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Reviews 502 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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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.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Birmingham is a very cool place to live in. There is always something going on.

4 College Freshman

Weather: The weather can change extremely quickly here but I love how warm it is most of the time.

3 College Freshman

Majors: The people here want to help you get into the program that is right for you.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I love being a music major. It's hard work but it's worth it.

2 College Freshman

Diversity: Campus really isn't very diverse.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Birmingham has some pretty cool restaurants.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: They are fairly strict about attendance but it's not to bad.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never felt threatened on campus.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is really big on campus. They'll tell you that it's ok if it's not your thing and you want to stay independent but then people will start to treat you different. The majority of people on campus are Greek.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Some of the dorms aren't the best but you just have to search for the right one for you.

2 College Freshman

Transportation: You can walk to everything on campus but if you want to get off campus you are going to have to find a ride.

4 College Freshman

Computers: The computers on campus are great! They are all Macs and I have never had to wait for one. I however, love having my own computer so that I don't have to go to the computer lab every time I need to look something up or print. We have wireless internet all over campus but it's not the best. It's somewhat slow, especially when a lot of people are on it.

2 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There are few real attractions near by and they all very expensive.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Samford is located near Birmingham, AL so there are a good amount of food options near by.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: Samford is in Alabama, resulting in the weather being rather warm most of the year. The winters are more mild which is nice, but during the summer, fall, and spring it is extremely humid outside.

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: I played on the basketball team last year and it was pathetic how little people cared. No one takes pride in the athletic teams on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Due to Samford being a smaller school, class sizes are smaller and the student-teacher interaction is better.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Workload can be overwhelming at times, however, professors are usually available to talk too.

1 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I feel like I am in elementary school all over again. Its like I am being babysat 24/7.

2 College Sophomore

Facilities: The social scene is horrendous. Samford is known as being a bubble campus and this is very true. Most of the kids come from the same background and have the same interest. If you do not share these same interests then you feel left out.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Facilities are all fairly new. The athletic centers should increase its variety of machines and activities available.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It is a small campus and as a result of this classes are fairly close to all campus housing. The campus PD is very strict and go out of their way to try and catch students doing something against the rules.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Having your own computer is pretty much a necessity. All the labs are in the library and are usually pretty full.


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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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