Frequently Asked Questions
How is the semester system set up?
The fall semester at Samford runs from the last week in August to mid-December. In January, there is an optional term. Then, the spring semester begins the last week in January and runs until mid to late May. There are also two summer terms each year.
Can I live on campus?
To maximize the University experience, all unmarried undergraduates 20 years of age and under are required to reside in University housing, unless they live at home with a parent or guardian.
What can I bring for my dorm room?
What you pack is really up to you, read more about what to bring and what not to bring at samford.edu/residence-life
May I have a car on campus?
Yes. All cars must be registered with the Department of Public Safety. Parking decals are distributed according to the area of campus where the student lives and additional sections are reserved for commuter students.
What does it mean to be a Christian university?
Samford is a Christian community that nurtures faith, allowing students to strengthen their convictions and claim their beliefs. Many students participate in worship services, Christian lectures, Bible study groups, mission opportunities and outreach teams on campus. However, it is much more than these things. The Christian emphasis is a current that runs through each and every aspect of Samford.
Where can I eat on campus?
Samford offers The Caf, Einstein’s Bros. Bagels, The Food Court (which includes six independent food concepts) and Freshens Fresh Food Studio. Meal plans are available in 3 varieties. After purchasing a plan, students simply take their Samford card to each of the on-campus food concepts to receive the meals purchased. Samford offers a variety of food options for many different tastes and diets.
What opportunities are there to study abroad?
44% of students had an international experience or studied abroad (2017). Samford has a Study Centre in London. Samford students can also be found studying in Morocco, France, Spain, Germany, Brazil, Costa Rica, Hong Kong and more. If there's a place you want to go, we can probably set up something for you!
What are the average GPA and SAT/ACT test scores?
Samford’s scholarship and admission process is holistic, so we do not have set minimum scores for admission and scholarships. Our middle 50% scores are 23-29 for the ACT, 1080-1320 (Math + Reading) for the SAT and 1150-1380 (Evidenced-Based Reading + Writing + Math) for the SAT Redesign. Contact your admission counselor if you have questions about how to apply for admission or scholarships.
Do I qualify to receive Dual Enrollment Credit?
College courses taken in a high school setting without external testing (e.g. AP, CLEP, IB) or fulfilling a high school requirement will be treated as dual enrollment credit. Entering freshmen are allowed limited dual enrollment courses as transfer credit. Students may transfer up to 12 semester credits of dual enrollment credit in which the student has earned a grade of B- or higher. Transferred coursework must be comparable to Samford courses offered at the 100 and 200 level. Only one core curriculum course (UCCA 101) may be transferred as dual enrollment credit.
How many majors does Samford have? Do you have my program?
Samford has 172 majors, minors and concentrations. Learn more to see if we have the program you are looking for!
How do scholarships work at Samford?
Samford offers a variety of scholarships based on many factors. We award scholarships by looking at the holistic person. Learn more to see which scholarship you could apply for.
What if I’m a transfer or international student?
We have students from 30 countries and 45 states, so we're not strangers to this process. Our hope is that our welcoming community will make you feel at home at Samford!
What do I need to know as a parent?
You need to know that your student will be safe, cared for, academically challenged and provided with opportunities to develop his or her talents to impact the world. In our nurturing and community-driven environment, our faculty and staff work our hardest to make sure your student knows they are treasured. Parents are welcome to contact their regional Admission Counselor with any questions regarding the admission and scholarship process. Once you become a Samford Parent, our Office of Parent Programs provides ways for you to meet other parents, send care packages to your child and offers service opportunities.
How do I visit campus? Where is it?
Samford University is right in the heart of Homewood, 10 minutes from downtown Birmingham, Alabama. A booming city surrounded by forestry makes for a stunning location, situated only a few hours from Atlanta, Nashville, Memphis and Knoxville with an international airport close by. Schedule your campus visit at samford.edu/visit and feel free to bring the whole family!
What’s living in Birmingham like?
Birmingham is recognized for being a hotspot for education, finance and healthcare. It is also one of the nation’s top “foodie” cities. You’ll never run out of places to eat – from fine dining to hole-in-the-walls. See more of what Birmingham has to offer at meetmagiccity.com.
Do you have Division I sports?
Samford has 17 NCAA Division I sports and a thriving athletics program.
When will I find out if I have been admitted?
Samford releases admission decisions on a rolling basis beginning in November.
When will I find out what my scholarships are?
Scholarships are released after the December 1 deadline.
What percentage of students are from out of state?
67% of undergraduate students are from out of state.