Evening College Program Information and Resources

BS - Youth Studies

The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Youth Studies program provides students with an interdisciplinary view into the cultures and dynamics of young people with an emphasis on the development of strategies for working effectively with youth in a variety of settings. Sociological principles provide the overall guiding framework for the program.

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BA - Liberal Studies

The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Liberal Studies is designed for those students who wish to earn a degree from Samford University but whose interests lie outside of the other available concentrations. It is also the most flexible of our degree plans.

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BA - Organizational Leadership

The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Organizational Leadership is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge to perform as effective leaders within their organizations and society.

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BA - Paralegal Studies

The paralegal certificate may be pursued concurrently with the bachelor's degree in this American Bar Association-approved program. This Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Paralegal Studies requires thirty-three credit hours of legal specialty coursework in addition to courses that will provide the paralegal with knowledge and skills in the areas of business, leadership, and effective communication.

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B.S. - Criminal Justice

Begin a new career or advance your current one. The criminal justice major allows student to explore many aspects of this growing field, from law enforcement administration to working with youths in group settings.

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Paralegal Studies Certificate

The certificate-only option is available for students who have already earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution and wish to further their education in this 10-course program.

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Evening College Important Dates

Apr26

April 26, 2013

Last Day to Add/Drop Without Financial Penalty - Spring
May10

May 10, 2013

Classes End - Spring
May13

May 13-16, 2013

Final Exams - Spring
May15

May 15, 2013

Priority Application Deadline for Financial Aid - Summer 10-Week
May16

May 16-17, 2013

Commencement Weekend
May24

May 24, 2013

Final Application Deadline - Summer 10-Week
Jun3

June 3, 2013

Summer 10-Week Session Begins
Jun7

June 7, 2013

Last Day to Add/Drop Without Financial Penalty - Summer 10 Week
Jul4

July 4, 2013

Independence Day Holiday - No Classes Meet
Jul26

July 26, 2013

Last Day to Withdraw from a Course or Completely Withdraw from all Courses Withouth Academic Penalty - Summer 10-Week
Aug7

August 7, 2013

Priority Application Deadline for Financial Aid - Fall A&B
Aug8

August 8, 2013

Last Day of Classes - Summer 10 Week
Aug16

August 16, 2013

Final Application Deadline - Fall A&B
Aug26

August 26, 2013

Classes Begin - Fall A Start
Aug30

August 30, 2013

Last day to add or drop course(s) without FINANCIAL penalty 
Sept27

September 27, 2013

Last day to withdraw from a Fall A course or to completely withdraw from all Fall A courses without ACADEMIC penalty 
Oct1

October 1, 2013

Registration for Fall B 
Oct11

October 11, 2013

Fall A last day for classes 
Oct14

October 14-15, 2013

Fall Break 
Oct16

October 16-17, 2013

Fall A Exams 
Oct21

October 21, 2013

Fall B Start 
Oct25

October 25, 2013

Last day to add or drop course(s) without FINANCIAL penalty 
Nov22

November 22, 2013

Last day to withdraw from a Fall B course or to completely withdraw from all Fall B courses without ACADEMIC penalty 
Dec6

December 6, 2013

Fall B last day for classes 
Dec9

December 9-10, 2013

Fall B Exams 
Jan2

January 2, 2014

Jan Term Start 
Jan6

January 6, 2014

Last day to add or drop course(s) without FINANCIAL penalty 
Jan17

January 17, 2014

Last day to withdraw from a Jan Term course or to completely withdraw from all Jan Term courses without ACADEMIC penalty 
Jan23

January 23, 2014

Jan Term last day for classes 
Jan24

January 24, 2014

Jan Term Exams 
Jan27

January 27, 2014

Spring A Start 
Jan31

January 31, 2014

Last day to add or drop course(s) without FINANCIAL penalty 
Feb28

February 28, 2014

Last day to withdraw from a Spring A course or to completely withdraw from all Spring A courses without ACADEMIC penalty 
Mar1

March 1, 2014

Registration for Spring B 
Mar12

March 12, 2014

Spring A last day for classes 
Mar13

March 13-14, 2014

Spring A Exams 
Mar17

March 17-21, 2014

Spring Break 
Mar24

March 24, 2014

Spring B Start 
Mar28

March 28, 2014

Last day to add or drop course(s) without FINANCIAL penalty 
Apr25

April 25, 2014

Last day to withdraw from a Spring B course OR to completely withdraw from all Spring B courses without ACADEMIC penalty 
May9

May 9, 2014

Spring B last day for classes 
May12

May 12-13, 2014

Spring B Exams 
Jun2

June 2, 2014

Summer I Start 
Jun4

June 4, 2014

Last day to add or drop course(s) without FINANCIAL penalty 
Jun25

June 25, 2014

Last day to withdraw from a Summer I course or to completely withdraw from all Summer I courses without ACADEMIC penalty 
Jul3

July 3, 2014

Summer I last day for classes 
Jul7

July 7, 2014

Summer I Exams 
Jul8

July 8, 2014

Summer II Start 
Jul10

July 10, 2014

Last day to add or drop course(s) without FINANCIAL penalty 
Jul25

July 25, 2014

Last day to withdraw from a Summer Term course or to completely withdraw from all Summer II courses without ACADEMIC penalty 
Aug7

August 7, 2014

Summer II last day for classes 
Aug8

August 8, 2014

Summer II Exams 

General Forms

Schedules

Courses of Study

Suggested Degree Completion Plans

Application Materials

Transfer Guides for Current Community College Students

Paralegal Forms

Scholarships and External Funding for College

Miscellaneous Documents

Is financial aid available?

