Published on September 11, 2017 by Philip Poole  
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Samford University continues a growth pattern that began eight years ago and exceeds national norms, setting a fall enrollment record for the ninth consecutive year. University officials announced a record of 5,509 students as of Sept. 8.  

Included in the totals are 3,373 undergraduate and 2,136 graduate/professional students, both records, representing 45 states, the District of Columbia, and 29 other countries. The freshman class is one of the most diverse and academically accomplished in Samford history. 

“At a time when many private institutions are struggling with enrollment, we are blessed,” said Samford President Andrew Westmoreland. “Our institutional story is ably and effectively told by motivated, trustworthy staff and faculty members throughout our admissions and retention process, and I am grateful to them for creating an environment that is so focused on students and their families.” 

Samford University is regularly recognized as one of the top national Christian universities in the United States. In its annual ranking of the best colleges, U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford #4 in the South among regional universities and #3 in the South for best undergraduate teaching.  Samford also is recognized as the top-ranked university in the state of Alabama in rankings published by Forbes Inc., The Economist and The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education

“The records come at a time of national recognition and expansion across all academic schools at Samford University,” Westmoreland added. “These rankings, combined with our enrollment records, affirm Samford’s already strong reputation as we expand our reach nationally and globally.” 

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.