Samford University

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Office of Admission

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  1. Submit the application

    Samford has an online application and also accepts the Common Application for your convenience. Students will receive the same consideration regardless of which method they choose. The application fee is $40.
  2. Submit your essay

    The essay should be a 250 word minimum (1 to 2 pages preferred) and the topic is YOU!  Learn more about the essay >>
  3. Request College School Transcript(s)

    Samford requires official college transcripts to be sent directly from your school.  (Note: Samford will accept transcripts electronically via E-script and Docufide.)
  4. Request an Academic Recommendation

    Samford requires one academic letter of recommendation. An academic recommendation is one from a guidance counselor or a teacher.  
  5. High School Information

    Students who have completed less than 24 semester credits must also submit their official high school transcript and ACT or SAT test scores. Samford’s Code: ACT: 0016 SAT: 1302 

Admission Timeline

Samford University welcomes transfer students at the beginning of any term. Although there is no formal admission deadline, applicants are encouraged to complete the process as soon as possible. Delays in the admission process could adversely affect other processes important to eventual enrollment, including advising, registration and financial aid. The dates below are recommended application dates. Applications received after the recommended submission dates will be accepted and reviewed for admission.

  • Nov. 15 – Recommended application date for Winter term
  • Dec. 15 – Recommended application date for Spring semester
  • Jan. 24 – Spring Transfer Orientation (Class registration)
  • May 1 – Recommended application date for Summer term
  • June 1 – Recommended application date for Fall semester
  • June 13 – Fall Transfer Orientation (Class registration)


Please note that these dates are recommended for general admission to the university. Academic departments, programs and schools may require students to meet additional admission requirements, and submit additional applications and/or auditions for admission (i.e. nursing, education, pharmacy, arts). Check with the department, program or school to ensure that you are aware of additional admission requirements and deadlines.

Admission Criteria

If you are beginning your search or have decided that Samford is the place for you, please know that the Office of Admission is dedicated to helping you navigate the transfer process. Transfer students generally receive favorable admission review when they present a minimum cumulative 2.50 grade point average on all college-level course work, provided they have attempted at least 24 semester credits, or 36 quarter credits, at institutions accredited by one of the regional accrediting agencies. Please contact the transfer admission counselor with questions.

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