Posted by William Nunnelley on 2003-08-20

Samford University will welcome some 4,400 students to campus this week for the start of the school's 162nd academic year.

About 700 freshmen will arrive on campus by Thursday, Aug. 21, for their final orientation to campus life. Four days of activities will include special assemblies, recreation and small group meetings.

A session on community activism will be based on their summer reading assignment, the book "Why We Can't Wait," by Martin Luther King, Jr. History professor Jonathan Bass and pastor Gerald Austin of Birmingham's New City Church will lead the discussion.

Members of the freshman class were chosen from a record 2,066 applicants to Samford.

Samford upperclassmen will begin moving in Friday, Aug. 22, and classes will start Monday, Aug. 25. Opening convocation will be Tuesday, Aug. 26, at 10 a.m. in Wright Center Concert Hall.


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.