Bulldog Days

Freshmen Students

  • Session I: June 2-3
  • Session II: June 6-7
  • Session III: June 9-10
  • Session IV: June 16-17
  • Session V: June 21-22
  • Session VI: August 25-26

Transfer Students

  • Transfer Session I: June 14
  • Transfer Session II: August 25-26

Please note, all incoming students are required to attend Bulldog Days. We continue to encourage you to register for an available session.

All incoming students are required to attend New Student Orientation. Bulldog Days is a two-day program giving students the opportunity to stay overnight on campus. Students can register for Bulldog Days on their Application Status Page. Check-In will begin at 8 a.m. on Day I and programming will end at 1 p.m. on Day II.  Due to CDC guidelines, space in each session is limited.

Bulldog Days will observe university standards for traffic flow, circulation, signage, capacities and social distancing. Facial coverings and social distancing will be required in all public spaces.

Please find the tentative schedules below:

Student Schedule Parent Schedule

Move-In and Host Hotels

Fall Move-In

Residence Life is working on a move-in plan for students in accordance with the CDC guidelines for social distancing. 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

All international students need to make plans for arrival based on the following schedule:

  • August 23 & 24: Arrival Days
  • August 25: Immigration Check-In with the Global Engagement Office
  • August 26 & 27: Bulldog Days Orientation Session VII

The arrival days for Fall 2021 are tentatively set 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 23 or 24.

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 Ambria Underwood
Ambria Underwood
Orientation Leader
Standing: Junior
Major: Nursing
Hometown: Decatur, AL
Photo of Bill Mouchette
Bill Mouchette
Orientation Leader
Standing: Sophomore
Major: Economics
Hometown: Gallatin, TN
Photo of Darby Daniel
Darby Daniel
Orientation Leader
Standing: Sophomore
Major: Economics
Hometown: Austin, TX
Photo of Ellen Conley
Ellen Conley
Orientation Leader
Standing: Sophomore
Major: Elementary Education
Hometown: Acworth, GA
Photo of Georgia Buchanan
Georgia Buchanan
Orientation Leader
Standing: Sophomore
Major: Journalism and Mass Communication
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Photo of Grace Carland
Grace Carland
Orientation Leader
Standing: Junior
Major: Exercise Science
Hometown: Orlando, FL
Photo of Grayson Byram
Grayson Byram
Orientation Leader
Standing: Junior
Major: Business Management
Hometown: Trussville, AL
Photo of Jacob Hopkins
Jacob Hopkins
Orientation Leader
Standing: Junior
Major: Marketing
Hometown: Tupelo, MS