Published on October 15, 2021 by Laura Lee Caum  
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Samford University was named a Tree Campus High Education institution for its work promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation. The university received the recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation.

In a letter to the president, the organization praised the university, writing, “your campus trees provide spaces of refuge and reflection.”

To obtain this distinction, Samford met the five core standards for effective campus forest management, including establishment of a tree advisory committee, evidence of a campus tree care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and the sponsorship of student service-learning projects.

Samford has historically protected and nourished the environment through planting trees. The university has even partnered with local organizations like the Homewood Environmental Commission and the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

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.