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Samford University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Birmingham, Alabama. Birmingham is considered a suburb and offers tranquility and safety near the excitement of a city center.

$35,631 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
84% Acceptance Rate

Where Is Samford University?


Contact details for Samford are given below.

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

How Do I Get Into Samford?

You can apply to Samford online at:

Admission Requirements for Samford

Submission Required?
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Recommended
High School Transcript Considered but not required
College Prep Program Required
Recommendations Required
SAT or ACT Scores Considered but not required
TOEFL Neither required nor recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into Samford?

84% Acceptance Rate
67% Of Accepted Are Women
22% Submit SAT Scores
Samford has an acceptance rate of 84%, which means that is not quite as selective as some other schools. Still, you'll need good grades and a solid application if you want to be admitted.

Approximately 33% of accepted students are men and 67% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 81%, and the acceptance rate for women is 85%.

Average Test Scores

About 22% 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 570 and 660. Math scores were between 530 and 630.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Samford University  ( 570 to 660 )

SAT Math Scores for Samford University  ( 530 to 630 )
Samford received ACT scores from 66% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 23 and 31. Math scores were between 20 and 27. Composite scores were between 23 and 29.

ACT English Scores for Samford University  ( 23 to 31 )
ACT Math Scores for Samford University  ( 20 to 27 )
ACT Composite Scores for Samford University  ( 23 to 29 )

Can I Afford Samford University?

$35,631 Net Price
32% Take Out Loans
0.9% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Samford is $35,631. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Samford, approximately 32% of students took out student loans averaging $8,928 a year. That adds up to $35,712 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Samford is 0.9%. 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.

Samford University Undergraduate Student Diversity

3,549 Full-Time Undergraduates
67% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 3,607 undergraduate students at Samford, with 3,549 being full-time and 58 being part-time.


There are also 2,151 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 3,549 full-time undergraduates at Samford, 33% are male and 67% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Samford University students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 40
Black or African American 209
Hispanic or Latino 142
White 3,025
International Students 39
Other Races/Ethnicities 94

Geographic Diversity

Alabama students aren't the only ones who study at Samford University. At this time, 31 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 40 countries are represented at Samford. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Brazil, and South Korea.

Online Learning at Samford University

379 Took All Classes Online
1,684 Took At Least One Class Online
-6.1% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 3 bachelor’s degree and 42 master’s degree programs available online at Samford. In 2020-2021, 1,684 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Samford has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 4th most popular in Alabama for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2020-2021.

Online Growth Rankings of Samford

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Samford University was -6.1%. This is the #1,340 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Samford regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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