Samford University

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition

$29,640

3.81% growth from 2016

2017 Average Net Price

$30,017

After Financial Aid

2016 Student Loan

2.93%

Default Rate

2017 Acceptance Rate

83.2%

3,808 Applicants

2017 Enrolled Students

5,509

94.2% Full-Time

2017 Graduation Rate

75.8%

517 Graduates

About

Samford University is a higher education institution located in Jefferson County, AL. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Samford University were Pharmacy (122 degrees awarded), Registered Nursing (112 degrees), and Journalism (45 degrees).

In 2017, 1,640 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Samford University. 62% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 38% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (1,278 degrees), 9.33 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (137 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Samford University is $29,640, which is $8,907 more than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Samford University is $29,640, which is $8,907 more than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $30,017.

In 2017, 90% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 32% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$29,640

2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Samford University was $29,640. The cost of tuition at Samford University is $8,907 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

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Average Net Price

$30,017

2017 Value

1.6%

1 Year Growth

In 2017 Samford University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $30,017. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of Samford University grew by 1.6%.

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Other Student Expenses

$9,840

Room and Board

$1,000

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Samford University was of $9,840 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,000. The cost of room and board increased by 2.23% between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

90%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

32%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

90% of undergraduate students at Samford University received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a growth of 1.12% with respect to 2016, when 89% 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.

2.93%

2016 Default Rate

24

Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at Samford University was 2.93%, which represents 24 out of the 818 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Samford University received 3,808 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 10.5% annual growth. Out of those 3,808 applicants, 3,168 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 83.2% acceptance rate.

There were 5,509 students enrolled at Samford University in 2017, and 33% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Samford University has an overall enrollment yield of 27.1%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

83.2%

Acceptance Rate in 2017

3,168

Accepted Out of 3,808

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Samford University was 83.2% (3,168 admissions from 3,808 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 91.4%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants grew by 10.5%, while admissions grew by 0.603%.

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SAT Scores

33%

Submission Percentage

286

Scores Submitted

33% of enrolled first-time students at Samford University in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Samford University has a total enrollment of 5,509 students. The full-time enrollment at Samford University is 5,190 students and the part-time enrollment is 319. This means that 94.2% of students enrolled at Samford University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Samford University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 80.6% White, 9.89% Black or African American, 2.65% Hispanic or Latino, 2.03% Two or More Races, 1.45% Asian, 0.363% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0363% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Samford University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (58%), followed by White Male (26.8%) and Black or African American Female (3.28%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (46.8%), followed by White Male (29.3%) and Black or African American Female (9.1%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

94.2%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Samford University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 5,509 students. The full-time enrollment at Samford University is 5,190 and the part-time enrollment is 319. This means that 94.2% of students enrolled at Samford University are enrolled full-time compared with 68.6% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

87%

2017 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

    4,438

  2. Black or African American

    545

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    146

The enrolled student population at Samford University is 80.6% White, 9.89% Black or African American, 2.65% Hispanic or Latino, 2.03% Two or More Races, 1.45% Asian, 0.363% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0363% 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 54.4% White, 15% Hispanic or Latino, and 13.2% 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, 77 students (1.4%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 394 more women than men received degrees from Samford University. The majority of degree recipients at Samford University are white (1,278 degrees awarded). There were 9.33 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (137 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Samford University is Pharmacy (122 degrees awarded), followed by Registered Nursing (112 degrees) and Journalism (45 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 (166 degrees awarded), Theology (57 degrees), and Human Sciences (42 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Samford University are Elementary & middle school teachers (1,859,876 people), Secondary school teachers (291,737 people), Education administrators (249,635 people), Clergy (126,366 people), and Postsecondary teachers (113,881 people).

The most specialized majors at Samford University are Legal (166 degrees awarded), Theology (57 degrees), Human Sciences (42 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (11 degrees), and Education (199 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Samford University are Surgeons, Geoscientists and hydrologists, except geographers, Dentists, Physicians, and Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents

The most specialized majors at Samford University are Legal (166 degrees awarded), Theology (57 degrees), Human Sciences (42 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (11 degrees), and Education (199 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 (2,696,715 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (232,168 people), Religious organizations (162,692 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (124,443 people), and Child day care services (112,224 people).

The most specialized majors at Samford University are Legal (166 degrees awarded), Theology (57 degrees), Human Sciences (42 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (11 degrees), and Education (199 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Samford University.

Most Common

  1. 122 degrees awarded

  2. 112 degrees awarded

  3. 45 degrees awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Samford University was Pharmacy with 122 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 623

  2. 1,017

In 2017, 623 degrees were awarded to men at Samford University, which is 0.613 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,017).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 85 degrees were awarded to men at Samford University in Pharmacy, which is 0.497 times less than the 171 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 171 degrees were awarded to women at Samford University in Pharmacy, which is 2.01 times more than the 85 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

59%

100% Completion Time

74%

150% Completion Time

In 2017, 59% of students graduating from Samford University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 74% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 75% 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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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

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 (68.1%).

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, 0.774% of graduates (4 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    1,278 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    137 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    70 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Samford University is white (1,278 degrees awarded). There were 9.33 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (137 degrees).

1.71% of degree recipients (28 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    791 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    487 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American Female

    93 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Samford University is white female (791 degrees awarded). There were 1.62 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (487 degrees).

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Operations

Samford University has an endowment valued at nearly $335M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $29.1M (8.68%), compared to the 6.94% average return ($2.3M on $33.1M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2017, Samford University had a total salary expenditure of $173M. Samford University employs 117 Professors, 116 Assistant professors, and 90 Associate professors. Most academics at Samford University are Female Assistant professors (78), Male Professors(73), and Male Associate professors (47).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Samford University are: Office and Administrative Support, with 188 employees, Management, with 122 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 118 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$335M

2017 Endowment

5.79%

growth from 2016

Samford University has an endowment valued at about $335M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of Samford University grew 5.79% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $302M 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. $983k - Federal

  2. $149k - State

  3. $0 - Local

As of 2017, Samford University received $983k in grants and contracts from the federal government, $149k from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$73.9M

2017 Salaries

5.29%

growth from 2016

In 2017, Samford University paid a median of $73.9M in salaries, which represents 42.8% of their overall expenditure ($173M) and a 5.29% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 6.28% growth from 2015 and a 6.54% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 31.4M (40.5% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$30.3M

Instructional Salaries

353

Number of Employees

In 2017, Samford University paid a total of $30.3M to 353 employees working as instructors, which represents 41% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $16.8M (34%) for similar Masters Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor

Most Common Instructor

117 Employees

Office and Administrative Support

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

188 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at Samford University were Professor with 117 employees; Assistant professor with 116 employees; and Assistant professor with 90 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Samford University were Office and Administrative Support with 188 employees; Management with 122 employees; and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 118 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Female Assistant professor

  2. Male Professor

  3. Male Associate professor

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Samford University was Female Assistant professor with 78 employees, Male Professor with 73 employees, and Male Associate professor with 47 employees.

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

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