Samford University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (5)
Samford University prepared me so well to go into my field of study. When I got a job, I realized that I was prepared more than some of my fellow coworkers that went through the same program of study at different schools. I felt confident to enter the field after I graduated and am thankful to the professors, preceptors, and advisers who put so much time into helping me succeed. Samford challenged me and pushed me to do my very best so that I was well prepared for my career after graduating.
I graduated from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1997. The degree I earned was a Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Early Childhood Education. My four years at Samford were some of the most memorable of my life! Going to Samford meant small class sizes with professors who knew my name. Though it's been 20 years since I graduated, some of my professors are still there. I met my husband at Samford, and he graduated from a different department. We went to Samford last fall to hear one of his former professors speak at homecoming. I like that many professors who teach and research at Samford stay there for many years or even their entire career. While at Samford, I truly enjoyed Greek Life with great people, many of whom are my lifelong friend. My husband and I have moved often due to his career, but everywhere I've gone, my Samford Degree has served me well. It's a true honor to be a Samford Alumnae, and I am currently applying for graduate school there. It think it's rather nostalgic to return to my undergraduate home 20 years later as a graduate student.
The mission of Samford University is stated "to nurture persons in their development of intellect, creativity, faith and person hood- fostering academic, career and ethical competency while encouraging social and civic responsibility and service to others". I believe wholeheartedly that when I ended my time at Samford, I gained more than a piece of paper to hang on a wall, I learned how to respect others, view the world through a new lens of thinking, and how to become a lifelong learner. The unique core curriculum is not merely a breeze through English and History to move onto one's major courses, it is a series of courses encompassing literature, theology, history, philosophy, speech, and biblical perspectives. This model ensures every student receives a solid foundation and valuable tools to engage with the world and truly make a difference with the knowledge that has been imparted. The professors are intelligent and approachable. They are your teachers but also your biggest fans. It is not uncommon to have class dinners with your Professors and they will meet with you and truly care about your success. The community at Samford is unlike anything I have ever experienced before. In the years I spent there, the students and faculty became family. There are so many events and groups to take part in from Greek life, intramurals, Step Sing, concerts, philanthropy events, student ministries, and even residence hall activities. These people become life long friends. The school actively seeks to engage with the local community as well as make impacts nationally and globally. The school is widely respected in the community for providing high quality education and also fostering compassion and desire to impact the world in the students. There are so many volunteer opportunities from tutoring around the city, serving in churches, and cleaning up houses, to serving on mission trips around the world building wells, teaching English, spreading the gospel, and meeting the needs of others. They do not shy away from the hard things in life, rather the professors teach students to dig in knee deep in the troubles and issues in society, use the education given, and make a difference or try to impact in a positive way. Although my degree was in Human Development and Family Life Education, I am entering a masters program to become a Physician Assistant. I truly believe my degree gave me a solid foundation in learning to work with others, think about their lives from a psychological and societal standpoint, and will be very valuable in treating patients. My major provided an extensive research competent as well as internship experiences that enabled me to apply what I was learning in a practical way. If you are looking for a school to show up and be a number in a seat, where you can easily fly through and walk across a stage for a diploma, Samford may not be your school. However, if you are looking for an educational community where you are known by your professors and faculty at the campus, where you have dinner at the President's home, a place to challenge you in your courses but also make you the best you can be, then Samford is the school for you. I recommend this University wholeheartedly for any major and truly believe the people who leave here are passionate, hardworking men and women who will change the world.
I loved attending Samford University. The campus is beautiful, and the campus life is very inviting. I built life long bonds with the students I met there as well as many of the faculty members. I appreciate that Samford allowed me to grow spiritually as well as academically, and I know that I am a better person for my experience there.
Great environment for learning. Business school and accounting program prepare students for the real world challenges they will face after graduation.