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 hotel, Courtyard Birmingham Homewood.

Bulldog Days


  • June 1-2
  • June 8-9
  • June 15-16
  • June 18-19
  • August 20-21

Transfer Students

  • June 12
  • August 20-21


Spring Move-In

Residential and transfer students will move into their assigned residence hall on Friday, January 17, from 2-4 p.m. 


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

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 May 27, 2019.

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 21, 2019. Please fill out the required form to register for Immigration Check-In Day here.

The official arrival days for International Students for Fall 2019 are August 19 & 20. 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 22-23, 2019. Students who have submitted their $250 enrollment/housing deposit can register for Bulldog Days 5 on their Application Status Page.

Our Team

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Ambria Underwood
Orientation Leader
Office: 113 University Center
Standing: Sophomore
Major: Nursing
Hometown: Decatur, AL
My name is Ambria Underwood and I am from Decatur, Alabama (Decatur where it is greater).
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AnnaCatherine Shebs
Orientation Leader
Office: 113 University Center
Standing: Junior
Major: Nursing
Hometown: Sugar Hill, GA
My name is AnnaCatherine Shebs, and I am from Sugar Hill (it is a pretty “sweet” place to grow up).
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Ben Lange
Orientation Leader
Office: 113 University Center
Standing: Sophomore
Major: Business
Hometown: Louisville, KY
Hey guys! My name is Ben Lange, and I am from Louisville (pronounced Loo-a-vul), Kentucky.
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Grace Carland
Orientation Leader
Office: 113 University Center
Standing: Sophomore
Major: Exercise Science
Hometown: Orlando, FL
My name is Grace Carland and I’m from Orlando, Florida.
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Grayson Byram
Orientation Leader
Office: 113 University Center
Standing: Sophomore
Major: Business
Hometown: Trussville, AL
What’s up everyone! My name is Grayson Byram, and I’m from Trussville, Alabama (aka Truss-vegas) which is right here in Birmingham!
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Jacob Hopkins
Orientation Leader
Office: 113 University Center
Standing: Sophomore
Major: Marketing
Hometown: Tupelo, MS
Hi everyone! My name is Jacob Hopkins, and I am from Tupelo, Mississippi (home to the birth of Elvis Presley and Tupelo Honey).
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Kylie Ballard
Orientation Leader
Office: 113 University Center
Standing: Junior
Major: Business
Hometown: Austin, TX
My name is Kylie Ballard and I am from Austin, Texas (in between Austin and Dripping Springs if we want to get technical).
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Rex Stewart
Orientation Leader
Office: 113 University Center
Standing: Junior
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Orlando, FL
Hey everybody! My name is Rex Stewart and I am from Jacksonville, Florida (aka Duuuuuuuval)!