Samford University Admissions Facts

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

Beeson Divinity School at Samford University
Beeson Divinity School at Samford University. Sweetmoose6 / Wikimedia Commons

With a high acceptance rate of over 90 percent, Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama may appear to be accessible to almost all of those who apply each year. That said, students who are admitted tend to have grades and standardized test scores at or above average. Along with an application and test scores, interested students will need to submit letters of recommendation and a personal essay. You can calculate your chances of getting in with this free tool from Cappex.

Admissions Data (2016)

Samford University Description

Samford University is the largest private university in Alabama. Located in Birmingham, Stamford has students from 47 states and 16 countries. The university was founded by Baptists and 1841 and maintains its identity as a Christian university. Undergraduates can choose from 138 majors; nursing and business administration are the most popular. The university has a 12 to 1 student/faculty ratio, and despite the university's master's and doctoral programs, no classes are taught by graduate assistants. Samford's tuition and fees are less than many comparable private institutions, and the school often ranks highly among "best value" colleges. On the athletic front, the Samford University Bulldog's compete in the NCAA Division I Southern Conference.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 5,471 (3,341 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 35 percent male / 65 percent female
  • 96 percent full-time

Costs (2016-17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $29,402
  • Books: $1,000 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $9,830
  • Other Expenses: $4,664
  • Total Cost: $44,896

Samford University Financial Aid (2015 -16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 97 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 96 percent
    • Loans: 35 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $14,122
    • Loans: $8,953

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Accounting, Biology, Business Administration, Family Studies, History, Journalism, Nursing, Psychology, Teacher Education

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 89 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 59 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 73 percent

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Golf, Football, Basketball, Baseball, Cross Country, Track and Field, Tennis
  • Women's Sports: Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball, Basketball, Golf, Cross Country

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Data Source: National Center for Educational Statistics