Recent Alumnus 2010-03-25T02:44:28Z
Fairly Reliable Wireless System and Portal – Samford Wireless works really well throughout campus. I've never had any problems with internet connection. The Samford Portal (and Blackboard) is what we use online for all of our grades, assignments, and campus email. Sometimes the portal system will have periodic outages, but usually they tell us ahead of time. It's fairly organized.
Recent Alumnus 2010-03-24T04:19:47Z
How It Is Set Apart – The school is private and small so everyone knows almost everyone. It is very cliquy. Greek kids hang with Greek kids, athletic people hang with athletic people. The facilities in the art department are not so great; they could be better. The room I work in is extremely uninspiring. The school does offer a lot of study abroad programs and it is easy to get involved in the Greek system because there are only four sororities and four fraternities.
Recent Alumnus 2010-03-24T04:16:26Z
People do not go out much on the weekends. A few groups do go to bars and clubs but most people just go to movies or hang in the dorms.
Recent Alumnus 2010-03-24T04:14:51Z
There are plenty of housing options that are off campus. There are good neighborhoods surrounding the school and apartment complexes within a short drive from the school. Off-campus housing is very convenient and there is plenty of parking. Some areas around campus are not very safe, but most neighborhoods are.
Recent Alumnus 2010-03-23T20:30:09Z
Who Knows What Will Happen! It's Alabama. One day it will be below freezing and the next day you will sweat if you don't wear a tanktop. Most of us just stick our heads outside in the morning to decide what we should wear that day. On the few days when it's supposed to snow, it can get a little confusing because they wait until the very last minute to decide whether to cancel classes, but we have a weather hotline that we can call to see if they've been cancelled or not. When the weather is nice, everyone is outside on the beautiful quad with hammocks and frisbees.
Recent Alumnus 2010-03-23T20:22:32Z
You Don't Have to Be in It to Have Friends – I'm not part of Greek life, but from an independent's standpoint, I think Greek life is handled very well at Samford. Socially, there's really no difference between a Greek and a non-Greek... everyone gets along. My friends in Greek life have only two general complaints: Greek life is monstrously expensive, and sometimes there are too many Greek activities to juggle with studying. They all seem to genuinely enjoy it, though.
Recent Alumnus 2010-03-23T14:08:21Z
Samford's campus is so beautiful, especially during the spring and fall seasons and around Christmas time. My favorite experience was the massive snowball fight on the quad in which hundreds of students participated. Also, participating in Step Sing was probably one of my best memories because, for Samford, Step Sing is comparable to college football for a state school. I would definitely choose Samford over again because of the amazing friends I've made, the things such as lacrosse that anyone can get involved in, and the pharmacy school that's conveniently located right on campus.
Recent Alumnus 2010-03-23T14:03:59Z
Not Bad – Teachers and RAs are usually very aware that we're old enough to make decisions for ourselves so they aren't super strict on things unless you're being obnoxiously disobedient. They do keep people in line though.
Recent Alumnus 2010-03-23T04:44:27Z
There Is None – The only transportation offered is bikes you can rent for free, but they are usually always rented.
Recent Alumnus 2010-03-23T04:43:02Z
Easy to Find Spot, Cheap Permits – Parking is actually really great. There is a whole parking deck just for freshmen, and the permits are really cheap compared to other schools. I just wish the freshmen parking deck was closer to my dorm.
Recent Alumnus 2010-03-23T04:39:08Z
Teachers Care and Curriculum Is Fairly Easy – I love the fact that the teachers care about individual students, but the general education classes are very easy and didn't really teach me anything. Registration is fairly easy and I havent had a problem getting into a class I need. I am pre-pharmacy so I study a lot of science and the difficulty of these classes seems appropriate.
Recent Alumnus 2010-03-23T03:53:10Z
Suitcase School – Everyone goes home. Night activities are sparse at best. There is virtually nothing to do here.
Recent Alumnus 2010-03-23T03:40:40Z
Athletic Centers Are Nice, Pretty Trees, About It – Really Samford does have a gorgeous campus. Unfortunately, the buildings used for learning do not receive as much of an emphasis with keeping up-to-date as do the athletic facilities. One can only guess why that would be.
Recent Alumnus 2010-03-23T03:39:49Z
Health & Safety:
Food Workers Unclean, Policemen Scarier Than Students – The campus safety personnel are more frightening and present more perceived harm to me than do any fellow students.
Also, I remember on one specific occasion, as I was leaving the restroom, a cafeteria worker exited a stall after having used it, without washing his hands, and walked straight back in to the food preparation area.
Recent Alumnus 2010-03-23T02:24:00Z
I feel like there is more they could do to help students that are really struggling and need help. I understand that money is tight, but I believe there is more that could be done to help those who need it.
Recent Alumnus 2010-03-23T02:14:36Z
Not Seen too Much but It's There – Drugs and alcohol are not visibly seen but it is used and I think there is peer pressure towards those items. The policy is well enforced but there are always people who break the rule.
