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Chances of getting into Samford University

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
84%
Admission Difficulty for Samford University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Challenging 
Applicant Competition Very Low 
How hard is it to get into Samford University and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at Samford University is 84%.  It ranks #18 in Alabama for lowest rate of acceptance. Samford University is an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission requirements. Last year, 3,248 out of 3,867 applicants were admitted.

The school has challenging admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 40 percent (SAT 1060/1240 ACT 23/29). Samford University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.8. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 30% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The Samford University application fee is $40 and applications are due by May 1.

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Samford University. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 34% of students submitted SAT scores and 86% submitted ACT scores for admission for the 2021/2022 academic year..

Samford University SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1060-1240
Applicants Submitting SAT 
34%
SAT Scores for Samford University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 540
SAT Math 25th 520
SAT Composite 25th 1060
SAT Scores for Samford University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 640
SAT Math 75th 600
SAT Composite 75th 1240
Average SAT Score 1150

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Samford University?

Samford University typically prefers applicants to be in the top 49 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1060 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 970. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1150 out of 1600. Samford University ranks #7 in Alabama for highest average SAT composite score. 34 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Samford University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1240 and Above Good >91%
1150 to 1240 Avg + 84%-91%
1060 to 1150 Avg - 73%-84%
970 to 1060 Reach 59%-73%
Less than 970 Low <59%
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Samford University ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
23-29 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
86%
ACT Scores for Samford University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 23
ACT Math 25th 21
ACT Composite 25th 23
ACT Scores for Samford University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 32
ACT Math 75th 27
ACT Composite 75th 29
Average ACT Score 26

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Samford University?

Admission data indicates that Samford University regularly accepts students with ACT's of 23 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 32 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 20 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 26 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 29 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #5 in Alabama and #210 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 86 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Samford University.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Samford University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
29 and Above Good >91%
26 to 29 Avg + 84%-91%
23 to 26 Avg - 73%-84%
20 to 23 Reach 59%-73%
Less than 20 Low <59%
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Samford University GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.8
Typical High School Grades 
A-

What GPA do you need to get into Samford University?

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into Samford University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Samford University was 3.8 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #5 in Alabama for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.8 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Samford University accepts 84% of all applicants.

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High School GPA's for admitted Samford University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 38.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 24.0% Avg
3.50 to 3.74 17.0% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 12.2% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 6.2% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 2.6% Low
2.00 to 2.49 0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

57% of Samford University freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Samford University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 29%
Top 25% of class 57%
Top 50% of class 85%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

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Admission Statistics

Samford University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 2,589 1,278 3,867
Accepted 2,216 1,032 3,248
Acceptance Rate 86% 81% 84%
Enrolled 655 316 971
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 30% 31% 30%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
May 1, 2023
Days left to Apply
211

Applicants have 211 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on May 1, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Samford University is $40.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Samford University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Samford University Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Samford University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=102049 IPEDS survey data for Samford University.

FAQs

Does Samford University prefer SAT or ACT?

34% of students submit their SAT scores to Samford University. 86% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Samford University?

84% of those who apply are granted admission to Samford University. Admission competition is and the college has challenging admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Samford University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1060 and 1240. 34% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Samford University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 23 and 29. 86% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.