Samford University

646 reviews
  1. Birmingham, AL
  2. 4 Year
A-
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    C
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    B+
Samford University is ...
Private not-for-profit, Baptist
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conference
Southern Conference
Address
800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, AL 35229

Samford University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
60%
SAT Range
1010-1235
ACT Range
23-29
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required

Cost

Net Price
$27,306/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $19,621/ year
  • $30-48k
    $24,771/ year
  • $49-75k
    $26,558/ year
  • $76-110k
    $28,610/ year
  • $110k+
    $29,641/ year

Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
12:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
94%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.51 responses
68%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.50 responses
62%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.50 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,915Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
3%
Pell Grant
14%
Varsity Athletes
11%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 26 responses
Report
  • Passionate
    27%
  • Dedicated
    23%
  • Friendly
    23%
  • Focused
    12%
  • Sleep-deprived
    12%
  • Boring and Weird
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
86%
Poll
62%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.52 responses
Poll
56%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.66 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 29 responses
Report
  • Community
    52%
  • Small
    24%
  • Family
    10%
  • Encouraging
    7%
  • Bad
    3%
  • Laid-back
    3%

After Samford University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$45,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
66%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
94%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.34 responses

Reviews

646 reviews
  • Excellent
    135
  • Very Good
    262
  • Average
    193
  • Poor
    39
  • Terrible
    17
I am Greek, so I'm a little biased, but I love Greek Life! We have a really good Greek Life Office and lots of programs and activities. There are now 6 sororities and 5 fraternities, everyone has a house except for one newer fraternity and the new sorority. The greek housing is pretty nice, it's not on the state school level, but it's nicer than most of the other dorms on campus. From my experience, being Greek doesn't mean that I am only friends with my sorority sisters, yes I spend a lot of time with them and I love them, but my "friend group" has only two other greeks in it, the rest are independents. Being Greek at Samford doesn't define you, you are given the choice to make it what you want to.
  • College Sophomore
  • 5 months ago
I do not enjoy it. It is too small, the housing is absolutely awful. Tuition should go more towards improving residence halls, instead of the landscape and outward appearance of the school. Half of the time, there is no hot water that works. I have not enjoyed my freshman year at all. The teachers here are excellent, and the classes are challenging and prepare you for your area of study. However, the campus is dead on the weekends. There is nothing to do. If you are someone who loves to have a good time, do not come here!
  • College Freshman
  • 9 months ago
Samford has really good athletics programs and lots of student organizations work really hard to support them. We definitely aren't a state school, but I feel like our facilities and programs fit us. Intramurals are really big and popular, almost everyone plays on a team!
  • College Sophomore
  • 5 months ago