Published on September 9, 2005 by Mary Wimberley  

Nine undergraduate students, 11 law students and one divinity student started classes at Samford University this week after being displaced at their schools because of Hurricane Katrina.

The undergraduate students were previously enrolled at Dillard University, Southern University at New Orleans, University of New Orleans, William Carey College-New Orleans branch and Xavier University, all located in New Orleans, La.

Thursday, Sept. 8, was the last day for relocating students to enroll at Samford for the fall semester.

Samford's Cumberland School of Law received 11 students who were enrolled as second or third-year students at Loyola or Tulane law schools, both located in New Orleans.

One student who was studying at flood-damaged New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary has enrolled at Samford's Beeson Divinity School.


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.