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Samford University    
  Oct 23, 2017
Samford University Catalog 2016-2017 Academic Year [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Admission Procedures and Policies

A solid liberal arts education has long proven to be the best preparation for most professions and positions of leadership. Through a strong education in the arts and sciences, Samford University students develop intellectually and personally, acquiring the broad understanding and diverse skills that modern society requires.

Samford seeks students who have demonstrated high standards of scholarship, outstanding personal character, and serious educational aims. Admission to Samford involves a careful analysis of academic records, character references, clarity of educational purpose, and extracurricular activities which reflect the applicant’s potential for involvement and leadership in the programs and services of the university.

Admission standards are competitive and selective. The Admission Committee selects the entering class from among those whose academic performance gives the strongest promise of success in college. It is Samford’s intent to maintain an undergraduate student body with diverse backgrounds, interests, and abilities.

Students who wish to attend Samford University should complete an application for admission. Submit applications and related documents to the address listed below or
online at

Prospective students are encouraged to visit the campus. To schedule your visit, contact: Office of Admission, Samford University, 800 Lakeshore Drive, Birmingham, AL 35229, or telephone (800) 888-2875 or (205) SAMFORD [726-3673].

The information that follows is general policy and pertains to undergraduate programs. Graduate and professional degree programs may have different policies. For information about these, contact the administrator with responsibility for the program in question.

Student Classifications

Academic Renewal Student-An undergraduate student who has dropped out, withdrawn, or has been suspended because of academic deficiencies but has demonstrated sufficient maturation to be considered for re-enrollment.

Audit Student-A student who neither receives a grade nor participates in classroom examinations.

Early Entrance to College-An exceptional high school student who meets specific qualifications to be admitted to Samford University prior to completing a traditional four-year high school diploma program.

Evening Student-A student who has been out of high school for at least three years and is unable to enroll in a day program.

Freshman-A student who is a high school graduate and has not enrolled in any accredited college or university.

International Student-A student who is not a U.S. citizen.

International Baccalaureate Student-A student who has been admitted to the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program that allows high school students to obtain college credit for coursework taken in the IB program.

Readmission Student-A student who previously attended Samford, left, and desires to return to Samford, including students who were required to withdraw.

Special Status Student-A student who is enrolled but is not seeking a degree.

Transfer Student-A student who has attended another accredited college or university and desires to attend Samford to pursue a degree.

Transient Student-A student who is regularly enrolled in another college or university but desires to take a course(s) at Samford.

Admission Application Process

Although there is no formal admission deadline, applicants are encouraged to complete the process as soon as possible. Delays in the admission process could also adversely affect other processes important to eventual enrollment, including financial aid and residence life. Also, if transcripts are being sent to us from other institutions, please allow for the time it takes for us to receive them. See Admission Procedures below.

Admission Notification for All Students

Once students have been notified of admission to Samford, a $250 Enrollment Confirmation/Housing Deposit must be submitted to the Office of Admission to reserve a place in the entering class. The deposit is nonrefundable and is applied to first semester costs. The entering class must be limited to support an optimum living and learning environment. Deposits will be accepted until May 1 (the National Candidate Reply Date), after which eligible students will be placed on a wait list and selected as space becomes available.

Orientation and Connections

Orientation: The Admission Office coordinates Orientation sessions for new students and their parents. Orientation provides parents and students the opportunity to learn more about the campus, faculty, and staff, and the opportunity to talk to current Samford students. New students will register for their fall classes. Orientation is required for all new students enrolling at Samford. More information on New Student Orientation, including how to register, can be found on the Admission Web site:

Connections: The Office of Student Activities and Events is responsible for the implementation of Connections, a four-day assimilation event for entering freshmen. First-year students are mentored by upperclassmen, faculty, and staff as they become integrated academically and socially. New students will gain valuable information from this process.

Undergraduate Admission Procedures

First-Time Applicants

Samford University seeks to enroll students who are capable of success in a challenging academic environment and who demonstrate a commitment to the Christian mission and purpose of the university. Every application is individually evaluated from a holistic perspective, which includes consideration of the applicant’s personal integrity, moral character, academic preparation, achievement and potential, leadership of and participation in extra-curricular activities including school, church, para-church and community organizations, and likelihood to make the most of the opportunities and resources that are available to Samford students.

In addition to the traditional evaluation of transcripts, standardized test scores, autobiographical essays and letters of recommendation, the Admission Committee also takes into account the rigor of an applicant’s high school or college curriculum and how he or she has participated in and contributed to those academic settings. This process is indicative of Samford’s competitive admission environment and level of selectivity, which will likely increase for each ensuing class. With limited offers of admission, the Admission Committee endeavors to measure an applicant’s particular interest in Samford, both academically and as a potential contributor to the university community. An applicant’s financial need is not considered in the admission process, and accordingly, the university does not provide the scholarship assistance that will be required by all who receive an offer of admission.

