Samford University


December 5, 2011

Our Story

 Kelia Furr, Association Director for Parents Programs, received this unsolicited endorsement last month from the parents of one of our new undergraduates: 


"Our daughter has had an incredible experience at Samford. Although she is only in her first semester, her time at Samford has been transformational. If I had to describe what a student experiences at Samford in two words they would be nourish and flourish. From what I have seen, the entire Samford community . . . makes it their singular goal to nourish the potential in students. In every area of student life, whether it be academics, athletics, social life, spiritual life or being a part of the larger community outside of Samford, students at Samford are given the opportunity to reach their potential and are encouraged or challenged to do so. The nourishing atmosphere within the Samford community gives students what they need to flourish. I have been thrilled to see our daughter be challenged to make a difference at Samford and see her take advantage of the opportunities available and become a better person than she was a short time ago when we entrusted her to Samford. That is really all that a parent can ask of a university. We are honored to be a small part of the Samford family and will forever be in Samford's debt for what you have done and will do in our daughter's life. Thank you." 


The world is better because of Samford's "nourish and flourish" environment. 



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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