Published on September 28, 2020 by Morgan Black  
Cooney Hall Flowers
Samford University’s Brock School of Business has announced a record enrollment year, despite national predictions of struggling fall enrollment nationwide due to COVID-19. A record of 882 students are enrolled for the fall 2020 semester in the school’s undergraduate and graduate programs representing steady growth for the third consecutive year.
 
Included in the total are 701 undergraduate business majors equaling 19.6% of the university’s total undergraduate enrollment. In addition, 143 Samford students, representing 4% of the undergraduate enrollment, studying majors outside of business have added one of the school’s seven minors as a complement to their major.
 
“The record enrollment for Brock School of Business is a reflection of the quality majors, minors, and concentrations that our faculty offer students, in spite of COVID restraints, that provide competitive learning outcomes and experiences for future employment,” said Senior Assistant Dean Barbara Cartledge.
 
Also included in the total enrollment are 181 graduate students. This graduate total includes 153 individuals who are participating in the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program, representing a 34.2% growth over the previous year.
 
“Due to circumstances surrounding COVID-19 and people having to work from home, this was an opportune time to pursue an M.B.A.,” said Elizabeth Gambrell, associate director of academic programs.
 
Students who started the M.B.A. this year represent one of the most diverse entering classes. Besides  new M.B.A. students working in the typical business fields, students in the program also represent backgrounds such as engineering, higher education, sports business, and health care. Some students also represent joint degree programs with law, pharmacy, environmental management, and divinity. 
 
 “We are fortunate to have so many students from varied professional and academic backgrounds deciding to continue their education at Brock School of Business,” Gambrell added.
 
“A solid business education is a worthwhile investment for any individual’s future, regardless of the times,” said Interim Dean Chad Carson. “This growth over the last few years is indicative of the demand to achieve high-quality business education and it positions Brock School of Business as a true leader in business education in the southeast.”
 
Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.