Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2011-04-20


The Samford University Office of Admission gave several dozen high school guidance counselors an up –close-and-personal look at the university this week. The 26 counselors came from nine states for Samford’s first-ever Counselor Fly-in April 18-20.

The Samford Showcase schedule included campus tours, class visits, sessions led by each of Samford’s academic schools, and presentations on financial aid, scholarships and student life. Counselors also learned about Samford’s special academic enrichment opportunities such as University Fellows, career development, mentoring programs, pre-law and pre-medicine programs, and the Great Ideas Summer Institute.

Participants also enjoyed dinner with Drs. Andrew and Jeanna Westmoreland at the president’s home, and could tour the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and attend a Samford home baseball game against the University of Alabama. In a hometown “meet and greet,” the counselors visited with current Samford students from their area.

“We could not have had a better group of high school counselors join us for our first Samford Showcase,” said associate director of admission Elizabeth Primm, adding that all seemed to enjoy  experiencing Samford through first hand interaction with students, faculty and staff.

 “Our hope is that this program will help us nurture existing relationships with high school guidance counselors and reach out to new territories,” she said.

Participants hailed from Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Tennessee and Texas. Florida and Texas tied for the top head count with five counselors from each state attending.


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.