Samford University

SCampus - RL 7.11AMFORD 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 and is the 87th oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. It enrolls 5,471 students from 44 states and 25 countries in 10 academic units including: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, and education.

In 2015, U.S. News and World Report ranked Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford also has been nationally ranked for academic programs, value and affordability by such prestigious publications and rankings as Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, The Princeton Review and Colleges of Distinction, among others.

Samford offers 30 undergraduate and graduate/professional degrees. There are
158 undergraduate majors, minors and concentrations. Graduate/professional degrees are offered in business, divinity, design studies, education, health professions, environmental management, law, music, nursing, pharmacy and public health. The university’s College of Health Sciences is adding many new undergraduate and graduate/professional programs in the next few years.


  • Founded: 1841
  • Geographic Diversity: Students from 44 states and 25 countries
  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 12:1
  • Enrollment: 5,471
  • Academic Programs: 30 graduate and undergraduate degree programs
  • Graduation: 96% of students employed or in graduate school within 6 months of graduation
  • Athletics: Participates in 17 NCAA Division I sports
  • 87th oldest university in the United States
  • Nationally recognized for academic programs and affordability by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Forbes, The Princeton Review
  • Ranked as Alabama’s Top Nationally Ranked Private University

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Undergraduate Tuition & Fees: $31,650

Room & Board: $10,550

Graduate Tuition: $744/credit hour

English Language Learner Institute (ELLI): Full-time (Fall & Spring): $6,000/semester // Summer: $375/credit // January Term: $1,200

Financial Assistance: Scholarships available for International Students.

*Please note Room & Board costs are calculated according to most commonly taken option.

**Also note, total tuition reflects mandatory fees.

English Proficiency Requirements (pick one)

TOEFL: 90 (iBT), 575 (Paper-based)

IELTS: 6.5

SAT or Equivalent Requirements:

SAT Average: 1080-1320; SAT Redesign Average: 1150-1380

ACT Average: 25-32

*Freshmen, international students applying to Samford may submit either the ACT or SAT, whichever is most accessible to the student. ACT and SAT requirement waver requests can be made.

GPA Requirement Average: 3.48-4.0

Application Deadline: Scholarship deadline – December 15 // Fall – March 1