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Samford University

From distinguished faculty taking a genuine interest in students' success, to offering some of the smallest class sizes of colleges and universities in the country, Samford University offers a collegial, scholarly environment that continues to receive high ratings for quality of life and instruction.

Bachelor's programmes

Natural Sciences & Mathematics (7)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (3)
Engineering & Technology (2)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)



Chartered as Howard College in 1841, the school survived two fires, the Civil War, a century of financial turmoil and two relocations to become one of the region's top universities. From its meager beginnings in Marion, Alabama, with only 31 students, Samford is now home to more than 5,000 students on a beautiful Georgian-Colonial style campus in Homewood, Alabama.


The mission of Samford University is to nurture persons in their development of intellect, creativity, faith and personhood. As a Christian university, the community fosters academic, career and ethical competency while encouraging social and civic responsibility and service to others.


Anchored in Christian understanding, Samford University will be a diverse community, stressing vigorous learning and personal faith, in the Baptist tradition. Within that commonality, the Community will be innovative in teaching, learning and research; sensitive to global issues; aggressive in self-assessment and continuous improvement. Faithful to its mission, Samford will be known and acknowledged worldwide by holding to its core values. The world will be better for it.


The Career Development Center provides individualized assistance with the job or internship search to both on-campus and online students, so simply call 205-726-2980 to schedule an appointment. In the meantime, the following links can help you start to explore possibilities.

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Student services

The goal of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management is to recruit and retain student leaders; meet the social, physical, financial and spiritual needs of those students; and assist them in developing unique talents, abilities, and personal goals for a life of world-changing impact.

Housing services

Campus is only minutes from the heart of Birmingham. This metropolitan area of about one million people is rich in history, and is home to major engineering companies, a nationally ranked medical center, a symphony orchestra, a Triple A baseball team, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and a myriad of other institutions and organizations that make it a thriving, modern city.

Library services

The University Library supports Samford by acquiring, organizing, and preserving a broad, well-balanced spectrum of information and by providing access to that information through personal and technological services.

Medical services

Samford University’s Department of Healthcare Administration was created for people who are called to serve through dynamic leadership. The department focuses on developing and nurturing servant leaders who will make a mighty impact on the delivery of healthcare locally, nationally and internationally.

Student Life

Campus life

With more than 50 Georgian-Colonial buildings set on a manicured 247-acre campus, Samford is an idyllic place to be your college home. Our award-winning campus is often called one of the most beautiful in America.

Sports facilities

  • The Men's Rugby Club team is a club organization who enjoys to play the gentlemanly sport of Rugby both recreationally and competitively.
  • Catch the disc in the end zone to score and win! This newly popular game is a fun, athletic, strategic sport to be involved in. Work as a team, compete as a team, have fun as a team, and enjoy the action of ultimate frisbee together! Refereed by players, honesty, and integrity are encouraged. Women's Ultimate Club welcomes those new to the sport as well as those on the verge of joining professional ultimate.
  • Our goal is to provide a high level of play and competition for our players and an opportunity for the entire Samford student body to enjoy.

Student clubs

Samford University students are encouraged to select from more than 100 student organizations to enhance their co-curricular and curricular experience. The Office of Student Leadership and Involvement provides support, leadership training, and resources to student organizations. Current students can access information about organizations and student life events through OrgSync.


Samford University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award bachelor’s, master’s, educational specialist and doctoral degrees. This status was most recently affirmed in 2007, continuing a relationship that Samford has enjoyed with SACSCOC since 1920.

Student Reviews

Earning Your Elementary Education Degree at SU
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

My experience studying Elementary/Special/Early Childhood/Collaborative Education at Samford University was simply incredible. I am grateful to have been able to learn from a collection of intelligent and passionate professors who share their years of experience in the classroom, as well as current information pertaining to the field of Education with their students. In...

Homewood, Alabama, United States

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