Recent Alumnus 2010-03-23T02:04:16Z
Campus Life Is Good but EXPENSIVE – I like the dorms; they are not bad but it is very very expensive and the price keeps rising and rising. Everything is accessible and nice. The dorms are clean but freshman dorms should have kitchen areas in the basements.
Recent Alumnus 2010-03-22T22:58:30Z
None at All – If you're not a white southerner, you won't fit in and you won't have a good time.
Recent Alumnus 2010-03-22T22:55:32Z
I would have to give campus dining a C because compared to my high school it was a step up. However, I did go to a boarding school so that might have something to do with it. There isn't much variety to it and they dont have a soup station. The salad station doesn't have a lot of choices and sometimes their yogurt station is missing yogurt. They do however have pizza, grilled chicken, and a variety of cereals that many students find themselves eating on a more regular basis than they would have liked...
Recent Alumnus 2010-03-22T22:52:18Z
Samford is advertised to be situated in Birmingham with lots of local attractions and activities. Although I may be slightly bias, being from Hong Kong, I get more of a suburbia feel to Samford. Located in one of the richer areas of Birmingham, the campus is gorgeous, but there is a five minute drive to anything, even Walmart. This is fine if the student owns a car, but if you do not, there is no public transport except taxis and very few sidewalks. No one really knows how to drive safely around these parts and it would definitely be too dangerous to walk anywhere. The local Walmart is not too bad until sundown; then I would recommend going in larger groups. Overall, Samford has too much of a high school atmosphere.
Recent Alumnus 2010-03-17T04:55:08Z
Beautiful Campus – Most everyone, upon first sight of Samford, say that it is one of the most beautiful campuses they have ever seen. It is referred to as the Samford Bubble because it is right over the mountain from downtown Birmingham, but you don't even realize it till you start thinking about it. During the warmer months, students will recline in the hammocks, lie on the grass and do their homework, or just enjoy the beautful Quad. The courses are very rigorous, but the teachers usually help students if they are struggling in a subject. Some subjects, such as math, offer free tutoring on campus! There are so many opportunities to get plugged into anything you enjoy doing. One of the biggest organizations on campus is University Ministries. They do many things such as having a choir, having a worship service every Tuesday night called Shiloh, and so much more! Another big organization is SGA that has many branches from Freshman Forum to the Students Activities Council to being an SGA officer. There are also a handful of wonderful sororities and fraternities, but about 80% of students are Independent. What differs from state schools is that the Greeks get along just find with the Independents.
Recent Alumnus 2010-03-17T04:38:29Z
Printing Limit – Our computers are located throughout the entire library which is nice when you are on a different floor than the computer lab. It tends to be more crowded during midterms and finals, so sometimes it is smart to bring your laptop and then just go print out whatever you need. On that note, there is a 5,000 page print-out limit that came into effect the 2010 Spring semester. It was placed in order to conserve paper. If you use it up, you can buy more. The printers print out on front and back which is 2 pages. Each 2 pages is worth 10 credits. Because of this, a lot of students have bought their own printers. There is Wi-Fi across the entire campus and it works really well. There are times when it needs maintainance, but it is usually during the hours when you won't be using it.
Recent Alumnus 2010-03-17T04:18:17Z
Guys & Girls:
Guys Are Gentlemen, and Everyone Is Friendly! The guys may not always ask you out, but if they see a girl coming, they will typically wait for her and hold the door open for her! Everyone is very nice and friendly and don't judge you or look down upon people because they are different. It's an atmosphere that is so awesome!
Recent Alumnus 2010-03-17T03:54:59Z
The Summit – The Summit is full of great stores in which to shop such as Belk, Saks Fifth Avenue, Ann Taylor, Annthropologie, Chico's, Claire's, The Fitting Touch, Francesca's Collections, Gloss Denim Bar, J. Jill, Juicy Couture, Lotus Boutique, MiGi's Boutique, New York & Company, Victoria's Secret, White House | Black Market, Banana Republic, Express, GAP, J. Crew, Lucky Brand Jeans, Old Navy, Urban Outfitters, Abercrombie, Aldo, Clarks, Marmi Shoes, Merrell, Hallmark, Barnes & Noble, Campus Spirit, Coach, Swoozie's, Vera Bradley, Mountain High Outfitters, Bath & Body Works, L' Occitane, M.A.C Cosmetics, Sephora, Bed Bath & Beyond, Pier 1 Imports, Apple, and many more! It also has some great restaurants such as California Pizza Kitchen, Cheesecake Factory, FLIP Burger, Johnny Rockets, Macaroni Grill, Sweet Bones Alabama, Village Tavern, Tavern on the Summit, Zoe's Kitchen, Joe Mugg's, and many more! There is also a movie theatre there, too. The only thing it really lacks is fast food restaurants for college students on a budget.
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