Published on December 29, 2016 by Philip Poole 

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Samford University is celebrating its 175th anniversary. Chartered as Howard College by the Alabama state legislature on Dec. 29, 1841, the first classes were held on Jan. 3, 1842. Here’s a special anniversary message from President Andrew Westmoreland.

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.