Bulldog Days

2024 New Student Orientation
Registration Opens March 15

  • Bulldog Days I: June 3 - 4
  • Bulldog Days II: June 6 - 7
  • Bulldog Days III: June 10 - 11
  • Bulldog Days IV: June 13 - 14
  • Transfer Bulldog Days I: June 18
  • Bulldog Days V: June 20 - 21
  • Bulldog Days VI: August 21 - 22
  • Transfer Bulldog Days II: August 21-22

New Student Move In: begins August 20

Move-In and Host Hotels

Fall Move-In

All residential students will be emailed detailed instructions by the end of July. Room assignments for new students will be emailed by this time as well.

Please find host hotels who partner with Samford to offer special rates for university visitors.


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.

Pre-Orientation Checklist

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.

Housing Contract

All students living in on-campus housing are required to complete a housing contract. Submit your contract by logging onto the portal using your Samford username and password and clicking on the Housing tab, where you will find the housing contract link.


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

Students are strongly encouraged to take the language placement assessment to be properly advised for class registration. Please note: To access the language placement assessment, students must first successfully submit the pre-orientation advising survey. Students may access the assessment via the survey’s confirmation page or your personal Application Status Page. 

Bring your Own Device

Students are asked to bring their own laptop to Bulldog Days. These devices will be used to register for classes during your orientation session. The Orientation Staff will introduce you to technology on campus and assist in troubleshooting any technology issues on your personal device prior to the class registration. Should you have additional questions or concerns about bringing your device, please contact your Admission Counselor.


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 connect.samford.edu and log in with your username and password. From there, click the Bulldog mail icon in the upper left corner of the screen to log in to Bulldog Mail.

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

The arrival days for Fall 2022 are currently being planned and detailed information will be forthcoming. Once your travel plans are finalized, please contact the Global Engagement Office to coordinate arrival services, such as transportation from the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM) and residence hall check-in on August 22 or 23.

All international students new to Samford must attend a mandatory Immigration Check-In led by the Global Engagement Office (GEO) prior to beginning classes. Immigration Check-In will introduce you to essential students services for international students and information on how to maintain your visa status during your time of studies at Samford.

Our Team

Photo of Lawson Brown
Lawson Brown
Orientation Leader
Standing: Sophomore
Major: Environmental Science
Hometown: Rome, GA
Photo of Jarrett Clift
Jarrett Clift
Orientation Leader
Standing: Junior
Major: Public Administration
Hometown: Chattanooga, TN
Photo of Jon Coley
Jon Coley
Orientation Leader
Standing: Sophomore
Major: Pre-Pharmacy
Hometown: Montgomery, AL
Photo of Emma Ferrante
Emma Ferrante
Orientation Leader
Standing: Sophomore
Major: Graphic Design
Hometown: Roswell, GA
Photo of Isabella Lopez
Isabella Lopez
Orientation Leader
Standing: Junior
Major: Nursing
Hometown: Suwanee, GA
Photo of Allie Paduch
Allie Paduch
Orientation Leader
Standing: Junior
Major: Communication Studies
Hometown: Johnson City, TN
Photo of Millie Palmer
Millie Palmer
Orientation Leader
Standing: Sophomore
Major: Law Politics and Society
Hometown: Birmingham, AL
Photo of Walker Smith
Walker Smith
Orientation Leader
Standing: Sophomore
Major: Finance and Accounting
Hometown: Charlotte, NC