Published on September 11, 2017 by Philip Poole  
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Samford University continues a growth pattern that began eight years ago and exceeds national norms, setting a fall enrollment record for the ninth consecutive year. University officials announced a record of 5,509 students as of Sept. 8.  

Included in the totals are 3,373 undergraduate and 2,136 graduate/professional students, both records, representing 45 states, the District of Columbia, and 29 other countries. The freshman class is one of the most diverse and academically accomplished in Samford history. 

“At a time when many private institutions are struggling with enrollment, we are blessed,” said Samford President Andrew Westmoreland. “Our institutional story is ably and effectively told by motivated, trustworthy staff and faculty members throughout our admissions and retention process, and I am grateful to them for creating an environment that is so focused on students and their families.” 

Samford University is regularly recognized as one of the top national Christian universities in the United States. In its annual ranking of the best colleges, U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford #4 in the South among regional universities and #3 in the South for best undergraduate teaching.  Samford also is recognized as the top-ranked university in the state of Alabama in rankings published by Forbes Inc., The Economist and The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education

“The records come at a time of national recognition and expansion across all academic schools at Samford University,” Westmoreland added. “These rankings, combined with our enrollment records, affirm Samford’s already strong reputation as we expand our reach nationally and globally.” 

 
About Samford UniversitySamford is a premier nationally ranked Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts and a distinct blend of 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 3rd nationally for student engagement and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranks Samford 34th among private universities in the U.S. for value and affordability. Samford enrolls 5,692 students from 46 states and 28 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.