Published on February 16, 2021 by Morgan Black  
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Despite struggling university enrollment nationwide due to COVID-19, Samford University’s Brock School of Business has announced another record enrollment semester. In total, 895 students are enrolled for the spring 2021 semester in the school’s undergraduate and graduate programs.
 
Included in the total are 695 undergraduate business majors equaling 20.54% of the university’s total undergraduate enrollment. In addition, 157 Samford students 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 200 graduate students, representing a 33.3% growth over the previous year. This graduate total includes 146 individuals who are participating in the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program and 54 who are pursuing a Master of Accountancy (M.Acc.).
 
Students studying in the M.B.A. represent a diverse array of backgrounds. Besides working in the typical business fields, students enrolled in the M.B.A. represent backgrounds such as engineering, higher education, sports business, and health care. Some students are also participants in the school’s joint degree programs with law, pharmacy, environmental management, and divinity. 
 
“This growth is indicative of the demand to receive a high quality business education, which is a worthwhile investment for any individual’s future,” said Interim Dean Chad Carson. “Because of this, Brock School of Business is positioned as a true leader for 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.