Published on March 2, 2010 by Philip Poole  

Samford University has a record spring semester enrollment of 4,489. The 2010 figure tops the previous record of 4,370, set in spring 2006. The spring enrollment includes 2,728 undergraduates and 1,761 graduate and professional students.

Samford also had a record fall semester enrollment, with 4,630.

Spring semester enrollment typically is lower than fall because of winter graduation and a small number of new students who enroll mid-year, according to R. Phil Kimrey, Samford’s vice president for enrollment management.

“The new record reflects continued positive efforts by our faculty and staff to recruit and retain students who are committed to high academic achievement,” Kimrey said. “It also reflects our growing reputation as a top educational value.”

Earlier this year Samford was named one of the 50 Best Values among private universities in the U.S. by Princeton Review and USA 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 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.