Virtual Bulldog Days

We are committed to delivering the very best experience for you and your family in a way that prioritizes the health and wellbeing of every member of our Samford community—especially you, the Class of 2024! Therefore, we are going online for all orientation sessions. Virtual Bulldog Days is right around the corner! Please find the Virtual Bulldog Days schedule for your reference. We’ve crafted parent sessions just for you and hope they will be helpful as you prepare for this fall!

If you have not registered for Bulldog Days, please visit your Application Status Page. As questions arise, we invite you to reach out to the Orientation staff directly at orientation@samford.edu.

We are excited to welcome you to the Bulldog family and we look forward to virtual Bulldog Days this summer!

Bulldog Days

Freshmen

  • June 1-2
  • June 8-9
  • June 15-16
  • June 18-19
  • June 22-23

Transfer Students

  • June 12
  • August 20
 
 
 

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

Move-In

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. 

Mission

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.

Accommodations

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.

Login

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.

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 led by the Global Engagement Office (GEO) prior to beginning classes.  The Immigration Check-In sessions are tentatively scheduled for August 20th and will be offered in both face to face and virtual formats to accommodate for students who are fulfilling quarantine requirements.

Due to COVID-19, the university is communicating to residential students by the end of July detailed information to as to when and how they will safely move on campus in August.  Students who have travelled internationally will need to complete a 14 day self-quarantine per CDC guidelines.  A comprehensive list of transportation options in Birmingham can be found on this website.

Students new to Samford who are arriving in Birmingham from a domestic location can contact the GEO to coordinate airport pick-up from Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM) to campus.

Our Team

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Ambria Underwood
Orientation Leader
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Standing: Junior
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Orlando, FL
Hey everybody! My name is Rex Stewart and I am from Jacksonville, Florida (aka Duuuuuuuval)!