Posted by Phillip Poole on 2009-02-12

Samford University's spring 2009 semester enrollment increased over spring 2008. Total enrollment for 2009 is 4,298, up 61. The increases primarily were in graduate programs.

Spring semester classes began Jan. 26.

"The enrollment increase is welcome news for the university and represents the positive results of our faculty and staff efforts to retain our students," said Samford President Andrew Westmoreland.

Last fall Samford's administration implemented budget adjustments in anticipation of reduced earnings from the endowment and possible lower enrollment, Westmoreland noted. The university will continue to monitor its budget to ensure continued financial stability.

"We are practicing careful fiscal management, preparing for as many variables as possible," he said.

Fall semester enrollment was 4,469. Spring semester enrollments typically are lower than fall, largely because of graduation. Samford graduated 265 at the end of the fall semester.

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.