Monday Mission, August 7, 2017

Published on August 7, 2017  

I’m not a great fan of the college rankings, as differing methodologies offer a confusing conglomeration of results.  However, the Forbes comparisons, grouping institutions regardless of type and size, offer an interesting approach.  There are currently more than 4,700 degree-granting institutions in the United States.  Approximately 3,100 of them are private, and almost 1,600 of the private institutions are not-for-profit.  Of that number, slightly more than 1,000 are religiously affiliated . . . and of that number, 144 are either members or collaborative partners of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.  Of those 144 institutions, Samford ranks third—behind Pepperdine and Westmont—in the Forbes rankings.  Through unwavering commitment to mission by trustees, faculty and other employees, generous gifts across 175 years and the prayers of thousands of people, Samford occupies a hopeful position within the context of American higher education.  We are blessed.

The world is better because, regardless of institutional rankings, Samford’s mission endures.

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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 3rd among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,509 students from 45 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.