Financial aid is available to qualifying students in both the degree and certificate programs. Please contact Elizabeth Martin in the Office of Financial Aid at 726-2905 for detailed information regarding your available aid.  Please know that you must be admitted to the program and have submitted your FAFSA prior to receiving aid. Visit the website of the Office of Financial Aid for more information.

Will you accept my transfer credit?

If you have earned a transferrable two-year degree from a state community college with a GPA of 2.0 or better, you may be able to earn your bachelor's degree through the Evening College in less than two years.  In most circumstances, your associate of science or associate of arts degree will fulfill your general education requirements and you may enter with Junior status and successfully complete only the 68 required credit hours to graduate. If you have not yet received your two-year degree, transfer credit will only be considered if earned at a regionally accredited institution for academic credit and a grade of C- or better was earned.  For example, we cannot accept credit for vocational/technical classes found in some short certificate or applied science degree programs. While an official decision regarding the treatment of your transfer credit will not occur until after you have been accepted into the Evening College, our program advisor, Sherry Gotlieb, will be happy to review your unofficial transcript with you to determine which courses are likely to transfer.  Please contact Sherry at 726-2898 or sbgotlie@samford.edu to schedule a meeting.

How long will it take me to graduate?

If you have already earned a qualifying two-year degree, you may be able to complete earn your bachelor's degree in less than two years.

Do you accept CLEP credit?

For the 2013-2014 academic year, we are happy to accept qualifying CLEP credit.  Please see the Samford University catalog for specific information on the CLEP program.

Does my work experience count for credit towards my degree?

For the 2013-2014 academic year, we may be able to award credit based on work experience upon completion of a Prior Learning Assessment.  See an advisor for details.

You have two paralegal programs? How do I know which one I want?

If you have already earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution, you may be eligible to earn the Paralegal Certificate through successful completion of ten legal specialty courses. If you have not earned your bachelor's degree, you will need to complete your degree before we can award the Paralegal Certificate.  If you have a qualifying associate's degree, you may enroll in the certificate-only program.  However, we strongly encourage any student with an associate's degree to pursue the BA in Paralegal Studies which earns the certificate upon award of the degree.

Do you offer online courses or programs?

Yes, we currently offer several courses in an online format.  Many more courses utilize our Learning Management System, Moodle, to reduce the amount of time you have to spend in the classroom.  We will continue to add fully online and hybrid courses.  However, we frequently hear from our students that the sense of community they feel from studying and learning in the on-campus classroom, the networking opportunities, and the personal relationships they build with instructors from the face-to-face experience are what they value most about the Evening College.

Do I have to submit test scores such as SAT or ACT?

No, we do not require standardized test scores for admission.  Please visit our How to Apply page to learn more about admission requirements to the Evening College.

How do I schedule an appointment?

Please contact Penny Seals at psseals@samford.edu for general questions, application questions, and to learn if the program is right for you.  If you are ready to meet with an advisor to review your program of study and/or your existing college credit, please contact Sherry Gotlieb at sbgotlie@samford.edu. Sherry and Penny may both be reached by calling 205-72-2898.

Are scholarships available for students in the Evening College at Samford?

Because our courses are offered at a significantly reduced cost over the traditional day program, no scholarships are awarded to Evening College students through Samford university.  However, some students have been successful in earning small scholarships offered through corporations or professional associations or non-profit groups. Be careful! Many scams exist on the internet for those seeking scholarships.  Visit this U.S. News and World Report site for some legitimate and helpful advice on finding scholarships.

I am a veteran. What benefits are available to me?

General information regarding education benefits for veterans can be found on the Samford Student Records website. Samford's VA Certifying Official is Michelle Joiner.  Michelle can be reached via email mhjoiner@samford.edu or by phone at 205-726-2911.

How is the Evening College different from the "day program" at Samford?

Many of the same faculty members teach courses in both programs.  The primary difference is that because Evening College students tend to work during the day, they avail themselves of fewer university resources and can therefore enjoy a reduced tuition rate. Because of this, it is not possible to take courses in both the day and evening - at this time. Our classes are typically quite small and we currently offer five majors and the paralegal certificate.

How do I register for classes?

You will register for your classes using the Banner Student system.  Instructions are available on our Forms and Documents page.