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Get the facts about Samford University. Learn how it ranks, what majors it offers, how diverse it is, and much more. All you need to do to learn more about a stat is click on its tile, and you'll be taken to another page that analyzes that data more closely. Also, you can use the links below to scroll to any section of this page.

How Well Is Samford University Ranked?

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2020 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Samford University was awarded 33 badges in the 2020 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is nursing.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Samford as #176 out of 1,727 colleges and universities in the country on its 2020 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation.

Samford also holds the #1 spot on the Best Colleges in Alabama ranking.

See all of the rankings for Samford University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Samford?

Acceptance Rate

Samford University has an acceptance rate of 83%, which makes it somewhat selective. Make sure it's not the only school you apply to, even if it's your school of choice. Whether you get in or not will largely depend on how you compare to other applicants.

Average Test Scores

About 33% of students accepted to Samford submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 550 and 650. Math scores were between 530 and 630.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Samford University  ( 550 to 650 )

SAT Math Scores for Samford University  ( 530 to 630 )
Samford received ACT scores from 86% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 23 and 29.

ACT Composite Scores for Samford University  ( 23 to 29 )

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Samford University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

At Samford, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 12 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Samford University is 99%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  99 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Samford University

Freshmen Retention Rate

Samford University has a freshmen retention rate of 87%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  87 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Samford the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 59%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  59 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Samford University.

Average Overall Diversity at Samford

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 3,373 undergraduates at Samford with 3,266 being full-time and 107 being part-time.

Samford Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

Samford scored 47.48 out of 100 for overall diversity. This is about average when compared to other colleges and universities in the United States.

Overall Diversity Score  47.48 out of 100
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How Much Does Samford University Cost?

The overall average net price of Samford is $29,032. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Samford

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$22,537 $24,258 $27,927 $30,035 $31,943

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Samford, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Samford, approximately 32% of students took out student loans averaging $8,544 a year. That adds up to $34,176 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Samford is 1.9%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Samford Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Samford make around $49,900 per year during the early years of their employment. This is good news for future Samford graduates since it is 22% more than the average college graduate's salary of $40,800 per year.


See which majors at Samford University make the most money.

Location of Samford University

Located in Birmingham, Alabama, Samford University is a private not-for-profit institution. Birmingham is a good match for students who enjoy the safety and convenience of the suburbs.

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Location of Samford University

Contact details for Samford are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 800 Lakeshore Drive, Birmingham, AL 35229-2240
Phone: 205-726-2011

Samford University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 63 majors graduated from Samford University. Of these students, 869 received undergraduate degrees and 819 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Nursing 115 $53,200
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 92 NA
Business Administration & Management 53 NA
Teacher Education Grade Specific 42 NA
Marketing 40 NA
Finance & Financial Management 39 $52,100
Journalism 38 $32,800
Human Development & Family Studies 38 NA
Health Sciences & Services 27 NA
Accounting 27 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Samford University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Samford

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2017-2018, 1,691 students took at least one online class at Samford University. This is an increase from the 1,572 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 1,691 651
2016-2017 1,572 757
2015-2016 1,484 698
2014-2015 1,230 574
2013-2014 455 340

Learn more about online learning at Samford University.

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