Posted by William Nunnelley on 2003-11-07

Samford University enrolled 4,440 students for the fall semester of 2003, its largest enrollment in four years. The enrollment includes students from 44 states and foreign students from 33 countries.

School officials attribute the increase to several factors. Samford enrolled its second largest freshman class in history (680) this fall, and increased its retention rate of last year's freshmen to 88.53 percent compared to 80 percent last fall. The school also had increases in the number of pharmacy and law students.

The total increase gives Samford its largest student body since 1999, when 4,494 enrolled. Last year's enrollment was 4,366.

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.