Samford University


July 2, 2012

Our Story

 From Dana Basinger, Assistant Dean of the Howard College of Arts and Sciences:

“This June, 30 high school students from cities throughout the southeast gathered at Samford for our first MD Calling camp.  In an intensive three-day experience, they met with health professionals, toured a hospital, played medical Jeopardy, heard from current medical students and got practical advice about the MCAT, potential majors, writing personal statements and interviewing.  But the goal of the camp was not simply to prepare students to apply for medical school;  it was to discern a calling to the practice of medicine.  One of their counselors, Samford pre-med student Brooke Bailey, described a conversation with one of the students that went late into the night.  ‘She asked me tons of questions about my own faith and passion for people, and eventually, she began tying everything we learned from the camp together. Without MD Calling, this young woman may have never found her personal calling to the medical field. More importantly, however, she learned that her passion to work with people in a medically related way is driven by her faith and love for others. MD Calling not only gave her the information about what it means to be a pre-med and medical student, it opened her eyes to her calling in this world.’”

The world is better because Samford helps people unlock the mysteries of vocation.


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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