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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I attended the football games and those were really fun. All our athletes are really good and our teams are too. Since each frat and sorority get paired with a athletic team the games have a pretty high attendance and fan support.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: All facilities are easy to access and clean. There are multiple places to work out so you don't feel crowded either. Football is the most popular sport, but baseball is pretty popular too.

3 College Junior

Athletics: The athletic department isn't widely known around campus unless you are an athlete.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: It's nowhere near the level of state schools, which is to be expected for a school of Samford's size.

4 College Senior

Athletics: I do not know much about the athletics side of Samford University.


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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
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conferences
Football: Southern Conference
Basketball: Southern Conference
School Colors
Red and blue
School Nickname
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
  • 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 popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 65 responses

  • 3% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 37% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 55% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 5% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 65 responses

  • 43% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 23% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 34% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 63 responses

  • 8% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 62% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 30% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 0% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.



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