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

Tentative Student Schedule Tentative Parent Schedule

Transfer Students

  • June 15
  • August 23-24

Hotels and Partners

America's First

America's First Federal Credit Union

BBVA Compass

BBVA Compass

Regions Bank

Regions Bank

Collegiate Bed Loft

Collegiate Bed Loft

Dorm Decor

Dorm Decor

3105 7th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233

Chick-fil-A Homewood

211 Lakeshore Parkway
Homewood, AL 35209

Chick-fil-A Vestavia

513 Montgomery Highway
Vestavia, AL 35216
Dave's Pizza

Dave's Pizza

1818 29th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35209

Newk's Vestavia Hills

612 Montgomery Highway, Suite 110
Vestavia Hills, AL 35216
Yogurt Mountain

Yogurt Mountain

3000 Cahaba Village Plaza
Birmingham, AL 35243
Aloft Hotels


1903 29th Avenue South
Homewood, AL 35209-2617
Courtyard by Marriott Logo

Courtyard Birmingham Homewood

500 Shades Creek Parkway (Lakeshore Drive)
Homewood, AL 35209
Courtyard by Marriott Logo

Hampton Inn Mountain Brook

2731 U.S. 280
Birmingham, AL 35223


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 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

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. The deadline to submit your language placement assessment is August 17, 2018.

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 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.

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.

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, 22, 2018. Please fill out the required form to register for Immigration Check-In Day here.

The official arrival days for International Students for Fall 2018 are August 20 & 21. 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 23-24, 2018. Students who have submitted their $250 enrollment/housing deposit can register for Bulldog Days 5 on their Application Status Page.

Our Team

Photo of Benjamin Cottingham
Benjamin Cottingham
Orientation Leader
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Photo of Chelsea Davis
Chelsea Davis
Orientation Leader
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Photo of Delaney Craig
Delaney Craig
Orientation Leader
Office: University Center 113
Photo of Grayson Hill
Grayson Hill
Orientation Leader
Office: University Center 113
Photo of Jay Barr
Jay Barr
Orientation Leader
Office: University Center 113
Photo of Meg Alford
Meg Alford
Orientation Leader
Office: University Center 113
Photo of Mitch McEver
Mitch McEver
Orientation Leader
Office: University Center 113
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Turner Tinsley
Orientation Leader
Office: University Center 113