Samford University: Narrative Description

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800 Lakeshore Dr.
Birmingham, AL 35229-0002
Tel: (205)726-2011
Free: 800-888-7218
Admissions: (205)726-3673
Fax: (205)726-2171
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent Baptist, university, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1841. Setting: 180-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $210.5 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $11,095 per student. Total enrollment: 4,416. Faculty: 406 (267 full-time, 139 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 12:1. 1,952 applied, 88% were admitted. 33% from top 10% of their high school class, 63% from top quarter, 88% from top half. 12 National Merit Scholars, 116 valedictorians, 124 student government officers. Full-time: 2,652 students, 64% women, 36% men. Part-time: 204 students, 69% women, 31% men. Students come from 44 states and territories, 17 other countries, 55% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 6% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.5% international, 8% 25 or older, 65% live on campus, 4% transferred in. Retention: 89% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: 4-1-4. Services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham-Southern College, Miles College, University of Montevallo. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 1 recommendation, leadership resume, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $19,450 includes full-time tuition ($13,944) and college room and board ($5506). College room only: $2682. Full-time tuition varies according to course load. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $463 per semester hour. Part-time tuition varies according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 102 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 35% of eligible men and 48% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: student ministries, student government. Major annual events: Step Sing, Homecoming, Spring Fling. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service. 1,860 college housing spaces available; 1,831 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Samford University Library plus 3 others with 439,760 books, 1.3 million microform titles, 3,724 serials, 14,362 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $4 million. 350 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See University of Alabama - Birmingham.

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