Recent Alumnus 2010-05-18T01:43:23Z
Health & Safety:
Safe Most of the Time – Samford is a fairly safe campus because of the callboxes located throughout and patrolling officers riding around. However, I heard of a recent incident about a Peeping Tom who easily outran security, and male students were actually the ones to bring the suspect down. That's rather frightening.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-17T04:21:27Z
Caf Gets Old...But Good Overall. There's only one real place to eat at Samford, and that's the cafeteria (aka the Caf). As a first semester freshman, your food options in the Caf seem limitless, but the longer you eat there, the smaller the variety seems. However, compared to my friends' colleges, our food options are pretty good. However, it is fairly expensive for the required 19-meal plan (for freshman...everyone else can pick a smaller meal plan if they wish). There is also a food court that is open until midnight in case you miss dinner hours in the caf, or if you just get tired of the same old Caf food.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-17T04:18:33Z
Almost everyone has their own laptops, so it usually isn't a problem finding a free computer in a computer lab. Printing used to be free, but they just changed it so that you have a print quota that is renewed every semester. But unless you are printing outrageous amounts of stuff, you won't use all of it. So no worries there. I have wireless everywhere on campus...sometimes a little slow, but usually it works just fine.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-17T04:16:16Z
Night Life Is NOT Clubbing – I don't really go to clubs that often. Fun night activities include trips to Waffle House or Yogurt Mountain, spontaneous dance parties with friends, climbing trees (or the belltower at Reid Chapel), watching movies, or just hanging out with people in general. Maybe it's just this way for my group of friends. I'm sure that there are people who do go clubbing. I would recommend Bottletree the first Friday of every month. That's about it.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-17T01:29:37Z
The People Make It Happen – Samford is a wonderful place with wonderful people. Your professors truly care and will invest in you. Take the time to get to know those around you--faculty, staff, and other students.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-17T01:28:09Z
Good, but Area Specific. Parking isn't normally a problem, it's just that you're limited to the areas you can park based on where you live or if you're a commuter. Visitors often have a hard time finding a place to park safe from tickets as well.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-16T19:52:31Z
Campus Safety at Samford is pretty good and they are pretty lenient towards being college students and doing dumb things every once in a while. However, other campus policies such as visitation require students of the opposite sex to check in at a residence life office before they can enter opposite sex housing. This rule is acceptable for freshman, but should be lessened as the years go on.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-16T19:46:12Z
Samford students are all generally from the same background and socioeconomic statuses. It is a small private school, which is what attracts this particular people group. There is not much diversity among students, but everyone is different in their own way which is what I like about the school.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-16T03:39:07Z
Be Yourself – Yes, there are some stiffs and weird people who will judge you, but people like that are everywhere. At Samford you can just be yourself and still find a group that will love you and don't judge you.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-16T03:34:07Z
Things for the Non Drinkers – There are quite a few things to do without drinking! There are parks and a few hiking trails, along with three malls within close proximity to Samford; one is even within walking distance. There is also the Mcwain Center that has a lot of cool exhibits. And so many concerts!
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-16T03:05:38Z
It seemed to rain a lot this year, which makes it annoying when I walk to classes far away from each other. However, there was a lovely, lovely spring.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-16T03:04:45Z
It's Not Prevalent – If it is prevalent, I don't know of any good friends who use drugs.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-16T03:03:50Z
Being Greek is just like being in the music school or a campus ministry. People that are in it make it a big deal because they enjoy it, but independents are not marginalized.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-15T22:11:19Z
Guys & Girls:
Do You Have a Ring Yet? Samford is consumed by the idea that dating is for marriage. Boys don't want to ask girls on a casual date because as soon as they are seen together, people will be asking when the wedding is.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-15T22:08:11Z
Not Student Friendly – There are a lot of restaurants within a 15 minute drive of campus, but they are not always very cheap. It would be nice to have more places where meals are under $7.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-15T22:06:25Z
Profs Very Accommodating – Our professors are incredibly accommodating, they ask us how we learn best and will try to gear the curriculum to suit our learning styles. They are always available to assist with studying for tests, questions on homework, talking about life in general, and finding jobs. They really do whatever they can to help us succeed.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-15T21:41:54Z
Cars Not Necessity – Cars really aren't a necessity if you live on campus. As long as you know someone who has a car, mostly everyone who has one is willing to take you to Wal-Mart or wherever you need to go. You will always be able to find someone who has a car. I had a car, and maybe drove it once per week.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-15T21:35:44Z
Support for Sports Could Be Improved – Support for Samford Athletics could definitely be improved. There is a lack of unity between sports and the rest of the Samford community. I thoroughly enjoyed going to all of the football games, and some of the baseball games, but it wasn't always the most enthusiastic atmosphere.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-15T21:31:50Z
You don't come to Samford for the exciting sports atmosphere.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-15T21:30:45Z
Lack of diverse housing options - the student apartments are the only one that have in-room kitchens.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-15T21:29:50Z
Samford provides opportunities to have fun with fellow classmates. Our class decided to have a Rave, and it was one of the best nights I've had here at Samford this year. The time I spend to socialize with most people is when I eat in the caf. You are able to see almost all of your friends then.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-15T19:40:38Z
Greek life at Samford is awesome. They sponsor tons of great events and do not segregate themselves from the rest of the Samford community. If Greeks really are brothers and sisters, they definitely have no problem adopting us independents into their families.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-15T19:15:47Z
The atmosphere at Samford is wonderful. We live in a community that seems like a world of its own complete with beautiful landscaping. And while we are a very close-knit community that resides in a gated area, we are only minutes away from the big city and tons of exciting attractions to explore.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-15T19:08:28Z
There are several different places you can go if you need a computer. It is easy to find an open computer and the printing is very convenient.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-15T18:42:51Z
Amazing Teachers – Samford's teachers take the time to personally invest in their students. It is a great learning environment and academically rewarding interacting with both professors and students.
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