The university reserves the rights to reject any application without explanation and to rescind an admission if (i) between the date of an application and the start of classes there is a change in the condition or status of any information provided by the applicant that would have been a basis for denying the application when it was reviewed by the Admission Committee or (ii) any information provided by an applicant proves to be untrue at the time of its submission.

Samford University does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, creed, or national origin. Religious institutions such as Samford University may be exempt from certain provisions of federal laws concerning non-discrimination. All inquiries and complaints should be directed to the Office of Admissions at 800 Lakeshore Drive, Birmingham, AL 35229.

Scholarship Policy

Samford scholarships and university aid are awarded to students who have distinguished records of achievement. The university believes the lives and commitments of such students hold great promise for addressing the vital issues of the future. The Scholarship Committee seeks students who intentionally use their exceptional talents, abilities, and personal commitments to better society. Due to limited resources, the committee utilizes the funds available to impact affordability for as many students as possible. At all times, it is understood that recipients of these funds will maintain high standing in academic, social, and residential areas of campus life. For more information on scholarships, including deadlines and recipient guidelines, visit:

Freshman Applicant


Transcripts and Curriculum

An official high school transcript of your academic work should reflect a strong scholastic history. Successful admission candidates are expected to have four units of English, algebra I and II, geometry, two laboratory sciences, two units of history (not including state history), and two units of a foreign language. Successful scholarship applicants typically present a curriculum that includes outstanding performance in four units of English, four units of math, three laboratory sciences, three units of history, and two units of a foreign language.

College Entrance Examinations

Official test scores, sent to Samford directly from the American College Testing Program (ACT) and/or the College Board Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT I: Reasoning Test, or SAT) are required. Samford’s institutional codes are: 0016 (ACT) and 1302 (SAT). Scores received via other means may not be accepted as official.

High School Equivalency (GED)

Applicants who have the GED (General Educational Developmental) diploma may present an official score report in place of the high school diploma. The ACT or SAT will be required unless the applicant has been out of high school for at least five years. Nursing applicants are required to submit standardized test scores.

Freshman Applicant Procedures for Admission

A freshman applicant who desires to attend Samford University should:

  1. Complete an application form online at or submit a Common Application available at, and include a $40 nonrefundable application fee.
  2. Request two official transcripts from your high school to be sent to the Office of Admission. One should be sent at the time of application. The second one should be sent at the completion of the senior year certifying graduation. Transcripts must be mailed by the school to the Office of Admission in order to be considered official or be submitted electronically via other approved methods.
  3. Have official scores on the ACT or SAT sent to the Office of Admission by the respective agency.
  4. Arrange for submission of the School Recommendation Form provided on the online SU application and the Common Application.
  5. Write an essay of approximately 500 words. In your own words, respond to one of the essay questions in the admission application form online. 
  6. If necessary, mail the completed application and related documents to:

Office of Admission
Samford University
800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, AL 35229

Early Entrance to College

Samford welcomes applications from exceptional students prior to their high school graduation when, in the opinion of the applicant, the applicant’s parents, and school officials, enrollment at Samford University will enhance the educational experience beyond that available in high school.


There are two categories for early entrance:

  1. Admission to Samford after the junior year in high school.
  2. Concurrent enrollment at Samford and at the high school during the senior year.

Qualifications and Requirements

  1. A grade point average of 3.50 or higher.
  2. An ACT score of 25 or an SAT score of 1150.
  3. A written statement of support from parents and from a school official.

Evening Student Applicant

It is expected that students who enter this program have been out of high school for at least three years and are unable to enroll in the day program due to work schedules, family concerns, or other reasons. Professional Studies is the administrative office that serves evening students. (See the Professional Studies, Evening and Online  section of this catalog.) Professional Studies staff can assist you with academic advising, admission, and other areas of concern. Contact them at (205) 726-2898.

International Student Applicant

International students should allow a minimum of six months to complete all the necessary paperwork prior to admission and enrollment.

International Student Applicant Procedures

An international student who desires to attend Samford University should:

  1. Complete an application form online at or submit a Common Application available at, and include a $40 nonrefundable application fee.
  2. Have an official transcript of all academic work, including mark sheets, examination results, certificates, diplomas, etc., sent to the Office of Admission. This includes any college credit earned in a university not in the United States. Certified copies of all academic work should be submitted to the World Evaluation Service (WES), or Education Credential Evaluators (ECE), requesting a Course by Course Evaluation. Information regarding WES and ECE is available from the Office of Admission.

