Samford University

Private, Four-years School Located in Birmingham, AL

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How much is the Samford tuition? For the academic year 2023-2024, Samford's tuition & fees is $38,144.
With indirect costs not billed by school, such as room & boards and personal living expenses, the total cost of attendance for one academic year is $55,353 when a student lives on-campus.

Samford Tuition & Expenses

2022-2023 Rate
Tuition & Fees$38,144
Books & Supplies Costs$1,000
On-campus Room & Board$11,264
On-campus Expenses$4,945
Off-campus Room & Board$13,950
Off-campus Expenses$5,525
2023-2024 Projection
Tuition & Fees$36,724

How Much Does it Cost to Go to Samford for 4 Years?

For the class of 2027, who entering colleges in 2023, the 4 years tuition & fees is $167,895 at Samford. The estimated tuition rate is based on the changes over last 5 years. With room & board, books, and other personal expenses, the estimated 4 years costs of attendance is $233,285. After receiving financial aid including grants, scholarships, and/or student loans, the 4 years COA is down to $144,500.
The following table computes the 4 years tuition and COA by class of year.
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2023-24)$39,618$55,882$34,932
Sophomore (2024-25)$41,149$57,468$35,708
Junior (2025-26)$42,739$59,114$36,513
Senior (2026-27)$44,390$60,821$37,347
4 Years Total$167,895$233,285$144,500
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2024-25)$41,149$57,468$35,708
Sophomore (2025-26)$42,739$59,114$36,513
Junior (2026-27)$44,390$60,821$37,347
Senior (2027-28)$46,105$62,592$38,211
4 Years Total$174,382$239,994$147,779
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2025-26)$42,739$59,114$36,513
Sophomore (2026-27)$44,390$60,821$37,347
Junior (2027-28)$46,105$62,592$38,211
Senior (2028-29)$47,886$64,429$39,106
4 Years Total$181,120$246,956$151,177
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2026-27)$44,390$60,821$37,347
Sophomore (2027-28)$46,105$62,592$38,211
Junior (2028-29)$47,886$64,429$39,106
Senior (2029-30)$49,737$66,336$40,035
4 Years Total$188,118$254,178$154,699
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2027-28)$46,105$62,592$38,211
Sophomore (2028-29)$47,886$64,429$39,106
Junior (2029-30)$49,737$66,336$40,035
Senior (2030-31)$51,658$68,314$40,997
4 Years Total$195,387$261,672$158,349

Average Tuition By School Type and Comparison

Compared to four-years schools nationwide, Samford' tuition is much higher than the average tuition of $20,937. Compared to private, four-years colleges in Alabama, its tuition is much higher than the average tuition of $15,848.
In-StateOut-of-State
Samford University$38,144
U.S. Four-years Colleges$18,672
Public Schools$7,199$12,960
Private Schools$20,937
Alabama Four-years Colleges$15,034
Public Schools$7,408$14,073
Private Schools$15,848

Compare Similar School's Tuition

The next table compares the tuition & fees between Samford and similar schools. The similar colleges are selected by school type & level (private, four-years), ranking, and comparison frequency by our users. The comparison is based on 2022-2023 tuition rate.
LocationUndergraduateGraduate
Samford UniversityBirmingham, AL$38,144$22,604
Gwynedd Mercy UniversityGwynedd Valley, PA$38,310$15,789
University of Wisconsin-La CrosseLa Crosse, WI$18,691$20,609
Springfield CollegeSpringfield, MA$43,707$36,311
York College of PennsylvaniaYork, PA$24,606$12,240
Emerson CollegeBoston, MA$55,392$34,352
LeTourneau UniversityLongview, TX$35,500$16,875
Saint Joseph's UniversityPhiladelphia, PA$51,340$19,786
Kettering UniversityFlint, MI$46,380$14,384
Bryant UniversitySmithfield, RI$51,169$49,960
William Carey UniversityHattiesburg, MS$14,685$12,672

