Samford University

Birmingham, AL

Samford University

Birmingham, AL

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A national pillar for educating with strength and purpose since 1841

Samford University is a premier, nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. We champion a liberal arts education and are committed to providing a well-rounded educational experience. With more than 5,600 students from 47 states and 28 countries and a global network of over 52,000 alumni, Samford is the #1 most recommended university in the nation, according to the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings 2020.

The University offers more than 180 majors, minors, and concentrations and is committed to providing an excellent education that prepares students to make a positive impact on the world. Whether your dream is to inspire others with your words, crunch numbers in the boardroom, or lead people in the hope you share, Samford is committed to fostering your aspirations and helping you reach your goals. We’re here to equip you with the skills you need for the excellence we know you’re capable of achieving.

Located in the quaint suburban community of Homewood, Alabama, Samford’s close access to downtown Birmingham gives students an energetic urban hub filled with more than one million residents, 1,300 churches, and hundreds of restaurants. Here, students find opportunities to pursue their individual passions and learn along the way. From landing your dream internship to tubing down the Cahaba River with your best friends, your college years will be full of moments that will shape the person you’re meant to become.

We know that the college experience is about more than the memorization of facts and figures—that’s why we seek connection in all that we do. Our 166 student organizations aren’t just a statistic we put on a page to impress you. These clubs, intramural teams, and honors programs are your opportunity to become known and develop friendships that will prepare you for the future.



#1 university in Alabama (The Wall Street Journal, 2019)


#1 most recommended university in the nation (The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education, 2020)


#1 in Alabama for “Best Value” and Teaching (U.S. News & World Report, 2019)


#3 nationally for student engagement (The Wall Street Journal, 2020)


98% of students employed or pursuing further education within six months of graduation (2016–2019)

8 Academic Schools
• Brock School of Business 
• Howard College of Arts and Sciences
• Ida Moffett School of Nursing
• McWhorter School of Pharmacy
• Orlean Beeson School of Education
• School of the Arts
• School of Health Professions
• School of Public Health 

Fast-Track Programs
• 3+3 Law (Juris Doctor and selected bachelor’s degree)
• 2+4 Pharmacy (Doctor of Pharmacy and BS in Pharmacy Studies)
• Doctor of Physical Therapy and BS in Exercise Science
• Master of Healthcare Administration (BS/MHCA)
• Master of Public Health and selected bachelor’s degree (BA, BS)
• Master of Social Work and selected bachelor’s degree (Foods & Nutrition, Global & Cultural Studies, Health Sciences, Human Development & Family Science, Psychology, Public Health, Religion, or Sociology)
• Professional Accountancy (BSBA in Accounting/MAcc)

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “Samford gave me the confidence to know that I may not have all the answers, but I can get them, and with that mindset, I can learn to do anything.”

    • Whitney O’Steen-Loehr
      Producer and Creative Director, Loehr Productions
  • “I left Samford with more than an education. I left with wisdom. Character can get you in doors that your achievements never will.”

    • Jeremy Towns, MD
      Emergency Medicine Resident, Former NFL Player
  • “I graduated in May and began working for an NFL team the next week. I couldn’t have done that without the real-world training of my Samford practicum and the inspiration of my professors.”

    • Aspen Odom
      Public Relations Assistant, Denver Broncos
  • “My professors at Samford believed in me before I believed in myself.”

    • Jon Acuff
      New York Times Bestselling Author