Samford University

Birmingham, AL

Samford University, founded in 1841, is a private, church-affiliated (Baptist) university. Programs are offered through the schools of arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Its 247-acre campus is located in suburban Birmingham.

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Samford University

Birmingham, AL

A national pillar for educating with strength and purpose since 1841

AT A GLANCE

Samford
by the numbers

#1 nationally ranked university in Alabama, according to the Wall Street Journal (2019)

A favorable student-faculty ratio of 13:1

Average class size of 18

170 undergraduate majors, minors, and concentrations

#4 in the South, according to U.S. News & World Report (2019)



Samford is #1 in Alabama 
We’re over 175 years old. That’s over 175 years of consistency, persistence, and growth. We’ve had time to create 170 undergraduate majors, minors, and concentrations and time to refine those offerings into the #1 nationally ranked university in Alabama, according to the Wall Street Journal (2019).

We’re substantially connected 
Located in the heart of Alabama, Birmingham is home to thriving industries from biomedical research to national financial institutions—offering you incredible opportunities to get hands-on experience through dynamic internships. 

While you’ll find our alumni making waves in every industry, we’ve also developed distinct relationships in our community, our city, our country, and across the globe. From establishing the Daniel House, Samford’s London Study Center, to initiating local partnerships with clinics and hospitals, we’ve secured big opportunitiesfor our students for over 175 years, and we’ll continue to do so for the next hundred. 

Beginning with the University’s leadership, you will experience a community that cares deeply. Professors are able to build relationships with their students and understand their specific needs. Our faculty members teach 100% of our classes and have open-door policies to ensure your success. Samford prepares you for a legacy grounded in Christian mission so you might impact the world for Christ. 

With a campus-wide commitment to serving and learning, your passions have a home here. Discover your place as you experience growth in Bible study, cultivate a legacy of community in Greek life, or step up and lead through student government. With decades-long traditions, you’ll find your home at Samford. Samford’s beauty inspires students from within and empowers them to deliver beauty beyond. Invest your next four years in an education that will prepare you for your success. 

“My professors believed in me before I believed in myself. I entered Samford not knowing what I wanted to do, but I knew I was into writing. My professors took time to invest in me. I remember being told, ‘You’re a good writer, and if you work really hard, you can be an even better writer.’ ”
— Jon Acuff, Class of 1998, The New York Times best-selling author