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.


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.