Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2007-08-17

Samford University freshmen will arrive Aug. 23 for a series of final orientation events. The new students, expected to number about 730, will constitute the second-largest freshman class in Samford history.

During four days of Connections events, the freshmen will meet in small groups for faculty-led discussion of pre-assigned summer readings and together for a lecture by provost Dr. Brad Creed.

The readings, based on writings of philosophers Martha Nussbaum and Richard John Neuhaus, form a basis to explore Samford's identity and consider why academic and faith missions should matter.

Varied activities will acquaint the freshmen with the campus, their new Birmingham community and area churches. Events include a movie night at the Alabama Theater, an on-campus hoedown, and an ice cream social at Samford president Andrew Westmoreland's home.

The new Samford students will be part of a projected total fall enrollment of about 4,500. Fall semester classes begin Monday, Aug. 27.

The 2007-08 academic year marks the 50-year anniversary of the school's move to Lakeshore Drive in Homewood. From 1887 until 1957 the school was located in the East Lake area of Birmingham. The school was founded as Howard College in Marion, Ala., in 1841.

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.