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Location
Birmingham, AL
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2,769
Tuition
$25,528
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4 College Junior

Academics: As with any school, some instructors are great and some aren't so much. In the Evening College program, I have been very please with the workload given by the instructors. It seems that they really have an excellent grasp on the lack of time adults students have and they focus on the necessary information.

5 College Junior

Academics: i am in the nursing program. it is extremely difficult and rigorous, but they are preparing us better than any other students in the state in my opinion. our program has many hands-on experiences that other schools don't have.

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.

5 College Junior

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

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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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 172nd
    Most Caring Professors
  • 226th
    Most Available Classes
  • 335th
    Best Academic Advisers
  • 385th
    Most Flexible Curriculums
  • 520th
    Professors Most Interested in Classes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Joanna Reynolds
Hometown
Maryville, TN
Major
English
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Classes at Samford are challenging, but certainly not impossible. Much information is covered each class period, so taking notes is definitely a necessity. Memorization is not the goal of professors, though; understanding the material is. This prompts many teachers to provide relevant and sometimes hilarious examples of the ideas they want to get across. Also, a lot of times students are assigned homework that encourages them to relate subject matter to real life experiences through reading novels or even watching YouTube videos.  

The professors obviously have a passion for what they teach, making lectures more interesting for students who desire to learn. All professors are required to have office hours in which students can visit them for extra help, and most are happy to meet with students outside of the classroom. They genuinely care about the academic progress and lives of their students, and smaller class sizes certainly help with this truth. E-mail correspondence ensures that everyone is on the same page with interpreting the syllabi due dates, and simply completing assignments on time and participating in class discussions usually help one's GPA. Furthermore, departments such as math offer free tutoring during certain hours of the day. Many students find that meeting once a week or at least before exams to study and compare notes prepares them for tests much better than studying alone does. Thanks to the endless number of possible study areas, there is rarely, if ever, a problem in finding a quiet place to get together.  

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
11:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
307
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
171
Total FT Faculty
307
Faculty with Terminal Degree
95%
Average Faculty Salary
$73,251
Full-Time Retention Rate
87%
Part-Time Retention Rate
100%
Graduation Rate
71%
Programs/Majors Offered
77
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 65%
  • 20 to 49 students: 33%
  • 50 or more students: 2%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: Yes
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: Yes
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Beeson Divinity School
  • Brock School of Business
  • Howard College of Arts & Sciences
  • Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
  • Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education & Professional Studies
  • School of the Arts
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 3%
  • Law: 7%
  • Pharmacy Studies: 5%
  • Registered Nursing (RN): 4%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English
  • Foreign languages
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cooperative education program
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Liberal arts/career combination
  • Weekend college
Online Courses
Samford After Sundown has a wide range of interactive professional development and personal enrichment courses, taught by instructors and available entirely online.
Best Places to Study
  • Harry's Coffeehouse
  • "The Quad" (grassy area located near the library within sight of most academic buildings on campus)
  • Empty classrooms which remain unlocked during daytime hours
  • Library and study rooms
Tips to Succeed
  • Call home at least once a week because your family misses you.
  • Don't expect Samford to entertain you. It can host activities, but you have to make the decision to participate and/or make your own fun. College is what you make it.
  • Going home too often makes you miss fun things going on on the weekends, and those are usually the times friendships are deepened the most.
  • Invest in friendships by being available to hang out for at least two hours each day. Studying too much can make you a depressed hermit.
  • Take thorough notes in class and review them more often than just during exam week.
Did You Know?
  • Samford University provides many opportunities for convocation credit or simply "convo credit." In order to graduate, one must obtain 60 convo credits (30 for the busy pharmacy majors who only have two years of undergraduate study) from four different categories. By attending certain events, participating in some organizations, listening to lectures outside of classes, and showing up for chapel, students can easily complete this goal for a more well-rounded college experience.
  • In Brooks Hall, the English Department has a wonderful, free, life-saving service called the CRC (Communications Resource Center) where students can take their papers and get feedback on how to improve them. If the student adds his name, class, and professor to the sign-in sheet, CRC members will notify the professor that the student sought additional help, and professors usually appreciate this very much.

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