Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2008-08-22

Returning Samford University students will arrive on campus Sunday (AUG. 24) in anticipation of fall semester classes starting on Monday.

Freshman and transfer students arrived Thursday and Friday for a series of final orientation events. Activities for the new Samford students include an ice cream social at Samford president Andrew Westmoreland's home on Sunday afternoon.

All students will enjoy a week of "Welcome Back" activities, including a tailgate party on Thursday prior to the season opening football game against the University of West Georgia.

The semester-opening convocation will be Tuesday, Aug. 26, at 10 a.m. in Wright Center Concert Hall. Samford president Andrew Westmoreland will speak.

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.