Published on January 13, 2007 by Philip Poole  
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.

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.