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Samford University

Samford University
Former name
Howard College
Motto For God, For Learning, Forever
Established 1841
Type Private
Affiliation Alabama Baptist Convention
Endowment $277.5 million (June 2014)
Academic staff
Students 5,206 (Fall 2015)[1]
Undergraduates 3,168 (Fall 2015)
Postgraduates 2,038 (Fall 2015)
Location Homewood, Alabama, U.S.
Campus Suburban
Athletics 17 varsity teams
Colors Red and Blue
Nickname Bulldogs
Affiliations Southern Conference
Website .edu.samfordwww

Samford University is a private, coeducational university located in Homewood, Alabama, a suburb of Birmingham.[1] In 1841, the university was founded as Howard College.[2] Samford University is the 87th oldest institution of higher learning in the United States.[3] Samford University is Alabama's top-ranked private university. The university enrolls 4,933 students from 44 states and 25 countries.[3] Samford University has been nationally ranked for academic programs, value and affordability by Kiplinger's Personal Finance, The Princeton Review and Colleges of Distinction.[2]

Bird's-eye view of the campus


  • History 1
    • 19th century 1.1
    • 20th century 1.2
    • Civil rights 1.3
    • 21st century 1.4
  • Academics 2
  • Rankings 3
  • Campus 4
  • Student demographics 5
  • Athletics 6
  • International collaborations 7
  • Notable alumni 8
    • Politics and Government 8.1
    • Arts and Letters 8.2
    • Religion 8.3
    • Sports 8.4
    • Other 8.5
  • See also 9
  • References 10
  • External links 11


19th century

In 1841, Samford University was founded as Howard College in Marion, Alabama.[4][5] The land was donated by Reverend James H. DeVotie, who served on the Samford Board of Trustees for fifteen years and as its President for two years.[6][7] The university was established after the Alabama Baptist State Convention decided to build a school for men in Perry County, Alabama. The college's first nine students began studies in January 1842 with a traditional curriculum of language, literature and sciences.[8] In October 1854, a fire destroyed all of the college's property, including its only building.[8][9] In those early years the graduation addresses of several distinguished speakers were published, including those by Thomas G. Keen of Mobile, Joseph Walters Taylor, Noah K. Davis and Samuel Sterling Sherman. While the college recovered from the fire, the Civil War began.[8] Howard College was converted to a military hospital by the Confederate government in 1863.[9] During this time, the college's remaining faculty offered basic instruction to soldiers recovering at the hospital.[8] For a short period after the war, federal troops occupied the college and sheltered freed slaves on its campus. In 1865 the college reopened. Howard College's board of trustees accepted real estate and funding from the city of Birmingham, Alabama in 1887.[10]

20th century

In 1913, the college became fully and permanently coeducational. Howard College added its School of Music in 1914 and School of Education and Journalism the following year. The college introduced its Department of Pharmacy in 1927. At the time, it was the only program of its kind in the

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  • Samford University at National Center for Education Statistics: College Navigator

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Arts and Letters

Politics and Government

The university has more than 46,000 alumni, including U.S. congressmen, seven state governors, two U.S. Supreme Court justices, four Rhodes Scholars, multiple Emmy and Grammy award-winning artists, two national championship football coaches, and recipients of the Pulitzer and Nobel Peace prizes.[40] The Samford University Alumni Association counts more than 27,000 graduates among its membership. Some notable alumni include:

Notable alumni

Samford has partnerships with the following international universities and programs:

International collaborations

The Bulldogs have won 18 conference championships since joining the Southern Conference in 2008.[35] Twenty former student-athletes have been drafted into professional sports.[35] Past student-athletes include national-championship football coaches Bobby Bowden[36] and Jimbo Fisher[37] All-Pro defensive back Cortland Finnegan[38] and two 2014 baseball draftees, Ty Filliben and Tripp Martin.[39]

In the NCAA's 2013 report, Samford student-athletes achieved an average Academic Progress Rate of 990, the highest in Alabama.[34] It marked the eighth consecutive year that Samford has been a leader in APR measures, beginning in 2005 when it placed 7th in the nation in the inaugural ranking.[34] The university is one of only 61 schools to have received an NCAA Public Recognition Award for academic excellence in the past eight years.[35]

The university fields 17 varsity sports and participates in the NCAA at the Division I level as a member of the Southern Conference.[32] Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, tennis and indoor and outdoor track and field. Women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field and volleyball.


