The Academic Petition Form is for students seeking exceptions to academic policy. Examples include adding/dropping a class after the add/drop period, graduation requirement exception, etc.
Other Possible Signatures Required
Addendum to Confidentiality-Security Agreement+
For new staff/advisors/faculty or for employees transferring into a new position that requires a revision to their current Banner security access.
Address Change Information+
Faculty and Staff
Application for Graduation
An application for graduation must be completed by students who expect to graduate in the current or upcoming term. A $100 mandatory fee is assessed to all students who graduate. This fee covers all the costs of seven commencement ceremonies in December and May, including caps and gowns for all graduates, diplomas, and programs.
Undergraduate Students - Deadlines for Completion and Submission
BACHE Student Exchange Program+
Catalog Requirements Change Request+
Change of Academic Program (Change of Major)+
The Change of Academic Program form is for students changing or adding/dropping a major, minor, or concentration.
Timing of Requirements
As stated in the current catalog (under Graduation Requirements), students are required to meet all requirements “in effect at the time of entrance into the major.” For example, if a student enters Samford in 2012–2013 but changes majors in 2014–2015, then 2014–2015 is the catalog year in effect for the new program. This applies to majors, minors, and concentrations, unless special circumstances require the student to remain under a specific catalog year. To petition to change the catalog year, a student must complete the Catalog Requirements Change Request.
The Change of Academic Program form is also used to submit a new expected graduation date, or for students who are changing from the day to evening program (Evening College) or vice versa. Form requires the signature of the new advisor only in the case of a new or added major.
Fee Assessment and Changes
Due to new fee assessment rules, change of major forms turned in after the initial add/drop period (first week of classes) will be made effective for the next academic term. (For example, if the form is submitted in October or November, the change will be made effective beginning Jan Term/spring.) New advisors will still be able to provide students with their registration alternate PINs and students will still be able to register for major-specific courses for those future terms during the early registration period. The adjustment in procedure was made to avoid students being assessed fees applicable to specific majors after the term has started.
If the student is new to Samford and has not yet registered for classes, changes of major should be made through the Office of Admissions. Use of the form is not required at that stage. Contact the Office of Admission for more information.
Once the student has registered for classes, the Change of Academic Program form is required and should be submitted directly to the Office of the Registrar.
Change of Incomplete Grade or Final Grade+
The Change of Incomplete Grade or Final Grade is available in the Office of the Registrar to faculty and staff only.
Change of Name/DOB/SSN+
Currently enrolled students who have legally changed their name may request their records be updated by submitting a Change of Name form to the Office of the Registrar.
Law students may change their name by contacting the Law Records Office at 205-726-2044.
Alumni should request a name change using the Update Your Information form.
Contact Human Resources (Samford Hall, Rm 302), 205-726-2809
Course Repeat Petition+
The course repeat petition form is for students who wish to repeat a course in which a “C-” or lower grade was earned. The form cannot be used to repeat courses in which the student earned a C or higher grade, nor can it be used for more than 16 credit hours. Pay close attention to calendar deadlines as printed in the catalog.
The course withdrawal form is for students withdrawing from one or more (but not all) courses in the current semester/term.
If the student is an athlete, a representative from the Athletics Department must also sign the form. Student-athletes who drop below full-time risk losing eligibility to compete, practice, or participate in any athletic-related activities.
For any student, dropping below full-time status could impact financial aid, scholarships, and/or insurance coverage. Students can add/drop courses via the portal through the last day to add or drop—without financial penalty—for that semester. After that deadline, they will be required to complete the online Course Withdrawal Form. Pay close attention to deadlines as noted in the academic calendar.
Withdrawing from a course prior to the deadline for withdrawing without Academic Penalty does not affect a student's GPA. A “W” will appear on the transcript for the class from which he/she withdrew. Withdrawing from a course after the deadline for withdrawing without Academic Penalty does affect a student’s GPA. A “WF” will appear on the transcript for the class from which he/she withdrew. Please consult the Academic Calendar for the withdrawal deadline for the current semester/term.
The grade change form is available in the Office of the Registrar to faculty and staff only.
Any student who is enrolled in the Howard College of Arts and Sciences, the School of the Arts, the Brock School of Business, the Orlean Beeson School of Education, the School of Health Professions, or the School of Public Health, who is classified as a sophomore, junior, or senior, may elect to receive a pass/fail grade rather than a letter grade in no more than 12 credits of regular coursework. In a course elected for grading on the pass/fail basis, the student’s grade shall be designated “pass” or “fail.” A grade designation of “pass” shall not be included in the student’s grade point average; a grade of “fail” shall be included at 0.00 quality points per quality credit.
