Published on August 11, 2015 by William Nunnelley  
Samford University will welcome its largest freshman class in history for the start of the fall semester this weekend. A total of 810 entering freshmen are scheduled to move onto campus Friday, Aug. 14, as Samford begins its 174th year.  The previous high for freshmen was the entering class of 2013 with 755 freshmen.

“This record entering freshman class further demonstrates Samford’s competitive position in the higher education market,” said Phil Kimrey, Samford’s vice president for student affairs and enrollment management. “The university's approach to integrate academic quality and faculty interaction, Christian perspective, the residential experience and financial value give Samford a distinct advantage as we recruit students.”

With transfers, the university will have more than 1,000 new students this fall. Total enrollment is expected to exceed 5,000 students for the first time in history. The previous high for total enrollment was last year’s 4,933.

A total of 2,323 students will live in university housing, another record.

Kimrey credited the efforts of the Samford admission staff led by Dean Jason Black for continuing to produce record enrollments of students of high academic quality and leadership.

Kimrey said several factors have provided momentum recently for Samford, including the formation of the College of Health Sciences, the opening of the new Brock School of Business building and the acquisition of the Southern Progress property.
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.