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The South’s Best Colleges: Samford University

Founded in 1841, Samford University is a national pillar for educating with strength and purpose, enrolling 5,683 students from 47 states, Puerto Rico, Guam and 19 countries.

Samford is regularly recognized as one of the best Christian universities in the United States, receiving high marks for academic quality and value. Samford is the top-ranked university in Alabama in national rankings published by The Wall Street Journal. Additionally, The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education ranks Samford 1st in the nation for student engagement. Samford is ranked 66th nationally for best undergraduate teaching and 104th for best value by U.S. News & World Report. According to The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education, Samford students are more likely to recommend their university than students at any other college or university in the country.

Among Samford’s 55,923 alumni have included more than 60 members of the U.S. Congress, eight state governors, two U.S. Supreme Court justices, one Secretary of State, four Rhodes Scholars, multiple Emmy and Grammy award-winning artists, two national championship football coaches, and recipients of the Pulitzer and Nobel Peace prizes.

The university fields 17 varsity sports—eight men’s and nine women’s—that participate at the NCAA Division I level in the Southern Conference. Samford’s athletic teams earned a 98% Graduation Success Rate by the NCAA, ranking sixth among all Division I universities in the nation, along with an impressive group of peer institutions.

Learn more about Samford at or schedule a visit by calling 205-726-3673.

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