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Reviews 502 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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College Freshman

Nightlife: There is little nightlife on campus, due to its proximity to downtown Birmingham. Their occasional school hosted events are great.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I came to Samford University as a student at the McWhorter School of Pharmacy. The staff and professors go out of their way to make you feel like you are wanted, and genuinely want to help you succeed. Although I attended undergrad at another university, I know many undergrad professors at Samford, and I can honestly say that the professors at McWhorter are a great representation of all of the professors at Samford as a whole. Samford is very student centric and does a fantastic job of equipping their students for not only their future employment, but for having a well rounded life experience and outlook.

5 College Junior

Majors: Getting the athletic training program is not hard but it's competitive. You have to be focus and on top of your stuff. The application process was pretty much easy, you just have sign a few papers have a couple of documents and write an essay, nothing to hard or abnormal. Have all of your papers and information in order and ready to be reviewed.

5 College Junior

Majors: I am planning on finding an internship because it will help me get job opportunities and more experience with what I want to do career wise. Getting a paid internship is great but internships that does not pay is great too because you are still learning and getting great experience. If you love what you do the money will come regardless.

5 College Junior

Majors: The program I am in is wonderful I love the department and the staff they interact with you and guide you in the right direction towards a better future and life. They give encouraging words and uplift you the best way that they can.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Our football team is good this year, but the student section is not the most exciting at times.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Samford's public safety officers patrol the campus 24-7, maintaining suspicious activity to a minimum. For every dormitory on campus there is a residence assistant that regulates student activity and enforces room checks every once in a while. The University is a dry campus that restricts the use of alcohol, hookas, and drugs. If caught with possession or committing certain acts not abiding by the rules values violations are enforced.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I am attending Samford University, and I have been exquisitely enthralled with my education throughout my attendance. I am a Biology major and in the Pre-Med program. The school offers outstanding professors who lecture with the utmost prestige and guidance. They also assist in promoting research programs developing insight on a specific fields of interest.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Student Discounts Are Great! It's so nice to receive student discounts at restaurants. Although not all restaurants give student discounts, it's fantastic when they do!

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Academics, campus ministries, social life, it's great.

4 College Freshman

Majors: It's a Baptist University. It's a Baptist university, but that doesn't mean that Samford is lacking in Major options. Samford has one of the few Pharmacy schools in 'Bama, and offers a pretty broad spectrum of other majors for a school its size.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It's Good Enough – The rooms aren't huge, but you can't really expect dorm rooms to be very large anyways. The fact that you're no more than a ten minute walk away from any class on campus makes up for it.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Pleasant Folks – The guys on campus are usually pretty including and friendly. Most of the girls are attractive, nice and down to earth. There are exceptions of course, being the party crowd, but they're a pretty small bunch.

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Birmingham Is Pretty Cool! Samford is right on the outskirts of Birmingham and there is always something to do in this city. Being raised in a small town, it was a big transition for me. At first it was a little stressful, but after a while I discovered that Birmingham is a really fun place to live if you know how to avoid rush hour.

4 College Student

Scholarships: It Was Alright – I mean I have nothing bad to say about the office of financial aid. They were very helpful in telling me what I had on my award letter and exactly giving me a little more scholarship money soci would be able to go to school.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: The Caf – Its good to eat, but it does get repetitive, so the student has to get creative. Other than that the food is reall good.

4 College Student

Weather: Its very pretty at Samford Unversity, but being in alabama it gets hot and really humid. Other than that the weather is really great

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Every Experience is Unique – Even though Samford is a small university, it still offers a wide variety of things to be involved in, places to find you niche. And due to the small nature of the student body, you are not limited to one type of involvement (i.e. Greek Life, Athletics, campus ministries, etc.). You are free and able to do whatever interests you, being as involved or uninvolved as you would like.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drugs Are Uncommon – People are not really involved with drugs on campus. That most likely comes from Samford's strick drug and alcohol policy. Alcohol is more common on campus but also must be hidden since its a dry campus. If you get caught with drugs or alcohol there are pretty big repercussions.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: We have a great business school with incredible teachers. The curriculum is challenging but serves to prepare for the real world. I work hard in my classes but I respect my teachers and understand why I am having to do the work assigned therefore it makes my major enjoyable.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Tons of Variety – There are tons of different restaurants ranging from local places to big chain restaurants.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: The Teachers Care About Your Learning – The teachers are all really knowledgable and care about you as a person.

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4 College Junior

Transportation: Good, but Not Much Need on Campus – Because it's a small campus, there's not a huge need for transportation on campus; however, Campus Security is available to escort anyone to his/her dorm if he/she feels unsafe (for free), which is nice. As Samford is in Birmingham, there are many options for long-distance travel--e.g., train, bus, airplane, and of course car.

4 College Junior

Weather: Usually Great, but Sometimes It's Weird – Being in Alabama, we have pretty mild weather. It doesn't snow a lot in the winter (but when it does, the campus is Christmas-card beautiful). It gets pretty hot here in the summer, but it's manageable. Weather around season changes can be incredibly variable--in the fall, one day it might be sunny and warm and the next day it rains and the temperature drops 20 or 30 degrees...it will stay like that for at least a few days, and then it'll usually warm up again.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Amazing Faculty, Challenging Curriculum – My first year at Samford was challenging academically. I really felt like I was learning the material and being well-prepared for future classes in my degree. The curriculum is interesting and provides students with a knowledgable background in literature, Western history, writing, fitness and health, and Biblical history. 80% of the faculty members at Samford have a terminal degree in their field. They are not only extremely knowledgable, but also extremely helpful! Every professor has weekly office hours and might even offer his/her phone number to students in case they need help at an odd time. The small class sizes (20-30 in most cases) ensures that no student falls through the cracks and class discussion greatly adds to a typical lecture. Samford has many nationally ranking academic programs, including law, business, nursing, and education.

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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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