In 2015, Samford University enrolled 3,168 undergraduate and 2,038 graduate and professional students.[1] Students from 44 states and 25 countries attend Samford, with 66% of the undergraduate student body coming from outside the state of Alabama.[32] 98% of all May 2013 graduates from undergraduate programs were employed or enrolled in graduate school within seven months of graduation.[33]

Student demographics

Besides its lush lawns and well-maintained gardens, Samford has a distinctive example of Colonial Williamsburg, was the vision of President Harwell Davis when he moved the campus to the Shades Valley area in 1953-55.

The college—and now university—is located approximately 5 miles (8 km) south of downtown Birmingham in Homewood, Alabama's Shades Valley area. The campus lies along Lakeshore Drive in Homewood, just 2 miles (3 km) from Interstate 65.

Samford's campus has moved several times during its history. Originally, Howard College was located in Marion, Alabama, a black-belt town between Selma and Tuscaloosa; it is the birthplace of Coretta Scott King. In 1887, the college moved to the East Lake community in Birmingham.


In 2010, the United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) recognized Brock School of Business as having the best new entrepreneurship program in the United States.[28] That year, USA Today and The Princeton Review selected Samford as one of the 50 "Best Value" private universities in the United States.[29] The U.S. News & World Report listed Samford #3 in the South for regional universities, #3 in the South for best undergraduate teaching and #12 in the South for best value in 2015.[27] That year, Forbes named Samford the top-rated university in Alabama.[30] U.S. News & World Report, "Best Graduate Schools" ranked Cumberland School of Law #6 in the nation for trial advocacy in its 2015 list.[31] In 2014, the Institute of International Education ranked Samford 22nd nationally among master's institutions for percentage of undergraduates who study abroad.[32] U.S News & World Report, Best Graduate Schools ranks Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing #24 in the nation for online nursing education that year.


Samford offers 32 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, with 155 undergraduate majors, minors and concentrations.[26] The university is divided into the School of the Arts, Howard College of Arts and Science, Brock School of Business, Beeson Divinity School, Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education, Cumberland School of Law, Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, McWhorter School of Pharmacy, School of Health Professions and School of Public Health. The faculty-to-student ratio at Samford University is 1:12.[27] Approximately two-thirds of the university's classes have fewer than 20 students.[27]


Dr. Andrew Westmoreland was appointed president of the university in 2006.[21] That year, the Jane Hollock Brock Hall as part of the university’s fine arts complex. A new soccer and track facility opened in 2011, part of a decade-long expansion of new athletics facilities that included a tennis center, a basketball arena, a football field house and a softball stadium.[22] For the 2012–13 academic year, the economic and fiscal impacts of the university on Alabama were $335.21 million, 2,438 jobs, $8.5 million in state income and sales taxes, and $4.7 million in local sales tax. In 2013, the university established a new College of Health Sciences, including Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, McWhorter School of Pharmacy, the School of Health Professions and the School of Public Health.[23] The university announced the construction of a new facility to house Brock School of Business that year. In 2014, the West Village residence complex opened. That December, the university purchased the adjacent headquarters of Southern Progress, a subsidiary of Time, Inc., that houses the College of Health Sciences.[24][25]

21st century

Segregation by private universities was ended by the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act by the US Congress. Cumberland School of Law faced the greatest immediate risk of losing accreditation. In 1967, it admitted Samford's first black student, Audrey Lattimore Gaston.[19] The entire university proceeded with integration.[20]

As a private, segregated institution, Samford University was to some degree insulated from the activities of leaders and protesters of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and early 1960s. The officers of the Samford Student Government Association challenged a segregated concert held on campus by the Birmingham Symphony by inviting as guests the student government officers of nearby Miles College,[18] a historically black school.

Civil rights

[17] in 1984.Kensington, England Samford University established a study center for students to study abroad in [16] In 1973, the university acquired Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing.[8] Howard College was renamed in honor of Frank Park Samford, a longtime trustee of the school.[8]

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