Samford University


September 23, 2013

Our Story

On Saturday morning, walking across the quad with rain threatening the festivities of the day and as our most faithful tailgaters began to set up their tents, I encountered the father of one of our undergraduates.  The family is from out of state, but I see them regularly for events on campus.  We stood for a few minutes and surveyed the dampened surroundings.  It was a glum view for me, but the father had nothing but sunshine in his heart for Samford.  He spoke of his appreciation for the education his daughter is receiving, of the spirit that pervades the place, and even of the happiness of tailgating on the quad before football games—in spite of the rain.  For the thousandth time, I was reminded that others are grateful for what I too often take for granted.    

 The world is better because of the simple blessings of Samford.


Our Mission

The mission of Samford University is to nurture persons in their development of intellect, creativity, faith, and personhood. As a Christian university, the community fosters academic, career, and ethical competency while encouraging social and civic responsibility, and service to others.

Our Core Values

The Samford community values lifelong:

  • belief in God, the Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord.
  • engagement with the life and teachings of Jesus.
  • learning and responsible freedom of inquiry.
  • personal empowerment, accountability, and responsibility.
  • vocational success and civic engagement.
  • spiritual growth and cultivation of physical well-being.
  • integrity, honesty, and justice.
  • appreciation for diverse cultures and convictions.
  • stewardship of all resources.
  • service to God, to family, to one another, and to the community.

Our Vision

Anchored in Christian understanding, Samford University will be a diverse community, stressing vigorous learning and personal faith, in the Baptist tradition. Within that commonality, the Community will be innovative in teaching, learning and research; sensitive to global issues; aggressive in self-assessment and continuous improvement. Faithful to its mission, Samford will be known and acknowledged worldwide by holding to its core values. The world will be better for it.

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