Athletics

Location
Birmingham, AL
Undergrads
2,769
Tuition
$25,528
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The football team is really doing a great job this year and hopefully will do much better next year.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: My university is a division one school, so our sports are very competitive. Samford students LOVE football and basketball season as well as watching the rare home track meets. The intramural teams are very diverse because different groups compete such as fraternities, sororities, university ministries, freshmen, sophomores. juniors, seniors, club organizations, and groups of friends.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: We have a lot of really talented athletes in a lot of different sports, and it shows when we consistently field very competitive teams in our conference. As an athlete myself, I was attracted to the school because of their excellent facilities and competitive Division 1 teams. However, student support is less-than-spectacular. It's disappointing, but understandable since I know a lot of people have a hometown team or big state school to support. What I would like to see more of is other students acknowledging that just because we're not athletes at an SEC school, we're still Division 1 athletes who compete and perform at a very high level.

3 College Junior

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

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Samford baseball team is good

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 455th
    Best Intramural Sports
  • 985th
    Most Active Varsity Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Joanna Reynolds
Hometown
Maryville, TN
Major
English
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Sporting events at Samford are fun to watch, but, unfortunately, not very popular among students. Most fans enjoy football games the most and quickly fill up the student section at home games. A huge advantage Samford has over other colleges is its free sporting event admittance for Samford students, encouraging campus to gain more team spirit through frequent attendance. The official Bulldog Fight Song, played every time Samford scores a touchdown or field goal, is a fantastic example of team spirit in the stands. One cannot mention Samford football without giving a shout-out to the extremely talented and entertaining marching band, cheerleaders, dance team, and color guard (whose members twirl flags). The marching band's theme this year was Aerosmith, so all of their half-time songs were well known. The energetic cheerleaders and dance team choreograph very impressive steps to go along with many musical interludes, and the color guard also does a great job with its complicated routines.  

Besides football, there are excellent basketball, baseball, track, tennis, golf, soccer, softball, lacrosse, and volleyball teams. This provides entertainment for the true sports fans every season of the year. Tickets for each sport are fairly cheap for non-students compared to state schools, enabling families of students to come out and watch without it being too expensive.  

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conferences
Football: Southern Conference
Basketball: Southern Conference
School Colors
Red and blue
School Nickname
Bulldogs
Men Playing Varsity Sports
223 - 22%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
124 - 7%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 73
Basketball: 26
Baseball: 31
Cross Country/Track: 33
Other Sports: 88
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 58%
Basketball: 89%
Baseball: 71%
Cross Country/Track: 71%
Other Sports: 78%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Outdoor adventures
  • Soccer (men's)
  • Swing Kids
  • Ultimate Frisbee
Intramurals
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Kickball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Bulldog Soccer Field, across Lakeshore Drive from the main campus
  • Bulldog Softball Field
  • Cooney Family Field House
  • Joe Lee Griffin Stadium
  • Pat M. Courington Tennis Pavilion
  • Pete Hanna Center
  • Seibert Hall
  • Seibert Stadium
Most Popular Sports
Football, basketball, baseball
Most Overlooked Teams
Track, soccer
School Spirit
A new organization called the "Red Sea" enables extremely dedicated fans to have better seats and receive discounts at certain restaurants. Members are easily recognized due to their contagious energy and official Red Sea T-shirts. It only costs $10 to join, and students say it's well worth the price.
Getting Tickets
The easiest way to buy tickets is right at the box office on game day. Fortunately, admission is free for Samford students.
Best Place to Take a Walk
A scenic path for bicyclists and pedestrians lies right across the street from Samford. A peaceful creek runs along the jogging trail, and students can easily walk to the nearby mall in one direction, or simply enjoy nature on or off the trail.

Behind the science building is a quaint neighborhood where many walkers and joggers enjoy visiting. A small park nestled in said neighborhood provides an excellent destination spot for students. Also, this route connects to Birmingham's Mountain Brook where Soho Sweets, a favorite candy store, and other restaurants and shops are located.

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 37 responses

  • 0% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 27% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 68% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 5% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 38 responses

  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 34% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 26% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 39% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 38 responses

  • 5% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 63% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 32% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

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