Samford seeks students who have demonstrated high standards of scholarship, outstanding personal character, and serious educational aims. Admission to Samford involves a careful analysis of academic records, character references, clarity of educational purpose, and extracurricular activities which reflect the applicant’s potential for involvement and leadership in the programs and services of the university.
All students applying to Samford are required to provide the following:
Admission standards are competitive and selective. The Admission Committee selects the entering class from among those whose academic performance gives the strongest promise of success in college. It is Samford’s intent to maintain an undergraduate student body with diverse background, interests, and abilities.
In addition to the requirements for all students above, Samford also requires the following for new students:
Incoming freshman can transfer in up to 12 hours of dual enrollment credit hours. Dual Enrollment is defined as classes taken by a student to satisfy high school graduation requirements with which they also received college credit for. In order for credit to be considered for transfer, the student must request an official transcript, with the final grades reported, from the college where they have received credit. The course(s) have to have been obtained with a B- or better. The transcripts must be sent to the Office of Admission.
If a college course is taken during the students time in high school that is not needed to satisfy high school graduation requirements, this credit may be considered for transfer credit beyond the initial 12 hours. The maximum aggregate total for credit an entering freshman may bring to Samford, through AP, dual enrollment, CLEP, IB, etc., is 30 hours. In addition, the only core curriculum class that an entering freshman may transfer in, or place out of, is UCCA 101. For more information concerning Dual Enrollment please refer to our University Catalog.
If more than 12 hours of college credit have been attained while in high school, it is the student’s responsibility to have their guidance counselor write a letter stating which courses, if any, were not required for high school graduation. That letter may be faxed (205-726-2171) or mailed to the Office of Admission at Samford University. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure that the official transcript(s) are mailed to the Office of Admission upon posting of the final semester’s grades. This will ensure that all credit can be evaluated before orientation and the student will be registered for the appropriate courses.
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.
In addition to the requirements for all students above, Samford also requires the following for transfer students:
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.
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.
In addition to the requirements for all students above, international students also need to provide the following:
In addition to the common requirements above, Samford also requires the following for international freshmen students:
Students interested in transferring credits from any accredited college or university world-wide are encouraged to apply. In addition to the common requirements above, Samford also requires the following for international transfer students:
International students who do not meet the English proficiency requirement above may apply to Samford's ESL Program for students who wish to study English as a second language before entering a degree seeking program at Samford University. Applications will be evaluated on a case by case basis taking the student's academic criteria into consideration. Students accepted to Samford's ESL program will register for the English Language Learner Institute (ELLI). Upon successful completion of ELLI, students will be offered the opportunity to enter a degree seeking program at Samford University.