Posted by William Nunnelley on 2004-03-22

Samford University tuition, room and board will increase 5.7 percent for undergraduate students during the 2004-05 academic year beginning June 1. The increases were approved recently by the University board of trustees as part of the 2004-05 budget planning process.

Next year's cost of tuition and average cost of room and board will be $9,725 per semester or $19,450 for the fall and spring semesters.

Tuition will increase $395 per semester to $6,972 for full-time students, making the tuition charge $13,944 for fall and spring.

Samford continues to be one of the best buys in higher education among comparable schools, noted Joseph W. (Bill) Mathews, Jr., Samford Vice President for Business Affairs and General Counsel.

"Samford works hard to hold costs down, and even with this increase, it remains one of the most affordable private universities in America," said Mathews.

"The University will continue to implement cost control programs that help maintain affordability, but will not compromise its mission of providing academic programs of maximal quality," he added.

Samford is ranked fifth in the South among Master's degree institutions by U.S. News & World Report and is listed in the "Very Competitive" category of Barron's Profiles of American Colleges.


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 1st nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.