Financial Aid and COA

At Samford University, 3,500 students (97%) received grant or scholarship from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources. The average amount of grant/scholarship received is $20,171.
After receiving financial aid, the cost of attendance (COA) at Samford is $35,182 for students living on-campus and $38,448 for students living off-campus.
For beginning students (i.e. first-time freshmen), 916 students received any type of financial aid including grants/scholarship and student loans. The average amount of grant/scholarship for the first-time students is $20,711 and the average amount of student loans is $7,815.
The financial aid data is based on 2021-2022 statistics from IPEDS.
COA (on-campus)$55,353
COA (off-campus)$58,619
Tuition & Fees$38,144
Indirect Costs (on-campus)$17,209
Indirect Costs (off-campus)$20,475
COA (on-campus) after Receiving Aid$35,182
COA (off-campus) after Receiving Aid$38,448
Average Financial Aid$20,171
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship3,50097%$20,171
Pell Grants37911%$4,958
Federal Student Loan1,04529%$6,406
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Any Financial Aid916100%-
Grants or Scholarships90699%$20,711
Federal Grants10211%$5,903
Pell Grants10211%$4,963
Other Federal Grants9711%$989
State/Local Grants22024%$1,866
Institutional Grants90498%$19,636
Student Loan Aid30733%$7,815
Federal Student Loans30133%$5,282
Other Student Loans435%$18,819

Admission Stats and Requirements to Apply

Samford's acceptance rate is 83.87%. A total of 4,217 applicants applied to and 3,537 students were accepted. Of the admitted students, 920 enrolled finally, and the yield (i.e. enrollment rate) is 26.01%.
To apply to Samford, 3 items are required - Secondary school GPA, Completion of college-preparatory program and Recommendations and 1 items are recommended to submit - Secondary school rank. SAT and ACT scores are considered during the admissions process but are not required to be submitted.
TotalMenWomen
Applicants4,2171,420$2,797
Admitted3,5371,156$2,381
Enrolled920326$594
Acceptance Rate83.87%81.41%85.13%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)26.01%28.20%24.95%
Secondary school GPARequired
Secondary school rankRecommended
Secondary school recordConsidered But Not Required
Completion of college-preparatory programRequired
RecommendationsRequired
Formal demonstration of competenciesNeither Required Nor Recommended
Admission test scoresConsidered But Not Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)Neither Required Nor Recommended
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)Neither Required Nor Recommended

SAT and ACT Scores

The SAT and ACT scores are considered but not required to apply to Samford. The average SAT score of the enrolled first-time students is 1,195 and the average ACT score (ACT composite) is 26.
Its SAT score is similar to the national average score of 1,168. The ACT score is similar to the national average score of 24.
Average25th75th
SAT Total1,1951,1001,290
National Average1,168
Alabama Average1,119
SAT EBRW615570660
SAT Math580530630
ACT Composite262329
National Average24
Alabama Average22
ACT Math242027
ACT English272331

Student Population

Samford University has a total of 5,682 students including 3,672 undergraduate and 2,010 graduate students. By gender, there are 1,897 male students and 3,861 female students attending Samford. The school offers online degree programs and 218 students enrolled online exclusively (3.84% of all students).
TotalMaleFemale
Total5,758 1,8973,861
Undergraduate3,607 1,2032,404
Graduate2,151 6941,457

Directory & Academic Information

Directory Information
Address800 Lakeshore Drive, Birmingham, AL
Phone205-726-2011
WEBwww.samford.edu/
Degree & Programs
DegreeUndergraduate, Graduate
Program Offered128 Programs
Online Program Offered25 Online Programs
Graduate Program Offered50 Graduate Programs
Academic Stats
Acceptance Rate83.26%
Yield26.97%
Student Population5,682
Graduation Rate77%
Retention Rate91% (Full-time), 50% (Part-time)
Students to Faculty Ratio Rate14 to 1
Faculty & Staffs
Number of Faculties362 (Full-time), 115 (Part-time)
Number of Staffs960 (Full-time), 209 (Part-time)
Average Faculty Salary$83,241
Average Staff Salary$65,984