  3. Have official scores on the ACT or the SAT sent to the Office of Admission by the respective agency.

  4. Have official scores on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) sent directly from the Educational Testing Service directly to the Office of Admission. A competitive score of 575 (paper), 232 (computer), or 90 (Internet) is expected.
  5. Arrange for submission of the School Recommendation Form provided on the online SU application and the Common Application.

  6. Write an essay of approximately 500 words. In your own words, respond to one of the essay questions in the admission application form online.

  7. Submit a financial affidavit of support, supplied by Samford, showing that there are adequate funds to support your educational experience.

  8. Supply a copy of your official Government documentation (visa or passport) to the Office of Admission.

Dual Enrollment Credit and Credit by Examination for Entering Freshmen

The maximum aggregate total credit an entering freshman may bring to Samford through dual enrollment, Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), or International Baccalaureate (IB) is 30 credit hours.

The Core Curriculum is a distinctive of a Samford education. As part of the Core Curriculum, only UCCA 101 Communication Arts I  is eligible for dual enrollment, AP, CLEP, or IB credit. All other Core Curriculum courses, including UCCA 102 Communication Arts II , UCCP 101 Cultural Perspectives I UCCP 102 Cultural Perspectives II , UCFH 120 Concepts of Fitness and Health , and UCBP 101 Biblical Perspectives  must be taken at Samford and cannot be satisfied through dual enrollment credit or credit by examination.

UCCA 101 credit may be met by a score of 4 or 5 on the AP exam for either English Language or English Literature, a score of 5 or higher on English A1 for IB, or a dual enrollment composition course at the equivalent level.

English Composition II, Western Civilization and World History courses taken as dual enrollment may be considered for elective credit. English Composition II will not satisfy UCCA 102 credit. Elective credit for Western Civilization and World History may satisfy a general education humanities requirement, depending on the student’s major. They will not satisfy the requirements for UCCP 101 or UCCP 102.

Dual Enrollment

Dual enrollment courses are college classes taken in high school which might satisfy high school requirements and also earn college credit. Incoming freshmen may transfer up to 12 hours of dual enrollment credits that satisfy high school requirements. Additional dual enrollment courses that are not needed to satisfy high school requirements, and are taken above and beyond high school requirements, may be considered beyond the initial 12 credits, but not to exceed the maximum of 30 credits allowed.

Dual enrollment courses require a minimum grade of B- or higher to be accepted for credit.

An official transcript from a regionally accredited college or university is required for dual enrollment credit to be evaluated and applied. Dual enrollment credit will not be evaluated from a high school transcript.

Additional documentation is required from the high school guidance counselor for dual enrollment credit that is taken above and beyond high school requirements. Contact the Office of Admissions for more information about providing that documentation.

Students who take courses with both Advanced Placement (AP) exams and dual enrollment credit must meet the minimum requirements in either area to receive credit.

Credit by Examination

AP, CLEP, and IB credit is awarded with the minimum exam score reported from the College Board or International Baccalaureate. Please refer to the Credit by Examination Policies section below for more information.


*AP=Advanced Placement; CLEP=College-Level Examination Program; IB=International Baccalaureate

