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Reviews 502 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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2 College Freshman

Scholarships: More money is always needed but they helped where they could.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Im sure there is off campus housing but noone really needs it.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: There is a diversity if you look for it, but people can very easily be categorized.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: There is always something to do in Birmingham! There is great food and shopping offered throughout the city. Also, there are big concerts all the time. You can always find something fun to do here.

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4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Birmingham is a great city with many things to do nearby. There are many great restaurants, and the BJCC holds many concerts and other big events. They have a new baseball stadium where the Birmingham Barons play. There's also two great malls nearby so there are plenty of shopping options. All in all, you will never get bored in Birmingham!

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: All the traditional dorms are a little on the small side, but they aren't bad. Location is everything, and Pittman is prime real estate. The Greek housing is sub-par most other universities. New student apartments were just completed and they're quite nice but really pricey. I've had no problem getting the exact rooms I want though. Sadly, the university keeps letting more people in than it can house so some areas are quite cramped (i.e. 3 people living in 2-person rooms). Free laundry is great though and slightly makes up for the mandatory meal plan. The Caf isn't the worst, just your typical cafeteria.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Birmingham is the newest foodie town. You can find absolutely anything you could ever crave here and you don't have to break the bank! Most places do student discounts due to the high population of college kids. You can't walk from campus to anything but the drive is never too long. Homewood is great, and super cheap, and the same goes for Five Points. If you're looking for something on the fancy side, try Mountain Brook or downtown.

1 College Junior

Nightlife: Most of the "nightlife" in the area is strictly for those 21 and up. There are a few 18 and older clubs, but they're sketchy at best. The most a freshmen or sophomore can get are the occasional house parties, but be warned. Also, the campus likes to judge those who go out, which is awful. Most of my friends have to go to events at other colleges in the area to have fun.

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2 College Junior

Scholarships: At first, your scholarship seems great, but they don't tell you that tuition will go up a good amount each year and your scholarship won't change. You won't even get the equal percentage of the new tuition. I thought I could afford Samford all four years, but now, as I approach the "real" world, I find myself taking out more and more loans. Also, the department I'm in seems really strapped for money and only gave our $1500 in scholarships last year.

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4 College Junior

Weather: There have been some nasty storms in recent history in Birmingham and at times, the administration gets a little overly concerned. Classes often get canceled. Other than than, seldom snows and its usually hot, though my freshman year it rained a lot.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Many Opportunities – If you don't live on campus, it's no big deal! From even before you start classes, there are signs and fliers all over campus informing commuting students of apartments for rent or host families. And the apartment prices are economic and reflective of a poor college student's budget.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: I received a lot of financial aid from Samford initially. However, after the first semester, I received even more because of my need and because they had enough to award me.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Samford's population is mostly composed of white students from Christian homes and families. But there is a large international student population and many students from other ethnicities. Samford's admissions office is working hard to draw in students from different backgrounds. Students on campus are very accepting and loving towards all other students. I have experienced hardly any prejudice. Because most students desire to share the love of Christ, they are able to look past appearances and see the beautiful soul in others. Students who are not Christian, or even religious at all, are certainly not alienated. Most students are conservative. Almost all of my friends are on some kind of scholarship. While many students do come from middle class or upper-middle class families, there is a wide economic range.

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2 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The caf is only good when parents are here. I exist on cereal. I wish they would have more pasta and rice. Perhaps some fresh vegetables to put on the pasta and rice.

3 College Senior

Facilities: The facilities on campus are vastly improving. The housing department has done major improvements to make living on campus even better.

3 College Senior

Athletics: Sports are up and coming at Samford. The improvements the school is doing is making sports events more popular on campus.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: I received my aide but had to keep on top of it. However, it was be more helpful if hey gave you options other than a loan or told you about scholarships that were available. If you want help with that do not look there.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: As a law student, Greek life does not apply to me. I was a member of a fraternity in my undergraduate years, but cannot speak as to the greek life of Samford

4 College Sophomore

Computers: I am a little unaware as to the computer situation on campus, as I am a law student. I own my own laptop, and law students have their own library, but I have many friends who attend/ed Samford and I never once heard them complain about computer issues.

4 College Sophomore

Parking: I so far have found the parking at the university to be quite easy and stress free.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: Having just begun at Samford University I am unsure as to how to grade this criteria. I know that Samford, as all colleges and universities, promise to not withhold admission of a student based on race, religion, sex, etc...

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I received a decent scholarship, but I personally feel for my academic achievement in college that it could have been better. Law school is very expensive and every available option helps.

4 College Senior

Academics: I absolutely love the professors and the curriculum that is taught in the school of nursing. It is so helpful to have encouraging professionals assist me as I learn to become a RN. The registration process could not be easier and the advisors really work with you to make sure that it is as painless as possible.

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3 College Senior

Campus Dining: Coming from someone who has food allergies, clearly the campus dining is not ideal for me. Finding gluten free options is difficult and making sure nothing is cooked with peanuts or peanut oil is also crucial because I am highly allergic to peanuts. So, I ate a lot of salads in the dining room, and used my flex dollars to get gluten free chips and other things that I could eat that were not available in the dining halls.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Living on campus is much easier than living off campus, however, it is not common after Freshman year. I did not like living on campus because of all the rules and regulations etc. I do enjoy living with roommates in townhouses and apartments, however, at times, it would be nice to just be on campus because you are so close to everything and you don't have to worry about parking etc. The dining hall is always a good place to hangout when living on campus and where most of my friends and I would get to see each other throughout our crazy days.

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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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