Samford University

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$33,248
3.9% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$31,322
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
2.07%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
84%
3,867 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
5,729
95.1% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
77.2%
562 Graduates

About

Samford University is a higher education institution located in Jefferson County, AL. In 2020, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Samford University were Pharmaceutical Sciences (114 degrees awarded), Registered Nursing (101 degrees), and Journalism (61 degrees).

In 2020, 1,742 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Samford University. 65.8% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 34.2% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (1,386 degrees), 8.15 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (170 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Samford University is $33,248, which is $10,718 more than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

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The median undergraduate tuition at Samford University is $33,248, which is $10,718 more than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $31,322.

In 2020, 95% of undergraduate students attending Samford University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 31% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$33,248
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at Samford University was $33,248. The cost of tuition at Samford University is $10,718 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

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Average Net Price

$31,322
2020 Value
2.04%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 Samford University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $31,322. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of Samford University grew by 2.04%.

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Other Student Expenses

$10,890
Room and Board
$1,000
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Samford University was of $10,890 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,000. The cost of room and board increased by 7.03% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

95%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
31%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

95% of undergraduate students at Samford University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 1.06% with respect to 2019, when 94% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
2.07%
2018 Default Rate
21
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at Samford University was 2.07%, which represents 21 out of the 1014 total borrowers.

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Samford University received 3,867 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 1.15% annual decline. Out of those 3,867 applicants, 3,248 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 84% acceptance rate.

There were 5,729 students enrolled at Samford University in 2020, and 37% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Samford University has an overall enrollment yield of 29.9%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

84%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
3,248
Accepted Out of 3,867

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Samford University was 84% (3,248 admissions from 3,867 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 83.3%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants declined by −1.15%, while admissions declined by −0.338%.

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SAT Scores

37%
Submission Percentage
356
Scores Submitted

37% of enrolled first-time students at Samford University in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Samford University has a total enrollment of 5,729 students. The full-time enrollment at Samford University is 5,450 students and the part-time enrollment is 279. This means that 95.1% of students enrolled at Samford University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Samford University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 82.2% White, 8.26% Black or African American, 3.63% Hispanic or Latino, 2.16% Two or More Races, 1.4% Asian, 0.244% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0175% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Samford University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (59.6%), followed by White Male (26.5%) and Black or African American Male (2.97%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (50.5%), followed by White Male (27.7%) and Black or African American Female (7.85%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

95.1%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Samford University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 5,729 students. The full-time enrollment at Samford University is 5,450 and the part-time enrollment is 279. This means that 95.1% of students enrolled at Samford University are enrolled full-time compared with 68.8% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

87%
2020 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Samford University was 87%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (75%), Samford University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    4,712
  2. Black or African American
    473
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    208

The enrolled student population at Samford University is 82.2% White, 8.26% Black or African American, 3.63% Hispanic or Latino, 2.16% Two or More Races, 1.4% Asian, 0.244% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0175% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Masters Colleges and Universities is 52.6% White, 16.6% Hispanic or Latino, and 13% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 62 students (1.08%) did not report their race.

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In 2020, 550 more women than men received degrees from Samford University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Samford University is white (1,386 degrees awarded). There were 8.15 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (170 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Samford University is Pharmaceutical Sciences (114 degrees awarded), followed by Registered Nursing (101 degrees) and Journalism (61 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Samford University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Legal (156 degrees awarded), Theology (50 degrees), and Philosophy and Religious Studies (19 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Samford University are Other managers (126,988 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (121,550 people), Clergy (115,452 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (77,428 people), and Marketing managers (63,588 people).

The most specialized majors at Samford University are Legal (156 degrees awarded), Theology (50 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (19 degrees), Human Sciences (60 degrees), and Communications (92 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Samford University are Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists, Aerospace engineers, Surgeons, Physicians, and Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents

The most specialized majors at Samford University are Legal (156 degrees awarded), Theology (50 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (19 degrees), Human Sciences (60 degrees), and Communications (92 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Samford University are Elementary & secondary schools (256,375 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (167,494 people), Religious organizations (140,453 people), Computer Systems Design (98,389 people), and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (90,169 people).

The most specialized majors at Samford University are Legal (156 degrees awarded), Theology (50 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (19 degrees), Human Sciences (60 degrees), and Communications (92 degrees).

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Majors Awarded

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Most Common
  1. 114 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 101 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 61 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Samford University was Pharmaceutical Sciences with 114 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

596
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
1,146
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 596 degrees were awarded to men at Samford University, which is 0.52 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,146).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 70 degrees were awarded to men at Samford University in Law, which is 1.03 times more than the 68 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 94 degrees were awarded to women at Samford University in Registered Nursing, which is 13.4 times more than the 7 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

64%
100% Completion Time
76%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 64% of students graduating from Samford University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 76% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 77% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
American Indian or Alaska Native Female
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Samford University is Female and American Indian or Alaska Native (100% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 0.534% of graduates (3 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,386 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    170 degrees awarded
  3. Unknown
    44 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Samford University is white (1,386 degrees awarded). There were 8.15 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (170 degrees).

2.53% of degree recipients (44 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Female
    901 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    485 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    122 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Samford University is white female (901 degrees awarded). There were 1.86 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (485 degrees).

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Samford University has an endowment valued at nearly $333M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $−NaNk (−0.251%), compared to the 3.19% average return ($1.26M on $39.6M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2020, Samford University had a total salary expenditure of $174M. Samford University employs 135 Professors, 125 Assistant professors, and 77 Associate professors. Most academics at Samford University are Male Professors (86), Female Assistant professors(76), and Female Professors (49).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Samford University are: Office and Administrative Support, with 158 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 142 employees, and Management with 81 employees.

Endowment

$333M
2020 Endowment
4.11%
decline from 2019

Samford University has an endowment valued at about $333M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of Samford University declined 4.11% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $293M higher than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Masters Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $2.42M - Federal
  2. $0 - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2020, Samford University received $2.42M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $0 from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Salary Expenditure

$79.6M
2020 Salaries
0.665%
growth from 2019

In 2020, Samford University paid a median of $79.6M in salaries, which represents 45.7% of their overall expenditure ($174M) and a 0.665% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 5.84% growth from 2018 and a 1.14% growth from 2017.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 34.6M (40.9% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$32.5M
Instructional Salaries
362
Number of Employees

In 2020, Samford University paid a total of $32.5M to 362 employees working as instructors, which represents 40.8% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11M (31.8%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
135 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
158 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at Samford University were Professor with 135 employees; Assistant professor with 125 employees; and Assistant professor with 77 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Samford University were Office and Administrative Support with 158 employees; Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 142 employees; and Management with 81 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Professor
  2. Female Assistant professor
  3. Female Professor

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Samford University was Male Professor with 86 employees, Female Assistant professor with 76 employees, and Female Professor with 49 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Samford University.

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