College Junior 2011-09-07T18:42:22Z
For commuters it is easy as long as you get there early enough to get a spot
College Junior 2011-09-07T18:41:25Z
Pretty Strict – Being a Christian school, there quite a few policies
College Junior 2011-08-15T17:34:15Z
I am in the Nursing Program and I absolutely love it. The professors are amazing. They truly care about not only teaching you the material you need to know but who are as a person. They like to get to know you one on one. The workload for Nursing is average, but it's worth it since you will be taking care of people's lives. The facilities are up-to-date and really exceeded my expectations. There are computerized "dummies" that you practice on as patients taking care of them and they can cough, talk to you, even simulate a heart attack.
College Junior 2011-08-15T17:24:23Z
Samford's academics are fantastic. The professors really are interested in helping you learn AND understand the curriculum. Class sizes are the perfect size between 15-30 students. The job opportunities are excellent. I am in the Nursing program and they work with all the major hospitals in the area. The passage rate of the NCLEX is outstanding as well which means that if the students are passing, they must have some pretty knowledgable professors :)
College Junior 2011-08-15T17:20:41Z
What More Could You Ask for?? There is a gorgeous shopping area with really cool eateries such as sandwich shops and of course frozen yogurt :) There is a nice Zoo that just had five baby cubs. The safety of the campus makes you feel safe and secure but not overwhelmed. Everyone is very helpful and so nice.
College Junior 2011-08-13T21:59:57Z
Opportunities and More – I love that the professors are very understanding. You can tell they really care about the student. The curriculum is top notch. The registration process was fairly easy. I love that Samford offers so many special study options, such as: Study abroad and Jan term. I could not have picked a better place.
College Junior 2011-08-12T04:50:56Z
Not the Most Diverse, but Definitely Trying – Samford, being a Southern, private, and Baptist affiliated school, is not exactly the most diverse group. Yet the students here are all well aware of their circumstances and are highly encouraged to become involved in the Birmingham community, to participate in missions work, and to take advantage of study abroad opportunities.
College Junior 2011-08-12T04:47:42Z
Birmingham is the best college town: not too big, not too small. There are several other private colleges in the city, and the University of Alabama is not far away is you want state school action. The shopping is all you can ask for from a city of Bham's size; it has great options for big spenders or thrifty shoppers. Foodies will love the variety of restaurants, and the activities in the city are numerous, including awesome concerts. Above all, the kindness and Southern charm of Bham's citizens makes it a welcoming place for young adults learning to live on their own.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-18T01:57:21Z
Drinking and Drugs? What's That? Okay, so I admit that both probably happen on campus (from what I understand, drinking is far more popular... I don't think I've ever heard of a drug incident on campus and only a few people smoke.) Samford is a dry campus, which means drinking (or even having alcohol in one's dorm) if a major offense(especially if you're underage). RAs can't go through your stuff, but they can check refrigerators before breaks and most people who get caught are stupid enough to leave it in plain sight. Possession of alcohol means a values violation (2 and you're out) and drugs can get you kicked out immediately. A few fraternities have been put on probation for alcohol-related offenses, but it's really up to you if you want to have anything to do with alcohol or not.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-18T01:50:33Z
There's Always Something to Do! I don't get out much, but there's always something happening on campus or at a nearby church. The Verizon amphitheater hosts great artists, and Samford's been known to reel in a few good ones too (most recently, the Avett Brothers, Joe Nichols, and needtobreathe). And if none of that interests you, there is probably something happening in the Bham that will.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-18T01:44:40Z
Professors Really Know Their Stuff – As a History major, I've taken my fair share of History courses thus far and I can say without a doubt that most of the professors are experts in their field. They are really interested in the specific time period or type of history they're teaching, and they bring that excitement to the classroom. I've had a mix of workloads, from hardly any to massive amounts of reading, but that really depends on the classes you take. Also, Historian's craft is required for all history majors- it's essentially a trial run for your senior thesis, in which you write a really big paper, but have the entire semester to do it.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-16T23:50:57Z
Samford has a weather alert system in place to notify students if there is inclement weather and how it impacts scheduled classes. Classes have been cancelled due to severe weather including tornado and snow events. However, the proximity of the buildings makes walking on campus easy no matter what the weather.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-16T23:48:16Z
Samford has adequate parking on campus. The parking deck is located at the back of the campus. Other parking seems to meet the needs of students, faculty, and campus visitors.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-16T23:43:43Z
Masters of Masters – Samford University has perfected the offering of special study options by offering an educational cohort for the Masters in Instructional Leadership. I have had excellent professors so far. I love that the program of study can be completed in a year. The admissions process to the program is rigorous. Each applicant submits a portfolio and must achieve certain criteria including appropirate GRE scores. The workload is challenging yet manageable even for a mother of two who is working full time.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-12T15:58:51Z
The workout facilities are great with plenty of machines and individual tvs. Great dining facility. Great career services and overrall professors are excellent and give bonus opportunities.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-12T15:41:49Z
Samford University just got new Mac computers in the library computer lab and there are other computers throughout campus to provide for students.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-12T15:40:50Z
Family Studies Department – The Family Studies Department at Samford University is excellent. All the professors go out of there way to help you and they all have doctorates and worked in the field that they teach. They provide internships for all of their students and this program allows you to become a CFLE if you obtain two years of working experience out of college without taking the examination.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-06T05:48:57Z
Just Don't Be Stupid – We use a "Values Violation" system. Our values are outlined in the handbook, and when rules are infringed, a student receives a "values violation." When you get three violations, you are expelled from the school. One rule everyone hates is the ban on jumping into our fountains in the plazas. As far as drug/alcohol usage goes, some fraternities and sororities have mandatory bag checks for those substances before boarding a bus to a party. If you are going to do any of that, just don't be stupid about it and you shouldn't have to worry. These guys are strict, though, so if you get caught, they give you a "values violation" and revoke your international travel privileges.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-06T05:29:09Z
Guys & Girls:
The Magic Number – The ratio of guys to girls in my class (2013) is 3 to 7. That's THREE guys for every SEVEN girls. It's a running joke at Samford that all the girls come there to get hitched to a good ole Baptist boy. However, that doesn't happen very often. Really, the dating scene is kind of weak. It's actually one of the weirdest things I've ever seen. The women of Samford are particularly beautiful, and I mean GORGEOUS. The men are handsome and typically good ole Southern boys. All the greeks date each other, but a lot of the independents wait a while to meet a good match. Ring by spring? Not for Samford!
