Samford University has been ranked as one of the top institutions
in the nation by U. S. News & World Report magazine in its 2003
selection of America's Best Colleges.
Samford ranks fifth in the South in the category, Universities-Master's, which
includes schools offering a full range of undergraduate and master's programs
and some doctoral programs. Samford offers 26 degree programs including 18 at
the master's and doctoral levels.
U. S. News & World Report rankings are based on a school's academic
reputation, freshman retention rates, faculty resources, class size, student
selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.
The rankings were announced Thursday, Sept. 12. In addition to the Universities-Master's
category (the largest group), U. S. News & World Report ranks Universities-Doctoral,
Liberal Arts Colleges-Bachelor's and Comprehensive Colleges-Bachelor's. Schools
are divided into groups reflecting their missions--basically, programs they
offer--as described by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
Samford has been ranked in the top 10 in its category by U. S. News &
World Report since 1990.