Samford University

Birmingham, AL

Samford University

Birmingham, AL

International Profile

Nurturing persons for God, for learning, forever

For more than 3,600 undergraduate students, Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, represents a bridge between youth and adulthood. Students come to Samford seeking the road to a productive life, and the University strives continuously to help them travel that road successfully.

Samford offers small classes, personal interaction, and skilled teaching. Its faculty are well prepared, with degrees from more than 180 universities and colleges in the United States, France, Germany, England, and Scotland.

The Samford campus is one of striking beauty, with buildings of consistent Georgian Colonial architecture in a wooded valley. The moment you enter, one fact is clear: this is how a college campus should be. Its spectacular setting and lasting design bespeak quality, security, and a sense of community.

Yet Samford’s location—less than six miles from downtown Birmingham—provides all of the advantages of a thriving metro area. Birmingham is Alabama’s cultural, educational, and economic center. Campus life is lively, with intramurals, concerts, lectures, special-interest groups, fraternities, sororities, 17 NCAA Division I sports, and more.

Founded by Baptists in 1841, Samford is a Christian university where faith is encouraged and students have opportunities to put faith into practice through a variety of service projects and other activities.

Samford is focused on a global future, with its own residential study center in London, England, and programs touching five continents. Students may choose the semester abroad program based in London or a variety of other locations.

Students have access to hundreds of PCs and iMac Apple computers in labs around campus, as well as wireless access throughout the campus.

Samford offers many distinctions, including interdisciplinary courses that help students analyze and synthesize the many streams of information that make up a strong education.

Recognition by U.S.News & World ReportForbes, The Princeton Review, and the John Templeton Foundation is a clear signal that a Samford education is an exceptional value . . . an education designed to bring out the best in students as they bridge the gap between high school and adulthood.

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Ranked #2 in the nation for "Student Engagement" | The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education, 2023


Ranked the #1 university in Alabama | The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education, 2023


Ranked #32 and #1 in Alabama among "The Best Colleges for Financial Aid" | LendEdu, 2023


Earned a 98% Graduation Success Rate (GSR), ranking first in the state | National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)


Ranked #66 in the nation and #1 in Alabama for "Best Undergraduate Teaching" | U.S. News & World Report, 2022


Samford University is located in Birmingham, Alabama, a city of more than one million inhabitants. Our 345 scenic acres in suburban Birmingham are minutes away from the heart of the city, providing easy access to a multitude of entertainment options in the area.

At A Glance

Type of University: Private Christian liberal arts university chartered in 1841

Size of Campus: 247 acres in the suburb of Homewood; minutes away from downtown Birmingham

Number of Students: 5,683; student-faculty ratio is 14:1. Typical class size is 19 students.

Number of Faculty: 84% of full-time faculty hold the highest degree in their field.

Colleges, Programs, and Degrees: 183 undergraduate majors, minors, and concentrations; 65 graduate majors, minors, and concentrations.
• School of the Arts
• Brock School of Business
• Beeson Divinity School
• Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education
• School of Health Professions
• Howard College of Arts and Sciences
• Cumberland School of Law
• Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
• McWhorter School of Pharmacy
• School of Public Health

Geographic Diversity: Samford University students come from 47 states and 19 countries.

International Student Services: English Language Learner Institute, Office of International Student Life, Office of International Education

Financial Aid: Available through merit scholarships and FAFSA filing

Test Score Requirements:
GPA (minimum): 3.0
Test scores (middle 50%): SAT (Critical Reading plus Math): 1080–1320; ACT: 23–29; TOEFL: 90 Internet-based, 577 paper-based, 233 computer-based; IELTS: 6.5
English Language Learner Institute (ELLI) for students who do not meet English test score requirements (

Application Deadlines and Fees:
Presidential and Leadership Scholarship deadline: December 1
Academic Scholarship deadline: December 15
Admission deadline: May 1 (for fall)
Application fee: $40

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “Samford gave me the confidence to know that I may not have all the answers, but I can get them, and with that mindset, I can learn to do anything.”

    • Whitney O’Steen-Loehr
      Producer and Creative Director, Loehr Productions
  • “I left Samford with more than an education. I left with wisdom. Character can get you in doors that your achievements never will.”

    • Jeremy Towns, MD
      Emergency Medicine Resident, Former NFL Player
  • “I graduated in May and began working for an NFL team the next week. I couldn’t have done that without the real-world training of my Samford practicum and the inspiration of my professors.”

    • Aspen Odom
      Public Relations Assistant, Denver Broncos
  • “My professors at Samford believed in me before I believed in myself.”

    • Jon Acuff
      New York Times Bestselling Author