Graduate students may take classes pass/fail only with approval of their advisers.
No course elected for grading on the pass/fail basis shall satisfy any part of a core, general education, major, or minor requirement for graduation. Successfully completed pass/fail courses will count toward the minimum total credits. The student can change from a grading basis to the pass/fail basis or from the pass/fail basis to the grading basis any time prior to the deadline for withdrawing from a class without academic penalty.
Certain internship and externship courses may be taken for pass/fail credit only. Certain courses in the School of the Arts may be taken more than once for pass/fail credit only. Credits earned in these courses may count toward the major or minor requirement and will not be included in the 12-credit limit (Consult with your dean or advisor before registering for pass/fail credit).Download Form
Preferred Name Change+
The preferred name change form is for students who go by a different first name than the one officially on their record. Students can initiate a preferred name change by using this form. This change will not affect actual e-mail addresses, but will alter the way the student’s name is represented in the email address lookup feature and the From line, allowing for greater recognizability and less confusion.
Students who complete this form in person must bring a photo ID. Students who choose to mail or fax the form must provide a photocopy of a picture ID (license, passport, etc.) along with the request. Changes will be made to preferred first names only, not surnames.
Registration Permit Override Request+
For students registering for a class for which there is a restriction (time conflict, seat limit, co-requisite, etc.).
Students Who Need to Repeat a Course
For students who need the RPTS permit code (to repeat a course), see also the course repeat form. In most cases you can use the same form to acquire permission for the permit override plus permission to repeat the course from your advisor and the dean of academic services. Be sure to register for the course yourself as soon as the permit has been entered, then submit the signed form to the Office of the Registrar. Please note that the course repeat form is only to be used when repeating a course in which the student earned a grade of C- or lower and if/when the student is attempting to have the first grade earned omitted from GPA calculation on the student's record. It cannot be used to repeat courses in which the student earned a C or higher grade, nor can it be used for more than 16 credit hours.
Other Permit Overrides
For all other permit overrides, or to repeat a course that doesn't meet the criteria noted above, use only the Registration Permit Override Request form below.
Student Complaint Form
Requests for transcripts, grades, GPA, or other information, such as courses completed, cannot be issued to an outside party unless the student has given the registrar written permission to release this information to the specified party, as allowed under The Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA).
Transcripts are generally available or mailed within one-to-two business days from receipt of the request. During peak times—i.e., registration, beginning of a semester, graduation—response time may not be as expedient. During such times, please allow for additional processing time.
Transcript requests will not be honored if the student is indebted to the university. Any student aware of a transcript hold should contact the Bursar’s Office at (205) 726-2816 to clear the hold prior to requesting a transcript.
I Have Portal Access
Please use this option only for transcripts that are to be mailed. Please be sure you have the complete mailing address before you begin your request.
(If you need a transcript sent electronically, please email email@example.com from your Samford email account or stop by the Registrar’s Office to complete the request form.)
Log in to the Samford University Portal with your user ID and password, then:
- Click on the Banner tab
- Click on Student & Financial Aid
- Click on Office of the Registrar
- Click on Request Official Transcript and enter the name of the person, school, or business where the transcript should be sent in the "Issue to" block, then click Continue.
- Enter the complete address and zip code of the location where you wish to have your transcript sent and click Continue. (Please note that there is a 30-character limit for each address line, so you may need to abbreviate or use more than one line for lengthy descriptions.)
- Enter number of copies needed, select in-progress cut-off term (selecting the most recent term will show the classes in which you are currently enrolled on your transcript), when to print the transcript (ASAP, hold for grades, hold for degree, etc.) and delivery method, and click Continue.
- Review information and Submit Request
You can review the status of your request on the Office of the Registrar screen, by clicking on View Status of Transcript Requests.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call our office at (205) 726-2911.
I Do Not Have Portal Access
Alumni and/or students without portal access can request transcripts in person or by submitting a Transcript Request Form to our office. Transcripts can be mailed directly to you or to another recipient (school, employer, state board, etc.). Transcripts for coursework completed prior to 1987 may take longer to process than the usual one-to-two business day estimate.
