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Samford University
Birmingham, AL
Samford, founded in 1841, is a private, church-affiliated university. Programs are offered through the Howard College of Arts and Sciences, the Schools of Business, Divinity, Education, Law, Music, Nursing, and Pharmacy. Its 180-acre campus, of Georgian Colonial architectural style, is located in Birmingham.
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Institution Type Private
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 3,341
   Women 2,181 (65.3%)
   Men 1,160 (34.7%)
Graduate Students 2,130
Entrance Difficulty Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate 91% of 3,446 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered No
Early Decision Offered No
Regular Admission Deadline Rolling
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.64
SAT Math 558 average
500-618 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 570 average
520-620 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 26 average
23-29 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests X      
Essay X      
Extracurricular Activities   X    
Cost of Attendance $44,896
  Tuition and Fees $29,402
  Room and Board $9,830
Average Percent of Need Met 72%
Average Freshman Award $18,690
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System 4-1-4
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 333
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 25% of classes
10-19 students: 37% of classes
20-29 students: 25% of classes
30-39 students: 9% of classes
40-49 students: 3% of classes
50-99 students: 1% of classes
Birmingham Population 212,413
Nearest Metropolitan Area  
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 96% of freshmen, 72% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division I
Mascot Bulldog
Sororities 57% of women participate
Fraternities 36% of men participate
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
1.2% Asian
7.1% Black/African-American
4.0% Hispanic/Latino
1.8% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
85.0% White
0.7% Unknown
International Students 2.5% from 21 countries
First-Year Students Returning 88.7%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 58.6%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months 50%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly 41.0%