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About Samford University

Samford University is a private, religious school in an suburban setting in Birmingham, Alabama. Samford University was founded in 1841 and now enrolls around 5,729 students a year, including 3,576 undergrads.

Samford University offers housing for up to 2,375 students. The majority of students live on-campus.About 0% of students stay on-campus during the weekends..

Samford University's endowment was valued at $287.6 million in 2021. For each full-time student, Samford University spends about $15,372. There are 13.7 undergraduate students for every full-time Samford University professor.

2021 Samford University Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar 4-1-4 (2 long terms separated by a month-long mini-term)
Overall Acceptance Rate 84%
Average GPA 3.8
Mean ACT score 26
Mean SAT score 1150
Tuition $34,410

Samford University Regular Decision Deadline 2022

May 1 is the final deadline to submit an application for Fall. All regular decision applicants should hear back from Samford University by November 1.

Early Admission at Samford University

Samford University does not offer early decision or early action.

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Samford University Acceptance Rate

It is moderately difficult to get into Samford University. In 2021, Samford University accepted 84% of applicants. Last year, 3,867 students applied to Samford University and 3,248 were admitted.

Samford University Waitlist

Samford University reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in 2021.

How Do I Get Into Samford University?

Samford University is considered moderately difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to Samford University, applicants must submit the following items.

Samford University Application Requirements

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript of High School Record

Samford University Average GPA and Test Scores

The average high school GPA for a student admitted to Samford University is 3.8 out of 4.0. The mean SAT scores for students who get into Samford University is 1150. The mean ACT score for Samford University students is 26.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to Samford University.

Is Samford University Test Optional?

Samford University has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 37% submitted the SAT. 82% submitted the ACT.

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Dorms at Samford University

Yes! Samford University provides on-campus housing for up to 2,375 students.

Samford University students are active in the school's Alpha Lambda Delta, Student Government Association and Student National Pharmaceutical Association. Homecoming, Family Weekend, and and Hanging of the Green and Lighting of the Way are a few of the events that the campus rallies behind each year.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at Samford University.

Financial Aid at Samford University

Samford University meets 77% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Samford University full-time are awarded $23,055 a year in financial aid, on average.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is awarded ona first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can.. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Is Samford University a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are.

Retention, graduation rates, and job placement statistics can help you understand how satisfied students are with their school experience, and how effectively an institution prepares students for careers.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Samford University

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Samford University, around 87% return for their sophomore year. Out of the 728 students who started at Samford University as first-time freshman, 481 graduate within four years.

Samford University's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 77%. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes and Debt for Samford University Grads

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Within six months of graduating, 57% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Graduates in the class of 2021 had an average of $29,762 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Samford University sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is Samford University a good school for you?

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Where is Samford University Located?

Samford University is located in the suburban setting of Birmingham, Alabama.

If you want to see Samford University for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 65 to Birmingham, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International.

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College Info

800 Lakeshore Drive Birmingham, AL 35229

Campus Setting: Suburban

Samford University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

May 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Samford University is May 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Samford University is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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Samford University ACT Scores


ACT Range

23 - 29

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Samford University is 26. Students with an ACT score of 29 and above have a good chance of getting into Samford University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 23 and 29 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 23 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Samford University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1060 - 1230


Math SAT Range

620 - 600


Reading SAT Range

540 - 640

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1230 and Above


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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Samford University students is 1150. Applicants with SAT scores of 1230 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Samford University, while applicants with SAT scores between 1060 to 1230 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1060 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Samford University.

Samford University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Samford University is like? There are approximately 5,729 students enrolled at Samford University, including 3,576 undergraduate students and 2,153 graduate students. 98% percent of students attend school full-time, 30% percent are from AL and 70% percent of students are from other states.


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