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Reviews 475 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Most of the close housing tends to be in the suburbs that are fairly expensive for students to live in. The majority of students live within the same few complexes.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors really care and get to know their students. They often have students over for dinner at their houses. The workload is really doable, and classes aren't too hard if you attend and pay attention. The downside is that there aren't quirky classes to take like at some big schools, they're pretty mainstream.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: Seeing minorities around campus is rare, and those that are tend to stick within groups of similar backgrounds. Pretty much everyone comes from the same background though. Not very open to new ideas.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Birmingham is not the kind of city I enjoy exploring. The majority of fun things to do are in the suburbs around it. There are other schools, so college students are pretty much everywhere, but the community doesn't really do much for them. There are a couple of cultural events, but don't plan on having something every weekend.

2 College Sophomore

Transportation: You have to have your own car, no public transportation or many sidewalks. Very hard to walk anywhere.

3 College Junior

Weather: I had almost a week and a half of classes cancelled this past semester due to snow and dangerous driving conditions.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Large city. Several hole in the wall places you can find that are great.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Campus requires students under 21 to live on campus unless they get special permission otherwise.

3 College Junior

Transportation: When I go home I use half a tank of gas. So if you plan on going home often it can be expensive and time consuming.

3 College Junior

Majors: Very time consuming major. Hope to take a year off and save up for med school.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Great school spirit. Great tailgating for students and family

3 College Junior

Scholarships: They will do what they can for those who cannot afford it. However it is a private institution so most of the students come from wealthy families anyway.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek not as acceptable as nongreek students.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Several fraternity and sorority opportunities but non Greek are not seen as equals to those in Greek life.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Several emergency poles on campus. 24 hour security. Campus security monitors who comes on campus after the main gate closes.

4 College Junior

Computers: Computer labs in all class buildings. Several labs in library. 5,000 prints per semester!! Totally worth it!

4 College Junior

Weather: Usually not a problem, unless they get ice/snow. Then slippery hills if campus not closed.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on this beautiful campus

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Tons of apt complexes minutes away in nice park like settings

4 College Junior

Greek Life: Everyone is an individual and everyone if ok with that

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: helps the safety of students

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: some nice resaurants nearby and within 30 min around Birmingham

5 College Junior

Academics: Multi-delivery class or face to face, synchronous online, and asynchronous online. Awesome teacher!

College Junior

Nightlife: I am an older graduate student and do not live on or near campus, nor do I have any interest in nightlife in Birmingham.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Make sure you follow the directions they give you and if you have any questions don't wait, call them.


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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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