Recent Alumnus 2010-04-07T03:06:56Z
Not Quite Sure – I have my own car so I do not have to rely on campus transportation. I do see public buses in front of the University Center sometimes so that is good, but the missionary student department is not reliable for anything.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-07T02:58:59Z
Guys & Girls:
Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus – Boys at Samford are just plain weird. One minute they can be cool and talkative, but if you make the choice to talk to them first, they think you want to marry them. Girls are another story; I have met some pretty cool ones who know themselves and I have some (most) who are really fake.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-07T02:54:27Z
Hard to Fit in If You Are Not White – There is no diversity at Samford. Almost everyone here is white and comes from a missionary family. Not that it is a bad thing, but it makes it really difficult to fit in if you are Native American and come from a small school.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-06T04:53:35Z
While there are certainly people who do both drugs and alcohol at Samford, it is not very common and certainly not an open activity.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-06T04:50:39Z
Athletics aren't Samford's strong point. If you want a great team to cheer for, you probably shouldn't come to Samford. Most games are poorly attended. However, there are a few very dedicated fans.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-06T04:44:10Z
Advantages of Different Dorms – Almost everyone at Samford lives on campus. Freshmen have their own dorms in central campus. They are great because they are in the middle of everything and it helps you to get connected. They are also very close to the caf which is very convenient. Upperclassmen dorms are nicer and a bit further away and most have a kitchen in the building.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-06T00:04:26Z
We Are Diverse in Experience – Though we do not have much racial, religious, or ethnic diversity, students come from many backgrounds and different experiences. This makes the student life vibrant and full of many different opportunities.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-06T00:02:36Z
Caf Food Lacks Variety – Freshmen are required to have 19 meals a week and therefore don't have much variety from eating in the caf. However, we do have a food court for more options.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-05T23:53:58Z
Lots of Paperwork, but Not Bad – Financial Aid is not bad at Samford, but you do have to fill out a lot of paperwork.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-05T23:47:50Z
Samford is not known for excellence in its sports, and therefore the fan base isn't very large. It has good workout facilities, though.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-05T23:45:26Z
Close, Relatively Cheap Apartment – Birmingham has a good selection of apartments, and there are a couple very near Samford's campus with reasonable pricing.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-05T21:48:20Z
Samford is a great school. I love the personableness of the professors and the small class sizes. No school is going to be perfect, but Samford has been great for me. One thing I don't like is "Samford bubble"; that is here where many people feel like they have to look and act just the right way to fit in. That said, I think one of the best parts about Samford for me has been getting involved in the RUF ministry here where I have made several good friends, and, through fellowship and worship, have begun to find my identity in Christ and not in how I look or act. This has helped me to get to know and relate to people better and through those relationships to grow more deeply in love with Christ my Savior.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-05T21:34:49Z
Independents and Greeks Go Together – A little over 30% of Samford is Greek. However, either way you go isn't a huge deal. Not being Greek, I have many good Greek friends, and many independent friends as well.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-05T21:24:47Z
Health & Safety:
Be Smart and Saftey/Security Isn't a Problem – In general, campus is very safe and you really don't have much to worry about. The majority of things occur because people just aren't being smart and leave their GPS in the car or don't lock their doors.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-05T17:17:33Z
The facilities are great, especially the library and food court/Harry's. Those are the two most common places for students to do homework. The library has three floors. The first permits low level talking for help in studying, the second has low whisper, and the third floor is a no talking zone. The second and third floor have private rooms for studying with groups which could be ideal for people to get away and spread out for homework.
The food court has a sitting area, and many students choose to do homework there. The sitting area is open 24-7, although the food court is only open until midnight on weekdays, and has weird hours on weekends. Right next to the food court is a room called Harry's where many people choose to go do homework and hang out. It has a stage for the many concerts or presentations that are held there. It has had artists like Matt Wertz, Act of Congress, and several others.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-05T15:59:45Z
History Rocks! I love Samford. I have great professors who take a real interest in me and my life and in what they teach. My professors are knowledgeable about their subjects, but are not afraid to tell you if and when they do not know an answer. They're more than willing to look it up, though. The History Department has so many amazing professors- I believe that between them all, you could create a super detailed timeline of all of earth's history. It's not boring history that so many people think of; it's fun and engaging.
Recent Alumnus 2010-03-26T15:40:56Z
As in the rest of Alabama, Birmingham's weather is bipolar. For example, last week it was warm enough to wear shorts, but this week has been cold and rainy and some people even brought their sweatclothes back out. Because of the extreme humidity in Alabama, when the temperatures rise, it's extremely hot and muggy, but usually tolerable.
Recent Alumnus 2010-03-26T15:35:21Z
There are a lot of different restaurants on the same street as Samford. I can think of at least 15 restaurants that are within 5 minutes of Samford's campus. Not all of the restaurants offer student discounts, but many of them are student friendly.
Recent Alumnus 2010-03-26T15:33:41Z
Birmingham is, in my opinion, very college student friendly. There are malls, dollar theaters, dollar bowling, and several area churches with great college ministries.
Recent Alumnus 2010-03-25T21:15:29Z
Its Ok for Living on Campus – Residents in Vail or Smith have great parking, but Pittman parking sucks. I have no idea how it is in West Campus, but in Beeson Woods it's pretty good, unless you have to move your car in the early morning. The overflow from commuter parking apparently goes to Beeson Woods since I can't find good parking near my dorm, which is located very close to main campus. We have pretty large commuter, but I've heard you must get there early to get a good spot. You must get a decal for your car, or they will give you a ticket even if you're on the third floor of a parking deck away from everyone.
Recent Alumnus 2010-03-25T21:08:04Z
Vail, Luther – Vail is one of the freshman girl dorms. It is a great community; crazy and loud at times, but worth it. It has communal baths but that really isn't a problem. Buy a cheep pair of flip flops and a good robe and you're ready to go. I loved some of the conversations I had with the girls when we were washing our faces, sometimes even at two in the morning. I got to know those girls on my hall so well because of that.
Now I'm in Luther; it is so much more quiet, and we have a kitchen in the basement. Most of the dorms in Beeson Woods have basement kitchens. It is just me, my roommate and my two suite mates that I see regularly. We have two showers in our area so we do have to clean them out, but i don't have to wear flip flops in the shower anymore. I love having suite mates and randomly hanging out with them! We tend to spend a few hours that we should use for studying talking about movies or guys or other random subjects. It's a lot of fun.
Recent Alumnus 2010-03-25T21:02:17Z
The Caf – Because Samford is small we have but one cafeteria called the caf. At the beginning of freshman year the caf is great! The food tastes good, but by second semester it gets to be little tiresome, and by sophomore year well, it is very old. The food is good just not after a while, and to eat healthy, you are stuck with sandwiches and rabbit food. There is a food court that is pretty good downstairs and you get $130 a semester to spend in there that is attached to your tuition.
Recent Alumnus 2010-03-25T20:33:48Z
Very Strict – Samford is a private school with no drinking or drugs allowed. Punishments are severe.
Recent Alumnus 2010-03-25T20:32:30Z
Guys & Girls:
Wide Range of Guys and Girls – There are all types of people at Samford, from the typical preps and Southern belles to punks.
Recent Alumnus 2010-03-25T02:53:58Z
Samford's campus is so small that we do not need a transportation system on campus. Virtually everything is within walking distance. If you want to go anywhere off campus, you MUST drive. The city of Birmingham itself has public buses, but they are awful, and almost never running. I don't have a car, but almost all of my friends do, so finding a ride is never a problem.
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