Samford University


June 14, 2010

Our Story

A few sentences from a note to our faculty in the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, from a May graduate in anesthesia:


 You all have become family over the past 28 months. I am so very thankful for your prayers, support, and encouragement. You may never understand the impact that you have made on my life. As I was driving away after graduation, my wife said, "You couldn't have possibly graduated from a better program." You all brought out the best in me!  Each of you planted a seed in me that will continue to grow!


The world is better because the members of our faculty give their best to their students--and they demand the best from them.

Our Mission

The mission of Samford University is to nurture persons in their development of intellect, creativity, faith, and personhood. As a Christian university, the community fosters academic, career, and ethical competency while encouraging social and civic responsibility, and service to others.

Our Core Values

The Samford community values lifelong:

  • belief in God, the Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord.
  • engagement with the life and teachings of Jesus.
  • learning and responsible freedom of inquiry.
  • personal empowerment, accountability, and responsibility.
  • vocational success and civic engagement.
  • spiritual growth and cultivation of physical well-being.
  • integrity, honesty, and justice.
  • appreciation for diverse cultures and convictions.
  • stewardship of all resources.
  • service to God, to family, to one another, and to the community.

Our Vision

Anchored in Christian understanding, Samford University will be a diverse community, stressing vigorous learning and personal faith, in the Baptist tradition. Within that commonality, the Community will be innovative in teaching, learning and research; sensitive to global issues; aggressive in self-assessment and continuous improvement. Faithful to its mission, Samford will be known and acknowledged worldwide by holding to its core values. The world will be better for it.

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