Samford University

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Samford University can be found in Birmingham, AL, a nonprofit private college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. Over five thousand students are enrolled at Samford University.

The majority of students accepted into this school had an SAT score in the range of 1070 to 1250, or got accepted with an ACT score in the range of 23 to 29. Based on sampled GPA data collected and applied, it is estimated that the Samford University average GPA range for accepted students is around 3.28 - 3.57. Samford University admits approximately 80 percent of applicants each year. Of those that are accepted, nearly 28 percent continue on to register and enroll. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall Samford University Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Samford University was reported as 83.3% in Fall 2020 with over 3,910 college applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • ACT Scores: 23 - 29
  • Average GPA: 3.28 - 3.57

How Hard Is It to Get into Samford University?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

The applicant selectivity of Samford University is about average, as determined by collecting standardized test scores e.g. ACT/SAT and high school average GPA ranges of students who were granted admissions from previous years.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2024 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2024-2025 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Samford University has been getting lower when compared to averages from previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 91.4%
  • 2017-2018: 83.2%
  • 2018-2019: 82.1%
  • 2019-2020: 83.3%
  • Projected Acceptance Rate 2024-2025: 78.1%

How Does Samford University Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Samford University is forty-seven percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Birmingham Southern College53.8%
University of Montevallo53.2%
Jacksonville State University54.8%
Alabama State University97.0%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • School Records are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Samford University (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading550 - 640
Math520 - 610
Total Score1070 - 1250
ACT®Score Range
English23 - 32
Math21 - 27
Composite Score23 - 29
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