Health & Safety

Birmingham, AL
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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus safety services do a great job keeping up with everything and making sure we are all safe.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: i took a self defense class that campus safety hosted and i thought that was great. i feel that our police do a wonderful job

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Samford is very strict about safety

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The most crime is personal crime and theft. I generally feel safe on campus, however when there are drunk fraternity boys out, I do get nervous.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Several emergency poles on campus. 24 hour security. Campus security monitors who comes on campus after the main gate closes.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 630th
    Safest Campuses
  • 948th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 1249th
    Best Student Health Center

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Joanna Reynolds
Maryville, TN
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Overall, Samford has proven to be a very safe campus. Campus Safety, whose office lies right next to "The Hub" in the University Center, is always on call and quick to respond to dangers of any kind. Some students wisely programmed the Public Safety phone number into their cell phones just in case they are unable to reach a call box.  Samford has two gated entrances, and after 10 p.m., only the one next to the guardhouse remains open. In order to enter campus after this time, one must prove he is a student by showing his Samford ID or having a Samford decal on the left corner of his windshield. Numerous call boxes are scattered across campus, and Campus Safety patrols the streets in its clearly marked vehicle at night. Furthermore, Samford's campus is extremely well lit, giving students peace-of-mind when they are walking back to their dorms at night.

Admittedly, there have been some thefts in cars and occasional snake sightings in Beeson Woods, but otherwise, it is rare to hear about a disturbance that threatens the safety of students. As for health, the student health center, located under Pittman Dormitory, provides excellent care for its students through prescribing medication and offering counseling to students who need it. 

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 12
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 1
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Samford University Public Safety & Emergency Management
200 Leslie Wright Center
(205) 726-2020
Safety Services
Campus Safety is always on call and several call boxes are located throughout campus.
Health Center
Student Health Services
800 Lakeshore Dr., Birmingham
(205) 726-2835
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-12 p.m., 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy injections (with written approval from physician)
  • Assessment and treatment for acute illness and injuries
  • First aid
  • Immunizations
  • Laboratory services
  • Preventive health care
  • Tuberculosis testing
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 25 responses

  • 33% None
  • 14% Theft/robberies
  • 10% Criminal activity near campus
  • 10% Unlit pathways
  • 10% Walking alone
  • 5% Dorm safety
  • 5% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 5% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 5% Non-students on campus
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 0% Drugs
  • 0% Excessive drinking
  • 0% Gang violence
  • 0% Violence among students

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 24 responses

  • 4% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 4% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 17% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 29% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 17% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 29% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 24 responses

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 4% Not very visible.
  • 8% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 54% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 33% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 24 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 12% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 33% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 54% Extremely safe and secure on campus.


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