White, middle-class members make up the vast majority of the Samford community. Because of this, minority students often find it hard to really fit in at Samford. Segregation is obvious in the cafeteria, but there are many exceptions to this rule, especially among athletes. There are many international students, especially from Korea, who are good friends with American students. Also, an organization for missionary kids is made up of close companions who understand what it's like to grow up outside of the United States.
On Sundays, nearly everyone goes to church, regardless of whether their hearts have been convicted to do so. It appears as though Christianity is a religion people are merely raised with, but have no personal connection to. Some students only want to please their other church-going friends. Conforming is an ongoing pattern in the South, though, so Samford really is not to blame. In the classroom, however, different cultures and beliefs are discussed, encouraging students to think outside the normal box. In some cultural perspective classes, students are assigned the project of going out into the Birmingham community to different religious worship centers and restaurants owned by immigrants. This prompts students to learn about cultures other than the South. In "General Psychology," an evolutionary approach is taken to explain and predict human behaviors, keeping up with secular universities.