Samford University is Alabama’s top-ranked private university with nationally ranked academic programs rooted in the university’s Christian mission. 

Located in suburban Birmingham, Samford was founded in 1841. With an enrollment of more than 5,200, students represent 46 states and 32 countries. Samford offers 30 undergraduate and graduate degree programs through 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health.

Basic details

  • Region: South
  • Location: Birmingham, Alabama
  • Campus setting: Suburban
  • Type of institution: Private; Liberal Arts College

Admissions information and areas of study offered

  • Percentage of students admitted: 80%
  • Average ACT range: 23-29
  • Average SAT range: 1080-1320 (writing not considered)
  • Test optional? No
  • Common Application accepted? Yes
  • Areas of study offered include:  Accounting/Finance; Archaeology; Architecture; Arts; Astronomy; Biology; Business; Communications; Computer Science; Design; Economics; Education; Drama/Theatre Arts; Ethnic/Cultural Studies; English; Geography; Humanities; History; International Relations; Journalism; Languages; Law; Liberal Arts; Linguistics; Literature; Management; Marketing; Mathematics; Medical Sciences; Music; Nursing; Nutrition; Pharmacology; Philosophy; Political Science; Psychology; Public Policy; Public Relations/Affairs; Public Health; Social Work; Theology/Religion; Veterinary Medicine
  • Full list of majors available:


  • International students are eligible for: Merit-based scholarship; Need-based aid
  • Estimated yearly cost (including tuition, board, room and student fees): $42,120


  • Athletic association for the majority of sports: NCAA - Division I

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