Posted by Mary L. Wimberley on 2006-06-01

Samford University will begin the first term of summer classes Monday, June 5. About 1,126 graduate and undergraduate students are expected to enroll.

The university will host numerous camps and conferences throughout the summer, including sports, music and theatre camps for children, and a forensics institute for high school debaters. Genealogists from throughout the nation will attend the annual Institute for Genealogy and Historical Research June 6-11.

Other June events include three orientation sessions for students enrolling next fall, and Alabama Governor's School for high school students. Samford will host the Miss Alabama pageant June 4-10.

The National Youth Bible Drill and Speakers Tournament, sponsored by the Alabama Baptist Convention's State Board of Missions, will be held in Reid Chapel on Friday, June 9. Representatives of 13 state Baptist conventions will compete.

The Samford After Sundown community course program will offer a variety of personal enrichment classes this summer.

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 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 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.