Diversity Profile


Nurturing persons for God, for learning, forever

AT A GLANCE

Samford at a glance
• A favorable student-faculty ratio of 12:1
• 168 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
• #1 ranked university in Alabama by Forbes


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
• NPHC
• 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

Samford is time tested
We’re 176 years old. That’s 176 years of consistency, persistence, and growth. We’ve had the time to create 168 comprehensive undergraduate majors, minors, and concentrations; the time to develop a robust offering of graduate and professional degrees; and the time to refine those offerings into nationally ranked academic programs. 

We’re reputation worthy
Thousands of people have walked our grounds, cheered on our 17 Division I sport teams, joined hands with us in cutting-edge research, and caught sight of new possibilities through our influential alumni. We’ve cultivated a reputation for instilling lifelong excellence that fulfills personal potential and enriches others. That’s a reputation on which you can build.

We’re network strong
Over 50,000 people have graduated from Samford. That’s thousands of people who would love to hear from you after you graduate. Searching for an internship or a job? Find an alumni mentor. Moving to a new city? Join the local alumni group. Ask for introductions and directions to the best coffee in town. Looking to purchase a house/buy insurance/figure out big life decisions? Tap into the strength of Samford’s alumni network.

We’re substantially connected
While you’ll find our alumni making waves in every industry, we’ve also developed dynamic relationships within our community, our city, our country, and across the globe. From establishing the Daniel House, Samford’s London center, to initiating local partnerships with clinics and hospitals for our students in Health Professions, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Public Health, we’ve secured big opportunities for our students these last hundred years, and we’ll continue to do so for the next hundred. 

At Samford, we are rooted in our Christian mission. This permeates the campus—from the President’s office to the faculty, staff, and students. Devoted to our faith, our academic competency, and our social and civic responsibility, Samford is known for holding tightly to these core values. 

You matter. Your peers aren’t asking how you’re doing to be polite. They want to get past the surface to really know each other—they want to know you. Your name is known. The community mentality doesn’t end at the entrance to the classroom. With an average of 19 students per class, professors are able to build relationships with their students and understand specific needs. In fact, our faculty members have open-door policies. Go see your professors any time to chat about class, life, an exam, or a difficult decision. Your growth is valued. That is why 100% of classes at Samford are taught by faculty members. But academic growth is not the only goal. Campus worship and small student groups are available to all who seek a deeper understanding of God’s love, mercy, and grace. You will be covered in prayer. Beginning with the University’s leadership, you will experience a community that cares deeply. You won’t be walking these four years alone.