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Samford University

Birmingham, Alabama

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Student Population
Samford University overview
Location Birmingham, Alabama
Online samford.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large Suburban
Religious Affiliation Baptist
Samford University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate

Located in Birmingham, Alabama, Samford University is a mid-size four year private college offering both undergrad and graduate programs.   The school has a religious affiliation with the Baptist faith. In the most recent statistical year 4,217 prospective students applied, and 3,537 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 920 enrolled in the school.  5,490 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 268 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2021/2022, excluding room and board, is $34,410 plus fees of $950. Samford University is ranked 171 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2023 U.S. Colleges Ranking.



Samford University is rated within the top 28% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 8 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards
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SAT 1100/1290
ACT 23/29
GPA 3.84
Applications Accepted
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Applications Due May 1, 2023
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $40

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Annual Cost to Attend

Costs for Samford University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,000
Other Fees$950
Room and Board $11,260
Budget for Other Expenses$4,894
Total One Year Cost$52,514

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Average Salary After 10 Years
$57,400 per year
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate
70% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Samford University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 20%
Health Professions 14%
Education 11%
Work and Family Studies 8%
Communication 6%

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