Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2009-08-14

Samford University is included in the 2010 edition of The Princeton Review's popular guidebook, "The Best 371 Colleges" (Random House/Princeton Review) as one of the country's best institutions for undergraduate education.

Only about 15 percent of America's 2,500 four-year colleges and two Canadian colleges are profiled in the book. It includes detailed profiles of  the colleges with school rating scores in eight categories, plus ranking lists of top 20 schools in 62 categories based on The Princeton Review's surveys of students attending the colleges.

The  Princeton Review makes its choices on institutional data gathered about schools, feedback from students attending them, and input from staff who visit hundreds of colleges each year.

The school profiles also have ratings that are based largely on institutional data the Review collected during the 2008-09 academic year. Ratings are scores on a scale of 60 to 99 that are tallied in eight categories, including admissions selectivity, financial aid, fire safety and green, a rating that is a measure of a school's commitment to environmentally related policies, practices and education.

Samford's scores included a 92 on quality of life and 91 on admissions selectivity.

Samford, Alabama's largest privately supported college or university, expects a fall enrollment of about 4,500.