Posted by William Nunnelley on 1999-08-20

Samford University ranks sixth in the South among Regional Universities in the 2000 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s selection of "America’s Best Colleges," released Aug. 23. That places Samford in the top 40 of the nation’s 504 Regional Universities.

U.S. News selects the top 10 Regional Universities in four geographical areas—North, South, Midwest and West. Regional Universities are defined as schools that "provide a full range of undergraduate and master’s level programs," according to U.S. News. Samford offers 25 degree programs including 15 at the master’s level and above.

In the same report, Samford is ranked as the 10th "Best Value" among the 123 Regional Universities in the South. The value rankings relate a school’s cost to its quality. "Higher academic quality coupled with lower cost to students equals a better deal," said U.S. News.

Rankings are based on a school’s academic reputation, retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance and alumni giving rate.


About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.