Samford University Top Rankings

Founded in 1841, Samford University is the 87th oldest university in America and the largest private school in Alabama. It is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention.

The university has the following organizational units: Howard College of Arts and Sciences, McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Cumberland School of Law, Brock School of Business, Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education and Professional Studies, School of the Arts, Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, and Beeson School of Divinity. It offers associate's, bachelor's, master's, professional doctoral degrees, and continuing education programs.

The University is listed as one of the Colleges of Distinction and is a College-Bound Coalition member. In 2007, Samford was reclassified as "national research university".


- Placed in the top tier of national doctoral research universities, ranked 126th in the U.S. News & World Report (2010). It is one of 25 national universities recognized by U.S. News for having students with the least amount of debt at graduation. Among peer groups, Samford is one of three Alabama universities ranked in the top tier.

- Included in the 2010 edition of The Princeton Review's popular guidebook "The Best 371 Colleges" as one of the country's best institutions for undergraduate education.

- In the 2008 college rankings by U.S. News & World Report, it is placed 118th out of 262 institutions in the doctoral/research university category. It is ranked 130th in the 2009 rankings.

- 9th for Best Quality of Life in The Princeton Review Law School Rankings 2008.

- 69th in the US News Ranking of Top Nursing-Anesthesia Schools (2007).

- Ranked 27th among all national universities in the results-based ranking by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP) of Washington, D.C.

- Rated as "very competitive" by Barron's Profiles of American Colleges.

- Ranked in the top 10 master's level universities in the Southeast by US News for 17 years.