Published on February 11, 2015 by Philip Poole  
students walking in spring

Samford University has announced a record spring semester enrollment of 4,751, a 1.1 percent increase over spring 2014.

The total includes 2,856 undergraduate and 1,895 graduate/professional students representing 45 states and 31 countries.

R. Philip Kimrey, Samford’s vice president for student affairs and enrollment management, noted that the freshman retention rate was a very high 97 percent from the fall to the spring semester. He credited university-wide initiatives to help students succeed academically in both the high retention and record enrollment numbers.

“Samford continues to attract students and families with an interest in our academic programs, Christian perspective and our city,” Kimrey said. “As we set yet another enrollment milestone this spring semester, our faculty and staff advise, mentor and invest in the lives of students, seeking to better them, but also the world they will change in the future. Samford has become much more than a regional institution, as it extends the reach to many parts of the country and world.”

The record enrollment comes at a time of unprecedented growth for the university, Kimrey noted. The new College of Health Sciences, now in its second year, is adding new undergraduate and graduate programs each semester. Among other growing academic programs are business, journalism and mass communication, and graduate education programs.

Samford also continues to receive national recognition, he added. U.S. News & World Report ranked Samford 3rd in the south among regional universities in its 2015 college rankings. Samford is ranked 1st in Alabama by Forbes Inc.’s college rankings. Samford also has been ranked for academic programs and value by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and The Princeton Review, among other prestigious publications and rankings.


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. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 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.