Published on October 9, 2020  
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Collectively, Samford University’s ten academic schools offer 177 undergraduate majors and 70 graduate programs. This fall, to provide prospective students a glimpse into what makes a Samford degree distinct, many schools are offering virtual and in-person open house events.

The date and format of each event vary by school, but they all seek to provide similar experiences.  Prospective students will hear from faculty and current students, have the opportunity to ask questions of admission staff, learn more about admission requirements and see Samford’s campus and unique facilities.

Virtual events will be hosted through online platforms, like WebEx and Zoom, and in-person events will take place on Samford’s campus, but attendance will be limited.

School of the Arts

Samford’s School of the Arts is hosting several custom virtual admission events for prospective undergraduate students based on their interests. These events include:

  • Backstage Pass, a behind-the-scenes look at studying music at Samford on Oct. 23 with the Division of Music.
  • Audition Prep Studios on Nov. 6 hosted by the Department of Theatre and Dance.
  • Art and Design Days are scheduled for Oct. 23 and Nov. 6 with the Division of Art and Design.
  • The Department of Christian Ministry will host students on Oct. 22 and Nov. 5.

All events will combine an overview along with faculty breakout sessions. Attendees will receive helpful information about the admission process to the School of the Arts.

Howard College of Arts & Sciences

Samford’s Howard College of Arts and Sciences invites prospective students to explore the school’s website to learn more about its more than 40 majors and concentrations, and find contact information for program directors and department chairs. Students interested in the school’s journalism and mass communication program can connect with professor Betsy Emmons each Thursday via Zoom.

Working professionals and upper-level undergraduates can learn more about the school’s all-online Master of Science in Environmental Management degree (including joint M.B.A. and J.D. options) and graduate certificates in environmental management and geographic information systems by contacting Anthony Overton, chair of the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences.

Brock School of Business

Samford’s Brock School of Business offers both undergraduate majors and graduate degrees. This fall, due to GMAT and GRE exam delays in relation to COVID-19, Brock School of Business is waiving the entry exam requirement for interested Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) and Master of Accountancy (M.Acc.) applicants with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0. This waiver will apply to the spring and summer 2021 terms only. Interested applicants may connect Elizabeth Gambrell, associate director of academic programs, to schedule a virtual visit or information session. 

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Beeson Divinity School

Samford’s Beeson Divinity School is hosting virtual Preview Days this fall. These online events are free, and everyone who attends will have their $35 application fee waived. If you are unable to attend a Preview Day, prospective students can schedule an individual visit on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. These days include a campus tour, a class visit and a meeting with an admission staff member. Upon registering to visit, someone from the school’s admission office will contact you with a specific itinerary and instructions for the day.

Upcoming Dates

Orlean Beeson School of Education

Samford’s Orlean Beeson School of Education has four undergraduate programs as well as several master’s and doctoral degrees. Graduate programs include:

  • M.S.E. in Elementary Education Fifth-year Nontraditional
  • M.S.E. in K-12 Collaborative Special Education Fifth-year Nontraditional
  • M.S.E. in Secondary Education Fifth-year Nontraditional
  • M.S.E in Elementary Education, M.S.E. in Gifted Education
  • M.S.E. in Instructional Leadership
  • Educational Specialist Degree
  • Doctorate of Education

To learn more about Orlean Beeson School of Education’s graduate programs, prospective students can schedule virtual, one-on-one appointments for admission advising throughout the year with Brooke Karr, the school’s graduate admission coordinator.

School of Health Professions

Samford’s School of Health Professions is offering both virtual and in-person open house events this fall for two of its graduate programs: Doctor of Physical Therapy and M.S. in Speech Language Pathology. Virtual events will take place over Zoom. Registration is limited for in-person events and those who attend should be prepared to follow Samford’s COVID-19 regulations, including wearing face coverings and social distancing.

Upcoming Dates  Virtual Visit

Cumberland School of Law

Prospective law students are invited to an Open House with Cumberland School of Law on Friday, Nov. 6, beginning at 2 p.m. Tour the law school, hear from faculty and students during Q&A discussion panels, learn about scholarships and fellowships, discover the law school’s programs and centers and gain a thorough understanding of the admission process. Due to COVID-19 and physical distancing requirements, this year’s event is limited to the first 50 registrants.

Cumberland will also host four Zoom sessions designed to educate students on the admission process and introduce them to students, faculty and alumni from wherever you are. Additionally, members of the Office of Admission welcome you to join them at the Law School Admission Council’s (LSAC) virtual forum at select dates throughout the year.

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Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing

Samford’s Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing will offer virtual question-and-answer sessions for many of its graduate programs. Prospective students interested in the RN to M.S.N. nurse practitioner program are invited to a virtual session on Oct. 13. Prospective nurse anesthesia students should register for the Nov. 17 session. In addition to the virtual events, prospective students can schedule one-on-one appointments with Allyson Maddox, director of graduate student services.

Upcoming Dates  Virtual Visit

McWhorter School of Pharmacy

Samford’s McWhorter School of Pharmacy is offering virtual open house events each month this fall for its Doctor of Pharmacy and prepharmacy programs. These online events will be hosted via WebEx, and to access the link, you must register in advance. In addition to open houses, prospective students can schedule one-on-one virtual or in-person appointments with the school’s admission staff.

Upcoming Dates

School of Public Health

Samford’s School of Public Health is offering virtual open house events each month this fall for its seven graduate programs, which include: Dietetic Internship, Doctor of Public Health, Master of Healthcare Administration, Master of Public Health, M.S. in Health Informatics & Analytics, M.S. in Nutrition and Master of Social Work.

These events are hosted completely online via WebEx, and to receive the access link, you must register in advance. Prospective students can also schedule individual virtual appointments with Karen Eddins, the school’s recruiter, or request a virtual meeting with faculty.

Upcoming Dates  Virtual Visit

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.