Credit by Examination Policies

Advanced Placement

Subject Samford Course Title
(if applicable)
Art History Elective credit 3 3
Art, Studio: Drawing ART 221 - Beginning Drawing (3)   3 3
Art, Studio: 2D Design Elective credit 3 3
Art, Studio: 3D Design Elective credit 3 3
Biology BIOL 105 - Principles of Biology (4)   3 4
Chemistry CHEM 205 - Foundations of Chemistry (4)  AND
CHEM 206 - Foundations of Chemistry Laboratory (1)  
4 5
Chinese Lang/Culture CHIN 102 Elementary Chinese II   3 4
Chinese Lang/Culture** CHIN 201 Intermediate Chinese I  AND
CHIN 202 Intermediate Chinese II  
4 8
Computer Science A COSC 110 - Introduction to Programming (4)   4 4
Economics: Macro ECON 201 - Principles of Macroeconomics (4)   3 4
Economics: Micro ECON 202 - Principles of Microeconomics (3)   3 3
English Lang/Comp* UCCA 101 - Communication Arts I (4)   4 4
English Lit/Comp* UCCA 101 - Communication Arts I (4)   4 4
Environmental Science BIOL 107 - Contemporary Biology (4)   3 4
French Lang/Culture FREN 102 - Elementary French II (4)   3 4
French Lang/Culture** FREN 201 - Intermediate French I (4)  AND
FREN 202 - Intermediate French II (4)  
4 8
German Lang/Culture GER 102 - Elementary German II (4)   3 4
German Lang/Culture** GER 201 - Intermediate German I (4)  AND
GER 202 - Intermediate German II (4)  
4 8
Govt/Pol (U.S.) POLS 205 - Introduction to American Politics (4)   4 4
Govt/Pol (Comparative) Elective credit 4 4
History: European HIST 200 - Global Perspectives (4)   4 4
History: U.S. HIST 218 - Modern America since 1865 (4)   4 4
History: World HIST 200 - Global Perspectives (4)   5 4
Human Geography GEOG 101 - Global Geography: Places, Landscapes, and Regions (4)   4 4
Italian Lang/Culture ITAL 102 Elementary Italian II   3 4
Italian Lang/Culture** ITAL 201 Intermediate Italian I  AND
ITAL 202 Intermediate Italian II  
4 8
Japanese Lang/Culture JAPN 102 Elementary Japanese II   3 4
Japanese Lang/Culture** JAPN 201 Intermediate Japanese I  AND
JAPN 202 Intermediate Japanese II  
4 8
Latin LATN 102 - Elementary Latin II (4)   3 4
Latin LATN 201 Intermediate Latin I   4 4
Latin** LATN 201 - Intermediate Latin I (4)  AND
LATN 202 - Intermediate Latin II (4)  
5 8
Math: Calculus AB MATH 240 - Calculus I (4)   3 4
Math: Calculus BC MATH 240 - Calculus I (4) 
MATH 260 - Calculus II (4)  
3 8
Math: Calculus BC
AB Subgrade***
MATH 240 - Calculus I (4)   3 4
Math, Statistics MATH 210 - Elementary Statistics (4)   3 4
Music, Theory MUSC 1510 - Theory I: The Syntax of Music (3)   3 3
Physics 1 PHYS 100 - Physics for Society (4)  OR
PHYS 101 - General Physics I (4)  
3 4
Physics 2 PHYS 102 General Physics II   3 4
Physics C: Elec/Magnetism PHYS 204 Physics II   4 5
Physics C: Mechanics PHYS 203 Physics I   4 5
Psychology PSYC 101 - General Psychology (4)   4 4
Spanish Lang/Culture SPAN 102 - Elementary Spanish II (4)   3 4
Spanish Lang/Culture** SPAN 201 - Intermediate Spanish I (4)  AND
SPAN 202 - Intermediate Spanish II (4)  
4 8
Spanish Lit/Culture SPAN 301 Conversation/Composition/Grammar   4 4

* Students who successfully meet the minimum score for both Advanced Placement English Literature & Comp and English Language & Comp can receive credit for UCCA 101 plus 4 credit hours of general elective credit.

** Students who successfully meet the minimum score (4) for language at the intermediate level, receive a maximum of 8 credits for 201-202 and do not receive an additional 4 credits for exceeding the expectations of the 102 elementary level.

*** A score of 3 or higher on the BC exam earns credit in MATH 240  and MATH 260 , regardless of the AB subgrade.

The Division of Music will allow Music Theory as AP credit pending the student’s successful evaluation regarding that subject at Samford University.

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

College-level credit is awarded for scores of 50 or higher in most subject areas; however, students should consult with their advisors or the Office of the Registrar before scheduling any CLEP examinations. With the sole exception of UCCA 101 , CLEP credit is not acceptable for University Core Curriculum courses.

