Published on December 29, 2016 by Philip Poole 

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Samford University is celebrating its 175th anniversary. Chartered as Howard College by the Alabama state legislature on Dec. 29, 1841, the first classes were held on Jan. 3, 1842. Here’s a special anniversary message from President Andrew Westmoreland.

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.