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Reviews 502 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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College Freshman

Transportation: I don't know much about the off-campus transportation. I do know the city of Birmingham is large enough to have a thriving bus transit system and several taxi services.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Birmingham is a very large city made up of several large areas. At any given time there is a multitude of restaurants to choose from.

5 College Freshman

Parking: Freshmen at Samford have the privilege of a parking garage right behind the freshman dorms. It's great, It is so convenient, especially when it's raining or hot.

College Freshman

Nightlife: Students who value their status as Samford students do not participate in the Birmingham club scene.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Birmingham is a great city, the Homewood area specifically is marvelous. It is so scenic and beautiful. There is always something happening, whether it be plays or concerts. There's parks, shopping, theater, churches that hold pancake study breaks during finals. The city is very accommodating to it's many college students. The biggest problem in the city is the high crime rate, but most students know not to go out too late at night.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The Caf is Samford's only dining hall. Sometimes it is great, and sometimes it is not. Usually on the weekends the staff puts very little effort into the food, and it reflects. You are given a substantial amount of bulldog bucks for the food court downstairs,

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The cost of living at Samford is very expensive. I live in Vail which is typical dorm style with community bathrooms. There are great friendships formed from living so close with each other, but there are also downsides. I get along great with the people on my hall, and we are all very clean people. I know others are not so lucky though. The walls are hallow, which means you hear almost everything. The water pressure also frequently goes out. I think your experience in Vail is dependent on who you have on your hall and are sharing it with.

5 College Freshman

Weather: The weather at Samford is usually beautiful. It rains very few days out of the semester, but when it does rain, it rains hard. It is always breezy, sun or rain.

College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The students at my school are predominately white. As mentioned before, they are all very accepting and friendly. Many students will go out of their way to help you or make sure you have what you need without even knowing. The definitely exemplify the Christian background of the university.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The majors under each department are assigned an adviser to help them choose classes and discuss class progress with. Many extra credit opportunities in major classes are geared toward helping you gain experience in your major. Students with a pre-medicine concentration, such as myself, are given many opportunities to hear advice from some of the top medical professionals in the Birmingham area.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: The academics at Samford are more experienced based as opposed to textbook based. The professors want students to understand the material and be able to apply. They focus more on that than on learning terms.

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5 College Freshman

Computers: Samford has Apple desktop computers throughout campus. Each building has at least one computer lab. The can choose to operate the computer with either Windows or Mac OS X. Each operating system has the full editions of the Microsoft Office packages. The printing quota is very generous, and it is almost impossible to run out.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: The student body at Samford is extremely accepting of all ethnic backgrounds, political views, and religions. Professors in classes, such as, Cultural Perspectives even encourage students to think of situations through the eyes of a different group of people. The student body is accepting, but everyone at Samford seems to come from the same economic status, religious background, and political party.

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5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Many job and intern opportunity. Lots of interaction with other local colleges

4 College Freshman

Athletics: School spirit is high and that is expressed at sporting events

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College Freshman

Academics: I havent started taking classes for my specific major yet

3 College Freshman

Academics: What is offered, is good, but not everything is offered

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Campus is beautiful, all the time. Its probably the biggest asset.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Campus is absolutely beautiful. Step sing is one of the largest events that draws in thousands

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Its a dry campus, but if someone really wants it, they can find it

College Freshman

Transportation: The campus is too close together that you dont need anything but your legs to walk

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: You will get out of it what you put into it. If thats what you want then its great

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Buildings are kept up with nicely but the dorm rooms are very tiny

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: You can tell it is a private school and for some people thats good but im not used to nor do I like that "snooby" feel

4 College Freshman

Weather: Its just like good ole southern weather. Exactly what you can expect.


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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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