About Us

Welcome to Samford University, home of the Bulldogs!

For more than 160 years, Samford University and its students have impacted the world with their academic achievement and leadership skills. At the university’s core is a foundation of Christian values and belief, a mission to nurture persons for God, for learning, forever that has withstood the test of time. Because of the united dedication to this mission, Samford students discover that professors, administrators, and staff encourage them to reach their highest potential intellectually, spiritually, and socially. The rewards are numerous, and the impact on individual lives is endless.

international students at Barons baseball game

Samford was founded in 1841 by Alabama Baptists. As a Christian university, the community fosters academic, career and ethical competency, while encouraging social and civic responsibility and service to others. Samford offers associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and professional doctoral degrees, as well as continuing education and various types of worthwhile, non-degree learning. The university serves students through eight organizational units: Howard College of Arts and Sciences, McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Cumberland School of Law, School of Business, Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education and Professional Studies, School of Performing Arts, Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing and Beeson School of Divinity.

Facts and Figures


3,358 square miles in the Birmingham Metropolitan Statistical Area (Jefferson, Walker, St. Clair, Shelby and Blount Counties)


Average is 620 feet. Range is 583 to 1,200 feet


33’34 North


86’45 West


938,500 in the Metropolitan area


Birmingham is seventh in size in metro areas in the Southeast. Twenty-two percent of Alabama’s total population is in the Birmingham area. Birmingham ranks 11th in per capita income among other southeastern metropolitan areas.