, among others.

Samford offers 30 undergraduate and graduate/professional degrees. There are 158 undergraduate majors, minors and concentrations. Graduate/professional degrees are offered in business, divinity, design studies, education, health professions, environmental management, law, music, nursing, pharmacy and public health. The university’s College of Health Sciences is adding many new undergraduate and graduate/professional programs in the next few years.

The faculty-to-student ratio is 1:12, and no classes are taught by teaching assistants. Among Samford’s 48,000-plus alumni are more than 60 U.S. congressmen, seven state governors, two U.S. Supreme Court justices, four Rhodes Scholars, multiple Emmy and Grammy award-winning artists, two national championship football coaches, and recipients of the Pulitzer and Nobel Peace prizes.

The university fields 17 varsity sports—eight men’s and nine women’s—that participate at the NCAA Division I level in the Southern Conference.

Samford has an annual economic impact of $335.1 million on the state of Alabama.

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New Sam.wav Podcast Focuses on Samford History and Stories
Sam.wav: History Uncompressed is aimed at sharing various oral history projects in an audio and episodic format. 
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Hidden Gems: Hudnall Library
Completed in 1993, Hudnall Library increased Samford's library capacity by 50 percent and greatly improved the aesthetics of the building.  
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Samford Wraps Up 175th Anniversary Celebration During May Commencement
Samford University wrapped up a yearlong celebration of the school’s 175th anniversary with a series of seven commencement programs during May. 
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Samford’s Earth Day Celebration Highlights Sustainability Initiatives
Samford upheld its commitment to sustainability is through the celebration of Earth Day April 20.  
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Hidden Gems: Bashinsky Field House
Bashinsky Field House, home to a multitude of concepts classes, intramural games and the annual Step Sing banner drop tradition, is a special treasure on the Samford University campus. 
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Samford Legacy League Scholarship Celebration to Feature Annie Moses Band
The internationally acclaimed Annie Moses Band is headlining the Samford Legacy League’s annual scholarship celebration April 27. 
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Business Alabama: A New Vision for Samford
Samford University’s past, present and future are highlighted in a major profile in the April issue of ‘Business Alabama’ magazine.