Posted by William Nunnelley on 2000-09-01

Samford University ranks fifth in the South among Regional Universities in the 2001 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s selection of America’s Best Colleges. The No. 5 ranking is Samford’s highest in the 10 years it has been ranked by U.S. News. The school has been sixth for the past two years.

The rankings, announced Friday, Sept. 1, will appear in the Sept. 11 issue of the magazine, on newsstands Monday, Sept. 4.

U.S. News selects the top Regional Universities in four geographical areas–a total of 505 schools–that provide "a full range of undergraduate programs and graduate education at the master’s level." Samford offers 24 degree programs including 16 at the master’s level and above.

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