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.


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. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 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 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.