Posted by Philip Poole on 2007-11-02

Samford University's tuition and required fees for 2007-08 compare favorably with peer institutions in an annual survey conducted by The College Board.

The survey of 3,255 college and universities represent costs to first-time, full-time undergraduate students was part of the College Board's 2007-08 annual survey of colleges.  Samford's tuition for 2007-08 is $17,920, well below the national average for four-year private institutions of $23,712. Samford's total cost of $23,470 for 2007-08 is about 28 percent below the national average of $32,307 for tuition, fees, room and board at private, four-year institutions.

When compared with other privately-funded schools in Alabama, Samford is near the middle of the group.  Topping the Alabama list is Birmingham-Southern College,an historically Methodist school; Spring Hill College, a Jesuit institution in Mobile; and Huntingdon College in Montgomery.

Samford's costs are lower than the four private institutions in the Southern Conference.  Samford will become a member of the SoCon in July 2008.  Samford is the only private university in the Ohio Valley Conference, where it has competed since 2003.

When compared regionally with other peer institutions, Samford's costs ran near the bottom of the list.  The selected peer institutions include private universities, mostly in the South, which Samford often uses for comparison in faculty salaries, student recruitment and other factors.

2007-08 Tuition and Fees Comparisons  
Private institutions in Alabama      
Birmingham-Southern College    24,300 
Spring Hill College    23,100 
Huntingdon College    18,270 
Samford University     17,920  
Tuskegee University    14,000 
U of Mobile    13,110 
Oakwood College    12,668 
Stillman College    12,186 
Faulkner University    12,025 
Judson College    11,120 
Private institutions in the Southern Conference  
Davidson College    31,794 
Furman University (SC)    31,560 
Wofford College     27,830 
Elon University    22,166 
Samford University     17,920  
Other selected private universities    
University of Richmond (VA)    37,610 
Washington & Lee University (VA)    34,725 
Emory University (GA)    34,366 
University of the South (TN)    30,660 
Rhodes College (TN)    30,652 
Stetson University (FL)    28,780 
Mercer University (GA)    26,960 
Baylor University (TX)    24,490 
Millsaps College (MS)    23,352 
Taylor University (IN)    23,260 
Berry College (GA)    20,570 
Belmont University (TN)    19,780 
LaGrange College (GA)    18,500 
Samford University     17,290  
Belhaven College (MS)    15,580