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.

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About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.