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Samford University was founded in 1841 as Howard College. Its first classes were held on January 3, 1842. The college moved to its present campus in 1957. It gained university status on November 9, 1965, and was renamed Samford University in honor of Frank Park Samford. The university campus is spread across an area of around 180 acres in Homewood, Alabama. Samford University offers an array of degrees and programs through the following schools and colleges:
  • Beeson School of Divinity
  • Brock School of Business
  • Cumberland School of Law
  • Howard College of Arts and Sciences
  • Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
  • McWhorter School of Pharmacy
  • Metro College
  • Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education and Professional Studies
  • School of the Arts
Samford University competes in the Southern Conference and is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I. Its sports teams are known as the Samford Bulldogs. Among the famous graduates of Samford University are Deidre Downs, the winner of Miss America 2005; R. Albert Mohler, Jr. , the president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; and Charles Crist, the Governor of Florida.

Profile of Samford University

Students attend Samford University in Birmingham, AL, a large suburb. The school is proud of its Baptist status. Samford University is a private, not-for-profit institution. The school degrees go up to the Doctoral degree.

Course Topics

Samford University has a greater breadth of degree programs (majors) than most colleges of its size. The school is known for its programs in medicine and law.

Samford University Selectivity

Samford University is selective and does not offer open admission. Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of at least 510. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 520 and 630. Many applicants are from out of state, an indication of the quality or special character of the school.

Faculty

The school maintains a faculty/student ratio (full-time) which is better than most colleges. Samford University has a tenure system for senior faculty. The full-time faculty at the school is well-paid, which often goes with faculty quality.

Student Enrolment

There are 4, 485 students at Samford University .

Student Life

The school offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. Samford University offers students meal plans. The school values student athletics, and belongs to the Ohio Valley Conference.

Samford University Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Law165law, pre-law, foreign lawyers
Education and Teaching135early childhood education, educational administration, elementary school teaching, teacher education, education, student Counselling, music teaching, physical education teaching, . . .
Business and Management132business management, accounting, managerial economics, human resources, international business
Medicine122pharmacy, pre-dentistry, pre-med
Liberal Arts115history, English, political science, international relations, Spanish language, sociology, general studies, Classical languages, . . .
Nursing and Emergency Medicine98registered nursing, nurse anesthetist
Religion and Philosophy80ministry, religion, theology, theological and ministerial studies, religious music, philosophy, philosophy and religious studies
Science53biology, biochemistry, physics, chemistry
Family and Social Work53family studies, social service professions, food and related services, public administration
Media52journalism, communication studies
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy30exercise science, athletic trainer, health and physical Education
Therapy and Counselling28psychology
Design20interior design, graphic design
Music11music performance, piano, voice, music theory and composition
Engineering Technician10environmental control tech
Computer Science and Engineering8computer science
Drama and Performing Arts6drama, various performing arts
Mathematics5mathematics
Art Studies3art studies
Conservation and Resource Management3environmental studies
Engineering1engineering physics
Contact: Samford UniversitySamford University

800 Lakeshore Drive

Birmingham, Alabama 35229-2240

General Phone: (205) 726-2011

http://www.samford.edu

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