Published on November 1, 2023  
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Samford University is ranked #10 of all colleges and universities in the United States for the quality of career preparation provided to its students according to a new ranking published in The Wall Street Journal.

The report is based on a national survey conducted for the WSJ/College Pulse 2024 Best Colleges in the U.S. ranking. The survey asked more than 60,000 students to share information on career preparation, educational opportunities and learning facilities at their schools. The survey also assessed satisfaction with the value received for the learning experiences provided.

The top national ranking affirms what many Samford officials and alumni already know – the university prepares graduates well for the future. Samford conducts a bi-annual census of students to report its job placement rate, indicating on average 97% of its graduates are either employed, continuing their education in graduate school or in post-graduation internships upon graduation.

“The year-over-year placement data is impressive and demonstrates the value of Samford’s first-class education,” said Dora Ditchfield, director of the Samford Career Development Center. “It’s a holistic effort and everyone at Samford plays a role. It’s the faculty who pour themselves into teaching and mentoring so well and provide research opportunities to undergraduates, something that rarely happens at large universities. It’s the staff who lead and encourage opportunities outside of the classroom that creates the well-roundedness that is so valued by employers.”

This latest ranking also affirms the comprehensive support provided to Samford students. Beginning their freshman year, students are equipped with resources to explore interests and career aspirations through student organizations, global engagement opportunities, and individual career counseling services and assistance that evolves to meet their needs as they continue through Samford. The result is a highly tailored educational experience that leads to high employment and graduate school acceptance rates among Samford graduates.

For additional details, see The Wall Street Journal article.

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. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 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 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.