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.

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.