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Samford University

Birmingham, AL 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate83%

Samford University Admissions

It is moderately difficult to get into Samford University. Around 83% of applicants get into Samford University each year. Out of 4,337 applications received in 2023, 3,611 students were offered admission.

If you are planning on applying to Samford University, the regular decision application deadline is May 1 and the fee for the application is $40.

Students who apply to Samford University for fall semester should anticipate a decision by November 1.

Samford University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of Samford University's admissions stats.

Samford University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.8
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 31%
Mean SAT Score 1160
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 26%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 64%
Waitlist Yes

Samford University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Samford University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action No
Regular Decision Yes 5 1 November 1

Considering Applying Early to Samford University?

Samford University does not offer early decision or early action.

➡️ Explore a list of some top colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

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Transferring to Samford University

It is not difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Samford University

In 2022, Samford University waitlisted 107 students and 73 accepted a place on the waitlist. Of those, 5 eventually received an admissions offer.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Samford University?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis on the areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Samford University

Wondering what factors are considered by Samford University during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Application Essay Very Important
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Standardized Test Scores Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Class Rank Considered
Interview Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with Samford University for more information on admission factors.

Samford University 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Samford University, all applicants must submit the following items. Check in with Samford University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript(S) of College Record
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Samford University?

Students admitted to Samford University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.8.

Out of all students that were admitted, 32% submitted a class rank. At Samford University 31% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 60% were in the top 25% and 85% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Samford University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 42.6%
3.75 and 3.99 25%
3.50 and 3.74 15.1%
3.25 and 3.49 10.7%
3.00 and 3.24 4.4%
2.50 and 2.9 1.8%
2.00 and 2.49 0.4%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Samford University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

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

In 2022, 26% of Samford University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 64% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Samford University?

To be competitive with other Samford University applicants, you should aim to score between 1090 and 1265 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Samford University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1265 and 25% of scored lower than 1090, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Samford University student is 1160.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Samford University students scored 620 or higher and 75% of students scored 550 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Samford University students scored 650 or higher, and 75% scored a 550 or higher.

To be most competitive at Samford University, you should strive to earn between 23 and 29 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 29 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Samford University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 29, and three out of four students scored lower than 29 on the ACT.

A 23 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Samford University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 23.

More Information on Transferring to Samford University

For transfer students, it is not difficult to get admitted to Samford University. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Samford University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Samford University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Samford University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Samford University.

Does Samford University accept transfer credits?

✅ Samford University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Samford University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does Samford University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Samford University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Samford University?

❌ No, Samford University is test optional, so you can make the call whether to send your test scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you may want to send them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Samford University's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for Samford University is 83%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Samford University?

❌ Samford University does not offer early decision.

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Samford University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Samford University? Samford University is a somewhat selective institution. The Samford University acceptance rate is 83%. This means that the institution accepts 83 out of every 100 applicants.


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

Samford University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1090 - 1265


Math SAT Range

530 - 620


Reading SAT Range

550 - 650

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1265 and Above


1090 to 1265


1090 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Samford University students is 1160. Applicants with SAT scores of 1265 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Samford University, while applicants with SAT scores between 1090 to 1265 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1090 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Samford University.

Samford University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Samford University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.8. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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