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Samford University Overview

Samford University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Birmingham, Alabama. Birmingham is considered a suburb and offers tranquility and safety near the excitement of a city center.

What Is Samford University Known For?

899 Undergraduate Awards
$35,135 Avg Cost After Aid
83% Acceptance Rate
  • The 3% student loan default rate at Samford is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at Samford.
  • In 2017-2018, 98% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from Samford with a bachelor's degree make about $49,900 a year. That's 22% more than those who graduate from other schools.
  • On average, it takes about 4.2 years for students from Samford to earn a bachelor's degree. This is excellent when compared to the average of 4.4 years.

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Samford University Rankings

Samford is ranked #4 out of 29 schools in Alabama.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Samford.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#19 Most Popular Online Nursing Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Samford has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#14 Best Value Colleges for Journalism College Factual
#47 Best Colleges for Health Professions College Factual
#62 Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism College Factual
#77 Best Colleges for Nursing College Factual
#81 Best Value Colleges for Communication & Journalism College Factual
#89 Best Health Professions Colleges for Veterans College Factual

Where Is Samford University?

Location of Samford University

Contact details for Samford are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 800 Lakeshore Drive, Birmingham, AL 35229-2240
Phone: 205-726-2011
Website: www.samford.edu
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SamfordU

How Do I Get Into Samford?

You can apply to Samford online at: www.samford.edu/admission/apply

Admission Requirements for Samford

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank considered but not required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program considered but not required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into Samford?

83% Acceptance Rate
68% Of Accepted Are Women
33% Submit SAT Scores
Samford has an acceptance rate of 83%, which means that is not quite as selective as some other schools. Still, you'll need good grades and a solid application if you want to be admitted.

Approximately 32% of accepted students are men and 68% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 81%, and the acceptance rate for women is 84%.

Average Test Scores

About 33% of students accepted to Samford submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 550 and 650. Math scores were between 530 and 630.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Samford University  ( 550 to 650 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Samford University  ( 530 to 630 )
200
800
Samford received ACT scores from 86% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 24 and 31. Math scores were between 22 and 27. Composite scores were between 23 and 29.

ACT English Scores for Samford University  ( 24 to 31 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Samford University  ( 22 to 27 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Samford University  ( 23 to 29 )
1
36

Can I Afford Samford University?

$35,135 Net Price
38% Take Out Loans
2.9% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Samford is $35,135. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Samford, approximately 38% of students took out student loans averaging $8,448 a year. That adds up to $33,792 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Samford is 2.9%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Samford University Undergraduate Student Diversity

3,453 Full-Time Undergraduates
67% Women
13% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 3,535 undergraduate students at Samford, with 3,453 being full-time and 82 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Samford

There are also 2,084 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 3,453 full-time undergraduates at Samford, 33% are male and 67% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Samford

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Samford University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Samford Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 37
Black or African American 214
Hispanic or Latino 116
White 2,941
International Students 45
Other Races/Ethnicities 100

Geographic Diversity

Alabama students aren't the only ones who study at Samford University. At this time, 31 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 40 countries are represented at Samford. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Brazil, and South Korea.

Online Learning at Samford University

651 Took All Classes Online
1,691 Took At Least One Class Online
21.2% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 1,691 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Samford has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 25th most popular in Alabama for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Samford

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Samford University was 21.2%. This is the #857 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Samford regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Samford majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 10%
Health & Medical Administrative Services 33%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Samford ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Samford.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services #7
Public Health #23
Teacher Education Grade Specific #70
Nursing #156
Education #188
Business Administration & Management #238
Health Professions #263
Business, Management & Marketing #300

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Samford University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Undergraduate Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 0 124 0 0 123 247
Nursing 0 118 0 48 54 220
Law 0 0 0 0 135 135
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 34 0 37 0 71
Educational Administration 0 0 18 17 29 64
Accounting 0 30 0 29 0 59
Business Administration & Management 0 33 0 26 0 59
Finance & Financial Management 0 51 0 0 0 51
Theological & Ministerial Studies 0 0 1 40 7 48
Journalism 0 47 0 0 0 47
Marketing 0 41 0 0 0 41
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 0 0 33 33
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 0 13 0 17 0 30
Human Development & Family Studies 0 30 0 0 0 30
Social Work 0 3 0 26 0 29
Communication Sciences 0 14 0 14 0 28
Health Sciences & Services 0 24 0 0 0 24
General English Literature 0 22 0 0 0 22
Music 0 18 0 3 0 21
Communication & Media Studies 0 19 0 0 0 19
Health/Medical Prep Programs 0 19 0 0 0 19
Health & Physical Education 0 19 0 0 0 19
General Biology 0 16 0 0 0 16
Business/Managerial Economics 0 16 0 0 0 16
History 0 16 0 0 0 16
Legal Research 0 0 0 16 0 16
Design & Applied Arts 0 15 0 0 0 15
Computer Information Systems 0 13 0 0 0 13
Public Health 0 1 0 12 0 13
Drama & Theater Arts 0 13 0 0 0 13
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 12 0 0 0 12
General Psychology 0 11 0 0 0 11
Political Science & Government 0 11 0 0 0 11
Instructional Media Design 0 0 0 10 0 10
Romance Languages 0 10 0 0 0 10
Allied Health Professions 0 6 0 4 0 10
Religious Studies 0 10 0 0 0 10
Mathematics 0 9 0 0 0 9
Legal Support Services 8 0 0 0 0 8
Classical Languages & Literature 0 7 0 0 0 7
Natural Resources Conservation 0 1 0 6 0 7
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 5 0 1 0 6
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 0 6 0 0 0 6
International Relations & National Security 0 6 0 0 0 6
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 5 0 0 0 5
Special Education 0 0 0 5 0 5
International Studies 0 5 0 0 0 5
Geography & Cartography 0 5 0 0 0 5
Sociology 0 5 0 0 0 5
Engineering Physics 0 4 0 0 0 4
Public Administration 0 4 0 0 0 4
Sacred Music 0 2 0 2 0 4
Fine & Studio Arts 0 4 0 0 0 4
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 2 0 1 0 3
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 3 0 0 0 3
Economics 0 3 0 0 0 3
Medical Illustration & Informatics 0 0 0 2 0 2
Physics 0 2 0 0 0 2
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 2 0 0 0 2
Missionary Studies 0 0 2 0 0 2
Architecture (Other) 0 1 0 0 0 1
Chemistry 0 1 0 0 0 1
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 0 0 0 0
Human Resource Management 0 0 0 0 0 0
International Business 0 0 0 0 0 0
Computer Science 0 0 0 0 0 0
Student Counseling 0 0 0 0 0 0
Environmental Control Technology 0 0 0 0 0 0
Area Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0
Germanic Languages 0 0 0 0 0 0
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Health Professions 0 0 0 0 0 0
Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Philosophy & Religious Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0
Philosophy 0 0 0 0 0 0
Human Services 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Visual Art 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 8 891 21 316 381 1,617

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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