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Samford University Admission Requirements

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Chances of getting into Samford University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
82.1%
Admission Difficulty for Samford University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsDifficult
Applicant CompetitionVery Low
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How hard is it to get into Samford University and can I get accepted? The school has a 82% acceptance rate ranking it #19 in Alabama for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 3,188 out of 3,884 applicants were admitted making Samford University an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance assuming you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has difficult requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 40 percent. Samford University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 30% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

Samford University SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1070-1270
Applicants Submitting SAT
34%
SAT Scores for Samford University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 550
SAT Math 25th 520
SAT Composite 25th 1070
SAT Scores for Samford University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 650
SAT Math 75th 620
SAT Composite 75th 1270
Average SAT Score 1170

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Samford University typically requires applicants to be in the top 47 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1070 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 1170 out of 1600. The school ranks #5 in Alabama for highest average SAT composite score. 34 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Samford University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1270 and Above Good >89%
1170 to 1270 Avg + 82%-89%
1070 to 1170 Avg - 73%-82%
970 to 1070 Reach 61%-73%
Less than 970 Low <61%
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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 24
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 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.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 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 >89%
26 to 29 Avg + 82%-89%
23 to 26 Avg - 73%-82%
20 to 23 Reach 61%-73%
Less than 20 Low <61%
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Samford University GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.68
Typical High School Grades
B+

What GPA do you need to get into Samford University?

Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into Samford University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Samford University was 3.68 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #2 in Alabama for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.68 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Samford University accepts 82% of all applicants.

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High School GPA's for admitted Samford University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 49% Good
3.50 to 3.75 22% Avg +
3.25 to 3.50 13% Avg -
3.00 to 3.25 8% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 7% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 1% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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High School Class Rank

59% 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 35%
Top 25% of class 59%
Top 50% of class 82%
Bottom 50% of class 18%
Bottom 25% of class 7%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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Admission Statistics

Samford University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 2,558 1,326 3,884
Accepted 2,144 1,044 3,188
Acceptance Rate 84% 79% 82%
Enrolled 644 314 958
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 30% 30% 30%

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
May 1, 2021
Days left to Apply
164

Applicants have 164 days left until the Fall 2021 term applications are due on May 1, 2021.

Admission Requirements

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

Samford University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies 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?

82% of those who apply are granted admission to Samford University. Admission competition is and the college has difficult 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 1070 and 1270. 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.