Posted by Mary Wimberley on 1999-08-20

Samford University students and faculty arrive on campus this week to begin the school's 158th academic year and final fall semester in this millennium.

Faculty, including some 30 new additions, will attend workshops Monday through Wednesday (Aug. 23-25). Assessment and critical thinking specialist Dr. Don. W. Farmer, Vice President of Academic Affairs, King's College, Wilkes-Barre, Pa., will lecture on critical thinking and teaching.

Freshmen and upperclassmen will move into residence halls on Thursday, Aug. 26. Samford's total enrollment of about 4,600 will include an expected 675 freshmen who were accepted from a record 1,973 applicants.

The first-year students will acclimate to Birmingham with a half-day of service experience on Friday afternoon, Aug. 27. The volunteers will be joined by faculty members at work sites around town.

Fall classes begin for most Samford students Monday, Aug. 30.

Students at Samford's Cumberland School of Law begin classes Tuesday, Aug. 24. This year's 190 freshman law students arrived Aug. 16 for a week of orientation, legal research and writing tutorials.

Samford students will welcome the new school year with changes, including enhanced telephone accessibility and a new campus telephone prefix.

Every residence hall room now has four lines, giving each room resident both a telephone and Internet access line. Samford is the first school in Alabama to have the convenience for its 1,850 on-campus residents.

Earlier this Summer, Samford changed its telephone prefix to 726 (SAM) so that all campus lines will begin with the same numbers. Previously, campus telephone lines have had three different prefixes.


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. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 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 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.