Samford University seeks students who have demonstrated high standards of scholarship, outstanding personal character and serious educational aims. Thank you for your interest in Samford!

Admission Timeline

Freshman Applicants

Successful freshman applicants to Samford University are encouraged to provide the following:

Application

Samford accepts our online application and the Common Application. Our application fee is $40.

Essay

Your essay should be 250 words minimum (one to two pages preferred). Students who apply via the Common Application do not need to submit an additional essay.

High School Transcripts

Official high school transcripts should be sent directly from your school. We will accept transcripts electronically via E-script and Docufide.

Academic Recommendation

An academic letter of recommendation should come from a guidance counselor or teacher.

Official Test Scores

Samford currently superscores both the ACT and SAT for admission. However, we only superscore the SAT for scholarship eligibility. Please contact the testing agency to have your ACT and/or SAT scores sent directly to Samford.

Samford’s Code: ACT: 0016 SAT: 1302

Because Samford’s admission and scholarship process is holistic, we do not have set minimum scores for admission or scholarships. However, our middle 50% scores are 23-29 for the ACT, 1080-1320 (Math + Reading) for the SAT and 1150-1380 for the SAT.

Important Dates

New Student Dates & Deadlines*
Event Date
Samford Application Available August 1
First Scholarship Deadline December 1
FAFSA Priority Deadline February 15
Second Scholarship Deadline February 15

*To receive scholarship consideration, your admission application and scholarship application(s) must be completed by the deadlines listed above.

Transfer Students

Admission Criteria & Requirements

Transfer students generally receive favorable admission review when they present a minimum cumulative 2.50 grade point average on all college-level course work, provided they have attempted at least 24 semester credits, or 36 quarter credits, at institutions accredited by one of the regional accrediting agencies. Please contact the transfer admission counselor with questions.

In addition to the application, essay, and letter of recommendation, Samford also requires the following for transfer students:

College Transcripts

Samford requires official college transcripts to be sent directly from your school. We will accept transcripts electronically via E-script and Docufide.

High School Information

Students who have completed less than 24 semester credits must also submit their official high school transcript and ACT or SAT test scores. Samford’s Code: ACT: 0016 SAT: 1302

Important Dates

We welcome transfer students at the beginning of any term. Although there is no formal admission deadline, applicants are encouraged to complete the process as soon as possible. Delays in the admission process could adversely affect other processes important to eventual enrollment, including advising, registration and financial aid. The dates below are recommended application dates. Applications received after the recommended submission dates will be accepted and reviewed for admission.
 
Transfer Student Dates & Deadlines*
Event Date
Recommended Application for Winter November 15
Recommended Application for Spring December 15
Spring Orientation & Class Registration January 24
Recommended Application for Summer May 1
Fall Orientation & Class Registration June 12
Recommended Application for Fall July 1

*Please note that these dates are recommended for general admission to the university. Academic departments, programs and schools may require students to meet additional admission requirements, and submit additional applications and/or auditions for admission (i.e. nursing, education, pharmacy, arts). Check with the department, program or school to ensure that you are aware of additional admission requirements and deadlines.

Additional Information for Transfer Students

International Students

Learn about specific opportunities for International students.

Undergraduate Applicant (Freshman)

  • Completed International Undergraduate Application
  • $40 application fee
  • Official government documentation (passport, visa)
  • Documentation for financial support (bank statement, minimum balance $42,120)
  • Translated and notarized transcript (if your high school study was done abroad)
  • WES Course by Course Evaluation
  • ECE Course by Course Evaluation
  • Personal essay
  • Letter of recommendation
  • English proficiency tests
    • TOEFL/TOEFL iBT: Samford’s test code for TOEFL is R1302. Favorable admission will be offered to students with the following minimum scores
      • iBT: 90
      • Computer: 232
      • Paper: 575
    • IELTS: Favorable admission will be offered to students with a minimum score of 6.5.
  • ACT/SAT scores (student may request waiver)

Undergraduate Applicant (Transfer)

