Published on June 8, 2015  

We’re hosting another wave of new students and family members this morning for orientation.  In a few minutes I’ll have the honor of speaking to them in the Wright Center, welcoming them to the next chapter of their lives.  In my years at Samford, as I’ve asked hundreds—perhaps thousands—of students why they were drawn to this place, perhaps the most common reply is that “it felt right to me.”  That’s shorthand, I think, for reasons that are probably too numerous to mention, but it is impossible for most of us to separate a “right feeling” about a place from the people we encounter there.  Samford feels right for so many students and families because of the quality of our people.  

The world is better because of the people—students, alumni, friends, and employees—of Samford.


About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.