Posted by William Nunnelley on 2003-04-07

Samford University has been named to a list of 100 "Colleges Worth Considering" compiled by Washington Post education reporter Jay Mathews.

The list of "colleges and universities that deserve bigger reputations" appeared in the April 1 edition of The Post.

"I called them hidden gems," said Mathews, who enlisted the help of high school guidance counselors in compiling the list.

Samford "offers a range of opportunities in education, nursing, pharmacy, the performing arts and pre-professional courses for future doctors and lawyers," said Mathews' story.


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.