Posted by Sean Flynt on 2009-03-12

Samford celebrated Philanthropy Difference Day March 9. The event marked the theoretical date that Samford ceased to operate on tuition revenue and began to operate on donor gifts.

The university's fiscal year began on July 1, 2008, and tuition dollars cover only 69 percent of the cost of operating the university through the end of the fiscal year, June 30, 2009.

The other 31% must come from funds donated by alumni and other friends.

Make a gift today!

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.