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Reviews 502 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Junior

Athletics: only a few people really get into the sporting events

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: there are several apartment complexes nearby that are affordable and close to campus. unfortunately we cannot move off until we are 21 years old.

4 College Junior

Parking: compared to other schools, we don't have to pay much for a parking pass for the year. i think it's roughly $20. the parking is decent, depending on where you live. if you're on campus it is generally good. the people off campus have to park in commuter parking but it isn't very close to everything. you can get ticketed easily, but the tickets are easy to appeal.

5 College Junior

Drug Safety: drugs are not a prevalent issue at samford. alcohol consumption is prohibited on campus, although people still do it but it is VERY minimal compared to other universities.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: the shopping and dining and coffee shops are superb. there isn't a whole lot for college students to do as far as nightlife is concerned, however. there are many parks and outdoor recreation places.

4 College Junior

Computers: the labs in the library have very nice large screen new Mac computers. the ones in other labs are PC but they are still very good. the labs are accessible and there are usually many available computers, but they have poor hours and aren't open late. the campus network reliability and speed is great and there is wireless access throughout campus. there are a few labs to print at and you can also print in the library, but as i said they have poor hours.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Samford is very strict about safety

3 College Freshman

Computers: Computers are available. Sometimes slow internet connection in dorms

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: I am not in Greek, but I am the minority.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: College students get into drugs and drinking if they really want to, no matter how strict the school it. They mostly do it off-campus though.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of off-campus options. Some pricey, but some reasonable.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: All dorms are small. Samford keeps them up pretty well.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Samford baseball team is good

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: A lot of local places give Samford students discounts.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Birmingham has a lot do. Great food, shopping, nature, culture, and nightlife.

2 College Freshman

Diversity: Most students are white, middle class to wealthy, and Christians.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Samford is growing in numbers, but not parking spaces.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I did not get all of the money I needed, but I did get a scholarship based off of academic merit.

College Junior

Campus Housing: I don't live on campus

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Not too much school spirit, the majority of students would rather be watching Alabama or Auburn. The gyms on campus are really nice though.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: No pay, 24 hours a week, abroad, in my field. I couldn't be happier getting real world experience.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: I had to interview to get into my major school, and it was absolutely miserable. The panel didn't read through my file before and were asking me questions about courses and material that I hadn't done yet.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: Its fairly warm compared to where I'm from, and I really enjoy getting to wear spring clothes longer and study outdoors more. The winters can get cold though.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The most crime is personal crime and theft. I generally feel safe on campus, however when there are drunk fraternity boys out, I do get nervous.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I enjoy living on campus because its right in the middle of everything going on during the semester. The rooms are really nice compared to other college dorm rooms that I've seen. They are a little expensive though.


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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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