Published on August 15, 2019 by Sarah Cain  
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Samford University is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the country in Forbes’ Top Colleges ranking released August 15. The annual list includes institutions deemed to deliver the top academics, best experiences, career success and lowest debt.

Samford moved up 32 spots in this year’s list and is the top ranked private university in Alabama. Forbes ranks Samford #32 in the South and #169 nationally among all private and public colleges and universities. Considering there are 4,300 degree-granting postsecondary institutions in the U.S., this ranking places Samford in the top four percent of all colleges and universities in the country.

Now in its 12th year, Forbes’ Top Colleges ranking is based on six general categories: alumni salary, student satisfaction, student debt, distinguished alumni, on-time graduation rate and academic success.

According to Forbes, “Whether a school is in the Top 10 or near the bottom of the list, these 650 count as the best in the country. We include just 15% of all degree-granting postsecondary institutions in the U.S., so appearing here at all is an indication that a school meets a high standard.”

Samford places heavy emphasis on career counseling and preparing its students for success upon graduation. The university continually monitors and reports on the placement of its recent graduates. In recent years, 96% of all undergraduate alumni have been employed, enrolled in graduate school or pursuing postgraduate internships within six months of graduation.

“Offering our students rigorous academic programs at an accessible cost is a top priority for Samford,” said Betsy Holloway, Samford’s vice president for marketing and communication. “Our success in this effort is affirmed not only by the latest Forbes ranking but also our continued growth in enrollment, strong student retention rate and exceptional student outcomes.”

These recognitions continue Samford’s tradition of national distinction in academic performance and student life. Recently, Samford was ranked no. 34 nationally among private universities on Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s Best College Values” list. The Wall Street Journal also ranks Samford 12th nationally for student engagement and the top university in Alabama.

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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. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 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 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.