Samford University

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Introduction to Samford University

Mission of the University

We nurture persons—for God, for learning, forever.

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.


Samford University was chartered in 1841 as Howard College in Marion, Alabama, about 80 miles southwest of Birmingham. It was originally named for the British social reformer, John Howard (1726–1790), who had no connection with the college, but was an international personality of Christian charity. Howard died in Russia, strongly advocating more humane prisons, and his statue was one of the first installed in St. Paul’s Cathedral, London.

The college was moved to Birmingham in 1887 to a site near the present-day airport in the East Lake section. In 1957, it moved to its present campus in the municipality of Homewood. The buildings are uniformly of Georgian-Colonial design. The location was chosen by the firm of Olmstead Brothers, successors to Frederick Law Olmstead, who designed Central Park in New York and many other public spaces.

In 1965, having added the Cumberland School of Law in 1961, the institution reorganized as a university and took the name of a prominent Alabama family as Samford University. Today, the institution includes the School of the Arts, Howard College of Arts and Sciences, Brock School of Business, Beeson School of Divinity, Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education, Cumberland School of Law, and the College of Health Sciences with Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, McWhorter School of Pharmacy, the School of Public Health, and the School of Health Professions.

Samford is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, educational specialist’s and doctor’s degrees. It holds accreditation by numerous special accrediting groups.

Samford University has a close relationship to the Alabama Baptist State Convention, which has been generous in its financial support. Every student enrolled at Samford - undergraduate and graduate, full- or part-time - benefits from the Christian charity and generosity of Alabama Baptists.

Alma Mater

Oh, Samford Alma Mater true
Her halls shall ever ring,
With sounding glories of the past
With plans and future dreams.
On knowledge that we seek, O Lord,
We pray thy blessings true.
With pride we pledge our hearts and minds,
To the Samford Red and Blue.

Fight Song

Fight, Fight, Fight,
For Samford Bulldogs,
Go onward to victory.
Oh, we’ll wear the red and blue,
Samford, we’re all for you . . .
And we love you, too!
Fight, Fight, Fight,
For Samford Bulldogs,
Go onward to victory.
Oh, we’ll give a cheer or two,
Samford, we’re all for you . . .
Fight! Fight! Fight!