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Diversity Profile

Nurturing persons for God, for learning, forever

For more than 3,000 undergraduate students, Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, represents a bridge between youth and adulthood. Students come to Samford seeking the road to an impactful life, and the University strives continuously to help them travel that road successfully.

Samford offers small classes, personal interaction, and skilled teaching. Its faculty are well prepared with degrees from more than 180 universities and colleges in the United States, France, Germany, England, and Scotland.

The Samford campus is one of striking beauty, with buildings of consistent Georgian Colonial architecture in a wooded valley. Yet Samford’s location—less than six miles from downtown Birmingham—provides all of the advantages of a thriving metro area. Birmingham is Alabama’s cultural, educational, and economic center and is a hotspot for finance and health care. Campus life is lively, with intramurals, concerts, lectures, special-interest groups, fraternities, sororities, 17 NCAA Division I sports, and more.

Founded by Baptists in 1841, Samford is a Christian university where faith is encouraged and students have opportunities to put faith into practice through a variety of service projects and other activities.

Samford is focused on a global future, with its own residential study center in London, England, and programs touching five continents.

Students may choose the semester abroad program based in London or a variety of other locations. Students have access to hundreds of PCs in computer labs around campus, as well as wireless access throughout the campus.

Samford offers many distinctions, including interdisciplinary courses that help students analyze and synthesize the many streams of information that make up a strong education.

Recognition by U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, The Princeton Review, and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance is a clear signal that a Samford education is an exceptional education designed to bring out the best in students as they bridge the gap between high school and adulthood.

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Samford at a glance
• A favorable student-faculty ratio of 12:1
• 166 undergraduate majors, minors, and concentrations
• A dedication to education within the Christian context, as reflected in the University mission to nurture persons “for God, for learning, forever”
• Ranked fourth in the South by U.S. News & World Report
• Ranked #2 nationally for Best Christian Colleges and Universities by College Choice

Samford offers an array of minority organizations and Black Greek Letter Organizations:
• Black Student Union
• International Club
• African Students’ Association
• Latino Student Organization
• R.A.N.S.O.M. College Ministry
• Gospel Choir
• Alpha Kappa Alpha
• Alpha Phi Alpha
• Delta Sigma Theta
• Kappa Alpha Psi
• Delta Xi Phi

Samford offers diverse opportunities
Samford University offers degree programs in 10 colleges and schools, an unusually wide variety of opportunities for a private university with 5,471 students enrolled.

Schools of the University include:
• Arts
• Arts and Sciences
• Business
• Divinity
• Education
• Health Professions
• Law
• Nursing
• Pharmacy
• Public Health

“Through the positions I have been in and the experiences I have had, I have gained the ability to lead my peers as well as be a mentor to incoming students. Samford has given me a well-rounded education, and when I leave this place, I am comforted knowing my degree will be respected and that I have been fully prepared to succeed wherever life takes me.”
— Jalen Spraggins