Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2000-06-22

The Samford University interior design program has received accreditation by the Foundation for Interior Design Education Research (FIDER), making it one of only about 130 FIDER-accredited programs in the U.S. and Canada.

Aspects of the Samford program cited by FIDER included its close academic relationship with the school's art department. A Samford student majoring in interior design must also receive a strong foundation in art courses.

FIDER is a specialized accrediting agency for interior design programs at colleges and universities in North America. Its mission is to "promote excellence in interior design education through research and the accreditation of academic programs."

Samford's interior design program is a part of the school's Department of Human Sciences and Design.


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 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 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.