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Reviews 502 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I felt right at home and my advisor and financial aid and deans helped so much.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Most everyone treats everyone the same as anyone else.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Lots of opportunities with Greek life on our campus.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus safety services do a great job keeping up with everything and making sure we are all safe.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Always a great variety and fantastic food! The chef does a great job preparing and cooking the foods!

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Lost everyone knows how to dress properly and looks like they enjoy life. Everyone at samford is usually very nice and open to anyone.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Without the scholarships I received, I would not be at samford. Samford is really good at giving out scholarships to help with school.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: There is an audition process and acceptance policy. Basically you have to have talent and then the teachers help you after that.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I live being in the School of the Arts at Samford. The professors are great and willing to help all the time.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The football team is really doing a great job this year and hopefully will do much better next year.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Student life is great! Living on campus really helps with getting to know people, and the food court and caf are outstanding.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The campus is beautiful and not very modern. I live that! It is voted the most beautiful campus in Alabama.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors are really easy to get along with, and classes are challenging, but with the professors help, you can totally get through a class!

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Being a music major is tough, but it's my passion, so I'm gonna be great at it no matter how tough it is!

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I live living in Birmingham. There is always something to do and be involved with. Especially churches.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I live on campus, but from what I hear, the off-campus living is great!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The rules against drugs and alcohol on our campus is a great thing! Samford does not put up with it. Samford police keep us safe and sound.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Nice rooms/ buildings! Love Samford Housing!

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are many different places around Birmingham to eat and hangout! The places are usually fair in their prices and have a great variety.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: There is a bus system within Birmingham but it's not of much use to students and not always very safe. Everything a student needs is right across the street from campus, except the campus is right off a major road that you would need a car to cross.

There is an airport in Birmingham that accomodates most domestic flights several times a day, though, and I fly in and out of it very often. Never had any problems getting where I need to with it.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Birmingham is a really fun and vibrant city. There's always a lot going on and the people are usually very friendly. It's got every grocery store you can think of except (Wal-Mart, Target, Publix, Whole Foods, World Market). It's got three big malls and shopping areas: the Brookwood mall, the Summit and the Galleria. They've all got great shops and restaurants. The Summit is probably the more expensive option but has the best restaurants and unusual shops, and the Galleria is more affordable and has a big food court. The Alabama Ballet is based in Birmingham and puts on great shows, there's also a museum of art that has everything from modern art to ancient Japanese art, as well as seasonal expositions. There are several parks you can go to walk around and get some fresh air, though some are parts of town you may want to avoid.

Generally it's understood that the downtown area and the south side are unsafe neighborhoods, and you should always steer clear of Finley Boulevard and the neighborhood around it. While the campus is safe, the city can be pretty dangerous if you're not in the right place.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Financial aid is always a pain, it seems like, but it went fairly smoothly with Samford. I have enough scholarships and government grants to cover 3/4 of the total cost of attendance, not including loans. The school offers work study opportunities but the pay is not usually applied to tuition, they think it's a good way for students to have some spending money every month, but it is possible for you to apply it to tuition and other costs.

One tip that definitely helped me out a lot is that Samford offers the possibility of making what they call a financial appeal to the Office of Financial Aid. You basically fill out a form explaining why you can't afford what the school is asking you to pay based on the financial aid they have given you. There's also a form to fill out to compare the scholarships that Samford has offered you to the scholarships other universities have offered you, as a way of asking them to increase the amount of any academic or leadership scholarship. Also, you should definitely apply for their leadership scholarship, even if you think you haven't done much leadership or extracurricular activities. Just make a resumé. You could get $2,000 for it and every little bit helps.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: Alabama is usually very hot in the summer, and very humid. With thunder storms here and there. The campus closes every now and then in the morning due to tornado alerts, which are frequent in Alabama in spring and summer. If it's raining on campus, you really need rubber rainboats, otherwise your shoes and pants may get soaked or muddy. A lot of the campus is green, and built on a hill, so rain water runs right through it. Otherwise in most any weather the campus remains beautiful. Fortunately, buildings where your classes are will never be more than 10 minutes away from your dorm so you won't risk getting soaked in the rain if you have an umbrella, and it's a very pleasant walk.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: This is a Christian school, after all, so certain things need to respected. As long as you don't violate drinking, drug or visitation policies you'll be fine. Basically, no drinking if you're under 21 and if you are, not on campus. No drugs ever. And no students of the opposite sex in your dorm after certain hours (from 10pm to midnight depending on the day of the week).

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are your average dorms: cream coloured walls with a bed, desk, closet and drawers. Rooms only hold up to two people, and the cost of living alone is not worth it; you may as well get a roommate. You're free to decorate your dorm however you want, most girls decorate it really cute and make it look very nice. You're allowed to have a refrigerator and microwave. There's limited space, though, so you can't bring too much else other than clothes, some books, your dorm and living supplies and some decorations. Generally the dorms are well kept, pretty clean, even the communal bathrooms and showers.

The social atmosphere is really what makes living in the dorms so nice: everyone is outgoing and interested in you, the RAs are friendly and there to help you. Often girls in the same hall will have event nights together in the dorm's common area and cook things together in the communal kitchen (that is fully equipped with a stove and an oven!)

The housing process was so easy: you fill out the required forms and there you go, Res Life will find a roommate for you. You have the option of searching for a roommate yourself on Samford's special Facebook app, though, which is how I met my roommate!


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Joanna Reynolds
Maryville, TN
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Samford can be a wonderful experience for students. While the first semester can be extremely difficult, with students being away from their families and friends for the first time, things become easier with perseverance. Students first need to get out of their comfort zones and invest in the hilarious, wonderful people who make up the Samford population.

That being said, the people make the experience worthwhile, and there are always opportunities to meet new people, whether it's free concerts on the quad, chilling next to the fountain in Ben Brown Plaza, renting the Vail movie room for "Glee" nights, Step Sing, or worshiping at RUF (Reformed University Fellowship). These are just some of the many things students can experience at Samford. Plus, the caring professors instill in students not only knowledge, but wisdom, preparing men and women for the future every time they step into the classroom. The liberal arts aspect prompts many to draw endless comparisons and similarities between different classes, teaching students to see the "big picture." In addition, the various convo speakers shed new light on issues that matter, making students take on new points of view about things rarely given a second thought.  

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