Posted by William Nunnelley on 2004-08-19

Samford University again ranks as one of the top institutions in the South in the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings of America’s Best Colleges.

Samford is fifth in the South in the Best Universities-Master’s category, which includes schools offering a full range of undergraduate and master’s programs and some doctoral programs. Samford offers 23 degree programs including 15 at the master’s and doctoral levels.

U.S. News & World Report rankings are based on a school’s academic reputation, freshman retention rates, faculty resources, class size, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.

Samford has been ranked in the top seven schools in its category for 15 consecutive years.

Rankings were announced Friday, Aug. 20. U.S. News ranks the schools in four categories--Best National-Doctoral, Best Universities-Master's, Best Liberal Arts Colleges-Bachelor's and Best Comprehensive Colleges-Bachelor's. The Best Universities-Master's category is the largest (572 schools) and is divided into four geographic regions.

Samford enrolls more than 4,400 students from 44 states and foreign students from 33 countries.

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.