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. 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 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.