Published on October 21, 2019 by Sarah Cain  
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No university in the country comes more highly recommended than Samford University, according to a survey conducted by The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education.

More than 170,000 current students at colleges across the country were asked, “If a friend or family member were considering going to university, based on your experience, how likely or unlikely are you to recommend your college or university to them?” Samford students were more likely to recommend their university than students at any other school.  

“Our students are among the most engaged in the country, and it is encouraging to see their passion for sharing the treasured Samford experience with others,” said Vice President for Student Affairs Phil Kimrey. “The Samford student experience is distinguished by nurturing intellectual, ethical and spiritual student development and we know this approach creates lasting success in school and beyond.” 

Other schools included in the most recommended list include University of Notre Dame (No. 3), Rice University (tied No. 6), Stanford University (tied No. 6), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (No. 8), Yale University (No. 9) and Harvard University (No. 16).

Samford is regularly recognized as one of the top Christian universities in the United States and receives high marks for value. This year, The Wall Street Journal ranked Samford no. 3 nationally for student engagement and the top university in Alabama. Samford was also ranked no. 40 nationally for best undergraduate teaching by U.S. News & World Report and no. 34 nationally among private universities on Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s Best College Values” list.

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.