Complete the Transcript Request Form and fax it to (205) 726-2908, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail it to:
Transient Enrollment (Domestic)+
This form is for students who plan to attend summer classes at another institution. It is not to be used for study-abroad students who plan to take a course at a foreign college/university. There is a separate transient enrollment request for study abroad students.
Transient Enrollment (International Study Abroad)
This form is for students who plan to attend classes at a university in a foreign country through an institution other than Samford. It is not to be used for those who plan to attend domestic universities.
- Complete top of form and fill in information concerning the class(es) you plan to take. (Print more than one copy if you need additional course information blanks; do not use the back of the form.) Be sure to include the complete name and address of the school you plan to attend. Core courses may not be taken.
- Obtain signature approval from your academic advisor first. If you are a senior you must also obtain your dean's signature approval. Upon completion of 96 credits students may not transfer more than 8 semester credits or two courses to Samford. To receive a degree, students must earn at least 50% of their total credits from Samford.
- Obtain signature of the director of International Programs.
- Obtain signature of the department head representing the class you plan to take. (Attach a readable and highlighted copy of the complete course description from the catalog of the college where you plan to attend classes before you obtain the department head’s signature.) Davis Library has copies of college catalogs and many are also available online directly from the college/university itself.
- Return completed transient enrollment form to the Office of the Registrar with your signature. It is your responsibility to obtain all necessary signatures.
- Both your Samford (Institution) and overall GPAs must be at least 2.0 at the end of the current semester in order to have a letter of good standing sent to another college or university. To have a letter of good standing sent before the end of the current semester a student must have a minimum of a 2.50 GPA.
- Study abroad students are responsible for requesting an international transcript evaluation from AACRAO or WES.
- Requesting an international transcript of the final grade(s) from the other school be sent to Samford is optional, although encouraged. All courses from transient schools are required to have a letter grade of C- or better in order to be posted as earned credit on your transcript. International transcripts should be sent to Nancy Bales in the Office of the Registrar, Samford Hall 214.
- Return the completed form to the Office of the Registrar, or fax to 205-726-2908, if you are facing an impending deadline.
Trial Study List (Registration)+
Veterans Administration Request for Certification+
Walk Early Form
IMPORTANT NOTE: The Walk Early Form is unavailable for December 2020. The form will be available in Spring 2021 for the Spring Commencement ceremonies.
Students wishing to participate in a commencement ceremony prior to completing their degree requirements should fill out the Walk Early form. Undergraduate students must be within 8 credit hours of finishing their graduation requirements, have a C- or better in UCCA 102, and fulfill all Convo requirements before submitting this form. Graduate students must be within 3 credits of graduating. Law students must be within 5 credits.
Please note that the deadline for having your name included in the commencement program is the same as the deadline for withdrawing from a course without academic penalty, as stated on the official academic calendar.
Withdrawal Request (All Students Except Law)+
The withdrawal request form is for students withdrawing from the current semester/term or from a future semester/term for which they are preregistered. Although registration and drop/add is available via the Samford Portal, students will not be able to withdraw completely from all courses via the web. Students who wish to withdraw completely from the semester must complete the form and mail, fax, or deliver it in person to the Office of the Registrar.
Undeclared or Arts and Sciences Undergraduates
Undeclared or Arts and Sciences Undergraduates must obtain the signature of the assistant dean, Arts and Sciences, Dean’s Office, Brooks 101, (205) 726-2216.
All Other Undergraduates
All other undergraduates must obtain the signature of their program advisor.
Student-athletes must obtain the signature of the athletic administrator, regardless of their classification (freshman, sophomore, etc.), and in addition to that of their program advisor (if different).
All Undergraduate Evening Students (Professional Studies) and All Graduate/Professional Students (Except Law)
All undergraduate evening students (Professional Studies) and all graduate/professional students (except Law) should obtain the signature of their program advisor. It’s recommended, however, that Professional Studies and graduate students contact their respective college/school first when planning to withdraw.
Withdrawal Request (Law Students Only)+
The withdrawal request form is for law students withdrawing from the current semester/term or from a future semester/term for which they are preregistered.
Law students must go through the Cumberland School of Law to withdraw.
Although registration and drop/add is available via the Samford Portal, students will not be able to withdraw completely from all courses via the web. Students who wish to withdraw completely from the semester must complete the appropriate form above and mail, fax, or deliver it in person to the Cumberland School of Law.