Resources › For Students and Parents Samford University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics Share Flipboard Email Print Beeson Divinity School at Samford University. Sweetmoose6 / Wikimedia Commons For Students and Parents College Admissions College Profiles College Admissions Process College Rankings Choosing A College Application Tips Essay Samples & Tips Testing Graphs College Financial Aid Extracurricular Activities Advanced Placement Homework Help Private School Test Prep College Life Graduate School Business School Law School Distance Learning View More by Allen Grove Dr. Allen Grove is an Alfred University English professor and a college admissions expert with 20 years of experience helping students transition to college. Updated November 22, 2019 Samford University is a private Christian university with an acceptance rate of 82%. Established in 1841 and located in Birmingham, Samford is the largest private university in Alabama. Samford offers 177 undergraduate majors, minors, and concentrations. Popular majors include nursing and business administration. The university has a 13-to-1 student / faculty ratio, and an average class size of 18. On the athletic front, the Samford University Bulldogs compete in the NCAA Division I Southern Conference. Considering applying to Samford University? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students. Acceptance Rate During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Samford University had an acceptance rate of 82%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 82 students were admitted, making Samford's admissions process somewhat competitive. Admissions Statistics (2017-18) Number of Applicants 3,884 Percent Admitted 82% Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 30% SAT Scores and Requirements Samford requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 34% of admitted students submitted SAT scores. SAT Range (Admitted Students) Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile ERW 552 650 Math 520 620 ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing This admissions data tells us that most of Samford's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Samford scored between 552 and 650, while 25% scored below 552 and 25% scored above 650. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 520 and 620, while 25% scored below 520 and 25% scored above 620. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1270 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Samford. Requirements Samford University does not require the SAT writing section or SAT Subject tests. Note that Samford participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates. ACT Scores and Requirements Samford University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 86% of admitted students submitted ACT scores. ACT Range (Admitted Students) Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile English 24 32 Math 21 27 Composite 23 29 This admissions data tells us that most of Samford's admitted students fall within the top 31% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Samford received a composite ACT score between 23 and 29, while 25% scored above 29 and 25% scored below 23. Requirements Samford University does not require the ACT writing section. Unlike many universities, Samford superscores ACT results; your highest subscores from multiple ACT sittings will be considered. GPA In 2018, the average GPA for Samford University's incoming freshmen class was 3.8, and over 59% of incoming students had average GPAs of 3.75 and above. These results suggest that most successful applicants to Samford University have primarily A grades. Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph Samford University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex. The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Samford University. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account. Admissions Chances Samford University, which accepts over three-quarters of applicants, has a somewhat competitive admissions pool with above average GPAs and SAT/ACT scores. However, Samford has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond your grades and test scores. A strong application essay and a glowing letter of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades and test scores are outside Samford's average range. In the scattergram above, the blue and green dots represent students who were admitted to Samford University. You can see that the majority of accepted students had high school averages of B+ or higher, ACT composite scores of 21 or higher, and combined SAT scores (ERW+M) of about 1050 or higher. 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