Published on August 13, 2019 by Sarah Cain  
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Samford University is included in the annual listing of the country’s top colleges and universities by The Princeton Review. Samford is highlighted in the 2020 Best Regional College list as one of the “Best Southeastern” schools. 

The honor is awarded based on data the company collects annually from administrators about institutions’ academic offerings as well as Princeton Review staff visits to schools. The Princeton Review also considers data it gathers from surveys of college students who rate and report on various aspects of their campus and community experiences.

The Princeton Review selects only about 13 percent of the country’s 3,000 four-year colleges and universities to profile, and Samford was highlighted among 142 colleges across the Southeast. 

According to Princeton Review, excerpts from surveys describe Samford as “a beautiful liberal arts college with Christian values," and "a close-knit community in which high value is placed on morality, academic excellence and communication skills.”  

Earlier this year, The Princeton Review rated Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law among the country’s top law schools, and third in the nation for “Best Quality of Life,” just behind University of Virginia and Vanderbilt University. According to The Princeton Review, “there is a real community at Cumberland,” and “there is a friendliness and warmth that you just won’t find at other schools.” 

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.

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.