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 will soon have blocks of rooms reserved at our host hotels, Hampton Inn Mountain Brook and Courtyard Marriott Lakeshore.

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

*Residential students attending August Bulldog Days will move into their assigned Fall Semester residence hall on Wednesday, August 24 from 2-4 p.m.

Summer Bulldog Days Registration opens on March 15.

Bulldog Days


  • June 5-6, 2017
  • June 12-13, 2017
  • June 19-20, 2017
  • June 22-23, 2017
  • August 24-25, 2017

Transfer Students

  • January 20, 2017 (Spring)
  • June 16, 2017
  • August 24-25, 2017


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

Coming Soon!

Before Orientation+

Guidebook app

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

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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

Health Form

Students must submit their health form by the first day of class or date of move-in on campus (whichever occurs first). Students should log in to their application status page to access and submit these forms. Students can also submit these forms at orientation check-in.

Housing Contract

All students living in on-campus housing are required to complete a housing contract. To submit your contract, log in to Portal using your Samford username and password. Then, look under the Quick Links list on the left and select Student Housing—2016 New Student Housing Contract.

Our Team

Photo of Austin  Ferrer

Austin Ferrer

Senior Orientation Leader

Office: University Center 113
Standing: Senior
Major: Journalism & Mass Communication
Hometown: Bradenton, FL
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Hannah Moore

Orientation Leader

Office: University Center 113
Photo of Hollie Woodis

Hollie Woodis

Orientation Leader

Office: University Center 113
Photo of Kirsten Atfield

Kirsten Atfield

Orientation Leader

Office: University Center 113
Photo of Maddy Kross

Maddy Kross

Orientation Leader

Office: University Center 113
Photo of Micah Lutz

Micah Lutz

Orientation Leader

Office: University Center 113
Photo of Nellie Hoehl

Nellie Hoehl

Orientation Leader

Office: University Center 113
Photo of Trenton Fiscus

Trenton Fiscus

Orientation Leader

Office: University Center 113