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Location
Birmingham, AL
Undergrads
2,769
Tuition
$25,528
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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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.

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: Samford has a beautiful campus, which well kept facilities. The buildings are architecturally magnificent as well as well build and useful. The campus is buzzing with people on a beautiful day, and the quad always has people out enjoying the green grass. Campus life is always a pleasant atmosphere.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Samford is the largest Christian University in Alabama. We have many graduate degrees and well established bachelors degrees. Samford also has an honors program that provides a great additional learning opportunity for students interested in a more challenging academic route. All classes are taught by professors, not graduate assistants. This being so the classes are very personal and the student to teacher ratio is very low.

5 College Freshman

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

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 479th
    Best Performance Venues
  • 674th
    Best Library
  • 829th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 1141st
    Best Student Centers
  • 1174th
    Greenest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Joanna Reynolds
Hometown
Maryville, TN
Major
English
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Samford provides several fun places for students to relax. O'Henry's Coffeehouse and Harry's, which are right beside each other in the University Center, are especially popular places for friends to hang out and do homework. The library is nice and quiet, with plenty of tables and study carrels, enabling students to study with friends or in private. The science center is especially impressive because it features a planetarium and a conservatory. It is possibly one of the cleanest and nicest buildings on campus.

In terms of athletics, the Pete Hanna Center, where volleyball and basketball games are played, has a very nice workout facility for students and faculty. The ellipticals and treadmills have little televisions attached to them, so students have something to do while strengthening their muscles. There are several other machines from which to choose, and there is also a weight room. In Seibert Gym and Bashinsky Field House, which are connected, there are racquetball courts, an indoor pool, a dance studio, and gyms open to athletes and non-athletes alike. The nursing building is a close second, though. Samford also has very nice tennis courts which are open to students in the mornings, early afternoon, and evenings. The tennis team practices from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays. Thankfully, for night owls, lights come on when it gets too dark to see the ball.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
46
Campus Size
180 acres
Student Centers
University Center
Campus Library?
Yes
Main Libraries
  • Lucille Stewart Beeson Law Library
  • University Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Ben Brown Plaza
  • Harry's
  • O'Henry's Coffeehouse
  • The Quad
  • The Underground
  • Vail Lobby
Bar on Campus
Samford is a dry campus, but there are several bars scattered throughout Birmingham that aren't far from Samford.
Bowling on Campus
Sadly, there's no bowling alley on campus. However, Vestavia Bowl is only about 15 minutes away, and Residence Life has rented it out before so Samford students could bowl for free.
Coffeehouse on Campus
O'Henry's Coffeehouse is a fun hangout for friends, situated on the first floor of the University Center.
Movie Theater on Campus
There's no official theater on campus, but sometimes movies are played for convo credit or language clubs in the planetarium, which is nice and dark. Also, Vail Hall has a movie room with comfortable, gigantic bean bags, a big screen TV, and surround sound, so people love to rent it out for movie nights with friends. In "The Underground" in Beeson Woods, there's a nice TV with a DVD player, as well.
"Green" Initiatives
Recycle bins can be found all over campus, especially outside in the dorms. Also, there is a hard-working club called Restoring Eden that students can join in order to help Samford stay green.
School Slang
  • The Caf: Samford's one and only cafeteria
  • Convo: Events offering convocation credits that students must collect in order to graduate
  • The Hub: Formerly called "the Fish Bowl," it's the information center located inside the University Center
  • The Pit: J.D. Pittman Hall
  • The Quad: The outdoor area of campus nestled between most academic buildings
  • Quad Rat: Someone who spends more time on the Quad than in his or her room
  • The Underground: Hangout area connected to Rosa Hall, which contains a ping-pong table, pool table, piano, couches, bathroom, and television
Traditions
Lighting of the Way: During the Christmas season, students gather on the Quad to light candles along the sidewalks and sing Christmas carols. Then, President Westmoreland reads a beloved children's book, and the enormous Christmas tree lights up for the first time that year.
Urban Legends
Supposedly, a hobo lives in Vail Hall attic.
Favorite Things To Do
Play Frisbee on the Quad, chill next to the fountain in Ben Brown Plaza, go walking or bike riding at the park across the street, watch movies in Vail Movie Room, go skating at Skates 280, play ping-pong in Vail or The Underground, play tennis at the tennis courts, go swimming in Seibert Gym, play racquetball in Bashinsky Field House, go out to eat with friends, relax in the greenhouse (aka conservatory), go to RUF (Reformed University Fellowship) on Monday nights...
Student Newspaper
The Samford Crimson
www.samfordcrimson.com
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
It is extremely easy to get involved in an organization on campus. At the beginning of each semester, representatives of each club set up boards with information about what they do. Some popular organizations include Army ROTC, language clubs, SGA (Student Government Association), Helping Hands (sign language), and Active Minds. Active Minds is a depression-awareness group especially active during exam week, providing balloons, massages, and other stress-relievers to calm students' nerves.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organizations
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
ROTC
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 19 responses

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  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 29 responses

  • 0% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 17% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 55% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 28% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 23 responses

  • 13% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 4% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 48% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 35% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

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