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-06T05:13:53Z
The Ivy League of the South – Samford University is an academically rigorous school. The liberal arts core is fantastic, and for those that want more, the faculty of each department are the most helpful people I have met in my life. Because the school is small, most classrooms will never exceed forty students, and the professors will take time to answer individual questions and meet with them after class. It's an indispensable feature.
I am a University Fellow at Samford, which is a group of students with exceptional talents and an aspiration for academic success, similar to an honors school, but better. The Fellow's curriculum is interdisciplinary and tougher, but we receive only the best education from the best professors Samford has to offer. I would suggest any high school student with a love for learning register for the program immediately. GPA and test scores are certainly not everything, and many of us were accepted for solid application essays and interviews.
By far the best feature of Samford academics is its faculty. We have some of the brightest thinkers in the world in the front of our classrooms guiding us through intense (and sometimes humorous) discussions. But while they are excellent lecturers and discussion guides, I am extremely impressed with their openness to students outside the classroom. I have met with more than 10 different professors to seek guidance on everything from class-work to personal research to (now and then) personal issues. I have had 4 professors invite our classes to their houses, and one took me out for a chat over burgers during the summer term! Now and then I'll sit down with them at the cafeteria tables for lunch. It's quite a treat.
Overall, the academic experience at Samford is what you decide to make it. The professors are great, and the possibilities are limitless for those who want a true academic experience.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-02T03:15:17Z
Greeks & Independents Friends – This is one of the things that I love about Samford; Greeks and Independent can get along just fine and be friends. It is true, though, those most leadership positions on campus are held by students who are Greek. But there are many un-noticed organzations that are completely ran by Independents. Sometimes Greeks are seen as students who have the power because they have their sisters/brothers to vote for them, but I have discovered that there are some Greeks that just vote for the best person running. There are Greek houses for each of the social sororities/fraternities on campus.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-02T03:06:17Z
Living on campus means that you are going to be more involved than those who don't. Because the campus is small, it is easy to walk from Point A to Point B in less than 15 minutes. Freshman all live together in Vail, Pittman, and Smith. I found this very convenient as a Freshman because all the people in my building were at the same level as I was and it was easy to connect with others. Upperclassman get the choice to live in Beeson Woods, Pittman, Student Apartments on campus, or in a Fraternity/Sorority house if they are Greek. Beeson Woods is nicer than the Freshman dorms because you feel more grown up, but a downside is that you probably don't know most of the people in your building unless it is reserved for a sorority/fraternity. Pittman is nice for proximity to everything, but is secluded from most of the upperclassmen. Student Apartments are the most in-demand places to live on campus because they have the feel of actually apartments, but they are far away from the main part of campus so it can be a little bit of a hike to get to places. The Fraternity and Sorority houses are great for students who are Greek because they get to live with students who are in the same organization, but a downside is that sometimes they feel secluded from their Independent friends or Freshman. The cost really isn't bad considering what off-campus students pay, even when they share an apartment.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-02T02:57:53Z
On Top of It – The Education Department is really on top of the new learning styles and theories and teaching them to the students before they enter the program. The workload can be rigorous and seem like busy-work, but it the end it is all worth it and actually very helpful. Right now, the curriculum is being restructured as new education laws are being made. Some classes are being added to and dropped from the requirements. As of right now, a second language is not a requirement, but most of the students within the department want to make it a requirement and drop some of the repetitive P.E. courses. The facilities are great because there is a teacher-work room for the educational students that is very inexpensive to use, especially during Student Interning. In many of the courses, students do evaluations for Music, Art, P.E., and Academic courses which I have found to be extremely helpful. The Internships are amazing because you get to work in different school settings as you become certified in just about everything related to Elementary Education. Students are certified in the following: to teach Music, to teach Art, to teach P.E., to be an Elementary teacher, to teach in an Early Childhood environment, and to teach Special Education. The only thing that I have found as a downside is that with the reconstruction going on throughout the department, some of the faculty members have different opinions on education, particularly in continuing college to get a Master's Degree before getting a job.
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-17T17:49:46Z
Great Community and Future Opportunity – Samford is a place that invites people of all backgrounds to become a part of an academic community. The community here is rich and the experiences are endless. This university is so intentional about preparing it's students for the job market. I feel safe about my future with the experience I am gaining at and through Samford
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-17T17:43:10Z
Good Student to Professor Ratio – At Samford University the student to professor ratio is 1:12. This means that professors are always available for questions and open to meeting with students. The curriculum at Samford works in preparing you for the real world and building your application.
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