Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2009-08-14

Samford University is included in the 2010 edition of The Princeton Review's popular guidebook, "The Best 371 Colleges" (Random House/Princeton Review) as one of the country's best institutions for undergraduate education.

Only about 15 percent of America's 2,500 four-year colleges and two Canadian colleges are profiled in the book. It includes detailed profiles of  the colleges with school rating scores in eight categories, plus ranking lists of top 20 schools in 62 categories based on The Princeton Review's surveys of students attending the colleges.

The  Princeton Review makes its choices on institutional data gathered about schools, feedback from students attending them, and input from staff who visit hundreds of colleges each year.

The school profiles also have ratings that are based largely on institutional data the Review collected during the 2008-09 academic year. Ratings are scores on a scale of 60 to 99 that are tallied in eight categories, including admissions selectivity, financial aid, fire safety and green, a rating that is a measure of a school's commitment to environmentally related policies, practices and education.

Samford's scores included a 92 on quality of life and 91 on admissions selectivity.

Samford, Alabama's largest privately supported college or university, expects a fall enrollment of about 4,500.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.