Bulldog Days Orientation

Congratulations, and welcome to the Samford family! Bulldog Days is Samford’s new student orientation program for students and parents. Participation in Bulldog Days is required for all entering students, and parents are welcomed and encouraged to attend. Students will stay the first night in a residence hall during orientation. For parents, we have blocks of rooms reserved at our host hotels, Hampton Inn Mountain Brook and Courtyard Birmingham Homewood.

Students who have submitted their $250 enrollment/housing deposit can register for Bulldog Days on their Application Status Page.

Summer 2018 Bulldog Days Registration opens on March 15.

Bulldog Days


  • June 4-5
  • June 11-12
  • June 18-19
  • June 21-22
  • August 23-24

Transfer Students

  • January 19
  • June 15


The Office of Orientation takes a student-centered approach to the transition experience while introducing incoming families to all aspects of Samford University. By fostering relationships, we connect families to the Samford community and encourage students to pursue opportunities for personal, academic, and spiritual growth.

Hotels, Banks and Community Partners

Courtyard by Marriott Logo

Courtyard by Marriott

500 Shades Creek Parkway (Lakeshore Drive)
Homewood, AL 35209
Hampton Inn Logo

Hampton Inn Mountain Brook

2731 U.S. 280
Birmingham, AL 35223
BBVA Compass Logo

BBVA Compass Bank

15 20th St S
Birmingham, AL 35233
America's First Federal Credit Union Logo

America’s First Federal Credit Union

1200 4th Ave N
Birmingham, AL 35203
Regions Logo

Regions Bank

1 Independence Plz.
Homewood, AL 35209
Collegiate Bed Loft Logo

Collegiate Bed Loft Company

Dorm Decor Logo

Dorm Décor

3105 7th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233
Yogurt Mountain Logo

Yogurt Mountain

3000 Cahaba Village Plaza
Birmingham, AL, 35243

Before Orientation

Guidebook app

Download our Guidebook app to view the orientation schedule, campus maps and all things Samford.

Download App

Pre-Orientation Advising Survey

Please submit your Pre-Orientation Advising Survey. The information collected will be used to assist your academic advisor in developing your course of study and will also assist in making efficient utilization of your advising time while at Bulldog Days.

Freshmen Transfers

Immunization Form

Students must submit their immunization form by the first day of class, or date of move-in on campus (whichever occurs first). Students should log in to their status page to access and submit these forms. You can also bring your Immunization Form to Check-in during your scheduled Bulldog Days session.

Housing Contract

All students living in on-campus housing are required to complete a housing contract. Submit your contract by using your Samford username and password.


As you review the orientation schedule, please notice that Bulldog Days is walking intensive. If you would like to request any special accommodations for you or a family member, please contact us at orientation@samford.edu.

Language Placement

Also on the schedule, you will see time set aside for a language placement exam, which is used to determine students’ entry level into language courses at Samford—no need to study in advance. However, if you need to request special accommodations to take this exam, please contact us at orientation@samford.edu.


Students should have received a username and password from Technology Services when they were admitted to Samford. Students will need this information to register for classes during orientation. If you did not receive or have misplaced your username and password, contact Technology Services at 205-726-2662.

Bulldog Mail

Students should go to portal.samford.edu and log in with your username and password. From there, click the Bulldog Mail icon in the upper right corner of the screen to log in to Bulldog Mail.

Major Change Form

At orientation, each students’ academic advisor will be assigned based on their major. Students who would like to change their major before they arrive for orientation should log in to their application status page and submit the Change of Major form.

Packing List

Students will stay in a residence hall the first night of orientation, so we recommend bringing the following items:

  • Sheets/Blanket or sleeping bag
  • Pillow
  • Alarm clock
  • Toiletries
  • Towel
  • Bathroom shoes
  • Umbrella/raincoat
  • Light sweater or a jacket

International Students

All international students must attend a mandatory Immigration Check-In Day on August, 23, 2017. Please fill out the required form to register for Immigration Check-In Day here.

The official arrival days for International Students for Fall 2017 are August 21 & 22. If you arrive on one of these days, the Global Engagement Office will coordinate airport pick-up from Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM), transport you to campus, and help you check into your residence hall. If you choose to arrive on any other date, we will not be able to provide these services.

International students will not be able to register for classes until they’ve successfully attended Immigration Check-In Day. Because of this, we strongly encourage students to register for Bulldog Days 5 on August 24-25, 2017. Students who have submitted their $250 enrollment/housing deposit can register for Bulldog Days 5 on their Application Status Page.

Our Team

Photo of Blake McLemore

Blake McLemore

Orientation Leader

Office: University Center 113
Photo of Chelsea Davis

Chelsea Davis

Orientation Leader

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Photo of James Miley

James Miley

Orientation Leader

Office: University Center 113
Photo of Lydia Johnson

Lydia Johnson

Orientation Leader

Office: University Center 113
Photo of Maddy Kross

Maddy Kross

Senior Orientation Leader

Office: University Center 113
Photo of Meg Alford

Meg Alford

Orientation Leader

Office: University Center 113
Photo of Micah Lutz

Micah Lutz

Senior Orientation Leader

Office: University Center 113
Photo of Mitch McEver

Mitch McEver

Orientation Leader

Office: University Center 113