  • Completed International Undergraduate Application
  • $40 application fee
  • Official government documentation (passport, visa)
  • Documentation for financial support (bank statement, minimum balance $42,120)
  • Transcripts
    • Students who intend to transfer 24 or more credit hours are not required to submit a high school transcript.
    • Students with less than 24 college level credit hours are required to submit a high school transcript. Should any high school study be done abroad, a translated and notarized high school transcript is required.
  • WES Course by Course Evaluation
  • ECE Course by Course Evaluation
  • Personal essay
  • Letter of recommendation
  • English proficiency tests
    • TOEFL/TOEFL iBT: Samford’s test code for TOEFL is R1302. Favorable admission will be offered to students with the following minimum scores
      • iBT: 90
      • Computer: 232
      • Paper: 575
    • IELTS: Favorable admission will be offered to students with a minimum score of 6.5.

Other Application Options

Professional Studies Students

Students attending Professional Studies programs have generally been out of high school for three years and have an average cumulative transfer GPA of 2.7 (2.0 minimum).

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Transient Students

Transient students are students who are regularly enrolled in other colleges and universities yet desire to take courses at Samford. A transient student must submit a transient application and have all coursework authorized by the student’s primary institution.

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Readmit Students

Readmit Students are students that have previously attended Samford at any point in time and wish to re-enroll. You must submit the following in order to be reviewed:

  • A readmission application along with official transcripts from each college attended since last attending Samford
  • A letter of intent addressing why you left Samford, why you are looking to return and what transpired in the interim
  • $40 application fee
  • A phone interview in some instances

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Dual Enrollment or Credit By Examination

Dual Enrollment

Dual enrollment courses are college classes taken in high school which might satisfy high school requirements and also earn college credit. Incoming freshmen may transfer up to 12 hours of dual enrollment credits that satisfy high school requirements. Additional dual enrollment courses that are not needed to satisfy high school requirements, and are taken above and beyond high school requirements, may be considered beyond the initial 12 credits, but not to exceed the maximum of 30 credits allowed.

Dual enrollment courses require a minimum grade of B- or higher to be accepted for credit.

An official transcript from a regionally accredited college or university is required for dual enrollment credit to be evaluated and applied. Dual enrollment credit will not be evaluated from a high school transcript.

Additional documentation is required from the high school guidance counselor for dual enrollment credit that is taken above and beyond high school requirements. Contact the Office of Admissions for more information about providing that documentation.

Students who take courses with both Advanced Placement (AP) exams and dual enrollment credit must meet the minimum requirements in either area to receive credit.

Dual Enrollment Evaluation Steps

  1. Request that an official transcript from the college/university where you took course(s) be sent directly to the Samford Office of Admission. Send updated transcripts reflecting final grades for any coursework completed prior to enrolling at Samford (i.e. spring and summer coursework).
  2. If the dual enrolled courses are not clearly notated on your high school transcript, you are required to send the Dual Enrollment form to your high school guidance counselor. On the form, he/she will need to note which courses were also needed to fulfill high school graduation requirements. Ask him/her to send the completed form to admissionoperations@samford.edu. Only e-mails sent from an official school account will be accepted!

Credit by Examination

AP, CLEP, DSST, and IB credit is awarded with the minimum exam score reported from the College Board, Prometric, or International Baccalaureate. Please refer to the Credit by Examination Policies section in Samford University’s Catalog for more information.

Credit earned with the minimum score required will be applied with a grade of “P” for Pass; no letter grade is applied. Credit hours are earned, but no grade or quality points will be included in the GPA calculation.

*AP=Advanced Placement; CLEP=College-Level Examination Program; DSST= DANTES Subject Standardized Tests; IB=International Baccalaureate

Enrollment

Once students have been notified of admission to Samford, a $250 Enrollment/Housing Confirmation Deposit must be submitted before May 1 to the Office of Admission. This can be done by either calling their admission counselor, logging into their application status page, or by returning the Enrollment/Housing Confirmation Form included in their Admission packet.