September 25-27, 2020
Samford University will host Family Weekend September 25-27, 2020. We hope you will make plans now to be on campus for this special weekend!
Frequently Asked Questions
How is the date chosen?
Family Weekend is scheduled for early fall on the weekend of a home football game. Staff members in several offices together choose a date that falls a few weeks after move in and before Fall Break. Sometimes these parameters don't allow a choice. For this coming year, we are excited our 2019 football schedule offered two options! We chose the October date in response to the requests made by Samford families in this year's post-weekend survey.
Why isn't the football game at night?
Conference regulations guide the timing of most Samford football games and take into consideration several factors, including the distance the visiting team has to travel back home after the game. Due to these regulations, most Samford games are in the afternoon.
Are area hotels offering reduced rates for the weekend?
Many hotels in the area offer reduced rates and blocks of rooms for Samford families. The list below is not exhaustive, but gives a good variety of location and rates.
- Courtyard by Marriott Homewood
- Courtyard by Marriott Colonnade
- Drury Inn, Homewood (use the code 308745)
- Drury Inn, Grandview (use the code 308745)
- Hampton Inn Mountain Brook
- Hilton Garden Inn Homewood
- Residence Inn Homewood
- Grand Bohemian Mountain Brook
May I help plan my state's tailgate?
The answer is, "Absolutely!" If you would like to get to know more Samford parents from your area and help set the festive tone of the Family Weekend tailgate, please email to let us know. We will connect you with other volunteers so you can begin planning the best state tailgate ever! We can share a guide to help you know what steps to take each month leading up to the weekend.
Why do you have Preview Day during Family Weekend?
The Preview Day experience is one of the most impactful a prospective family will have going through the college-search process. During a Samford Preview Day, we work to provide families the opportunity to see as many facets of the university as possible. Families not only receive information on our application and scholarship processes during the day, but also interact with faculty, staff and students and experience the rich traditions that exist at on campus. On Family Weekend, in particular, students and parents enjoy the opportunity to participate in the tradition of one of our largest tailgates each year, getting a sense of the Samford community and family, and cheering for the Bulldogs during the day's football game. This combination of experiences gives Samford prospects—the students and their families--a unique look into life at Samford. The welcome you give our prospective families on Family Weekend Preview Day shows us at our best!
Who should come to Family Weekend?
The entire family is invited to enjoy the fun of Family Weekend!
When should we arrive?
Activities will begin Friday at 1 p.m. and continue through early Sunday afternoon. Plan to arrive as soon as you can to participate in as many activities as possible with your student and other Samford families.
Questions about the weekend may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.