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.

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. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 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 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.