Samford Course Title
(if applicable)
Accounting/Principles ACCT 211 - Accounting Concepts I (3)   50 3
Biology BIOL 105 - Principles of Biology (4)   50 4
Business Law, Intro BUSA 252 - Legal Environment of Business (3)   50 3
Chemistry CHEM 205 - Foundations of Chemistry (4) 
CHEM 206 - Foundations of Chemistry Laboratory (1)  
50 5
Econ: Macro/Prin ECON 201 - Principles of Macroeconomics (4)   50 4
Econ: Micro/Prin ECON 202 - Principles of Microeconomics (3)   50 3
Engl: American Lit no credit - -
Engl: Analysis/Inter Lit no credit - -
Engl: College Comp UCCA 101 - Communication Arts I (4)   50 4
Engl: Comp (opt essay) no credit - -
Engl: Comp, Freshmen no credit - -
Engl: English Lit no credit - -
French, Level 1* FREN 102 - Elementary French II (4)   50 4
French, Level 2* FREN 201 - Intermediate French I (4) 
FREN 202 - Intermediate French II (4)  
62 8
German, Level 1* GER 102 - Elementary German II (4)   50 4
German, Level 2* GER 201 - Intermediate German I (4) 
GER 202 - Intermediate German II (4)  
63 8
Govt: American no credit - -
Hist: US I (to 1877) no credit - -
Hist: US II (1865-Pres) no credit - -
Hist: Western Civ I no credit - -
Hist: Western Civ II no credit - -
Human Growth/Dev no credit - -
Humanities Elective credit 50 4
Info Syst/Comp Appl no credit - -
Mangmnt/Principle no credit - -
Marketing/Principles no credit - -
Math: Algebra Elective credit 50 4
Math: Precalculus MATH 150 - Precalculus (4)   50 4
Math: Calc/Elem Func MATH 240 - Calculus I (4)   50 4
Math: College Math MATH 110 - Contemporary Mathematics (4)   50 4
Math: Trigonometry Elective credit 50 4
Natural Sciences Elective credit 50 4
Psych: Educ Psyc, Int no credit - -
Psych: Introduction PSYC 101 - General Psychology (4)   50 4
Social Sciences/Hist no credit - -
Sociology, Intro SOCI 100 - Introduction to Sociology (4)   50 4
Spanish, Level 1* SPAN 102 - Elementary Spanish II (4)   50 4
Spanish, Level 2* SPAN 201 - Intermediate Spanish I (4) 
SPAN 202 - Intermediate Spanish II (4)  
63 8

* Students who score a minimum of 50 on French, German, or Spanish CLEP tests receive a maximum of four (4) credits at the elementary level (102); students who score 62 (French), 63 (German), or 63 (Spanish), or higher receive a maximum of eight (8) credits at the intermediate level (201-202). No more than 8 credits are awarded for the language CLEP test. No credit is given for FREN 101 /GER 101 /SPAN 101 .

International Baccalaureate

Samford University recognizes the quality of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program and welcomes application for admission from students who have taken coursework in the IB program. Credit is given for the IB Higher Level Examinations passed with grades of 5, 6, or 7. No credit is given for the IB Subsidiary Examinations. In cases of ambiguity, the dean of Howard College of Arts and Sciences, in consultation with the Office of the Registrar, will determine the credit to be awarded.

Subject Samford Course Title
(if applicable)
Biology BIOL 105 - Principles of Biology (4)   5 4
Chemistry CHEM 205 - Foundations of Chemistry (4) 
CHEM 206 - Foundations of Chemistry Laboratory (1)  
6 5
English A1 UCCA 101 - Communication Arts I (4)   5 4
Geography Elective credit 5 3
Geography Elective credit 6 4
History Asia/OCE Elective credit 5 3
History Asia/OCE Elective credit 6 4
History: Americas Elective credit 5 3
History: Americas Elective credit 6 4
History: Europe Elective credit 5 3
History: Europe Elective credit 6 4
Language Language 102 5 4
Mathematics Level SL MATH 240 - Calculus I (4)   6 4
Physics PHYS 100 - Physics for Society (4)   5 4
Psychology PSYC 101 - General Psychology (4)   5 4

Credit Limitations

The aggregate of credit earned in dual enrollment, extension, correspondence, AP (Advanced Placement), and CLEP may not exceed 30 credits. At least 50 percent of the credit in each degree program must be earned from Samford, with none of the credit mentioned in the previous sentence counting toward this residency requirement. Also, a minimum of 15 credits in the major field (with nine at the 300-400 level) must be taken at Samford. For a minor, a minimum of nine credits in the minor field (with six at the 300-400 level) must be taken at Samford.


Transfer Student Applicant

Academic Record

Transfer students generally receive favorable admission review when they present a minimum cumulative 2.50 grade point average on all college-level coursework, provided they have attempted at least 24 credits, or 36 quarter credits, at institutions accredited by one of the regional accrediting agencies. If a student has attempted less than 24 credits of college-level coursework, an official high school transcript and official test scores must also be submitted in order to be considered for admission.

Transferring Core and General Education Courses

Samford University strives to offer a distinctive curriculum that challenges students to their fullest potential and employs innovative teaching techniques. All students should complete their General Education Requirements in residence whenever possible. Transfer students with 18 or more semester credits earned at another institution may be able to substitute some general education courses taken elsewhere for the interdisciplinary courses of the University Core and General Education Curriculum that meet 75 percent of the required credits in each course. Only one Core Curriculum course (UCCA 101 ) may be applied as a core course for transfer students who have earned less than 18 transfer credits from accredited institutions and credit by examination. Students will only receive the credit they earned (not the credit of the course being replaced) and must meet the total number of credits required for their degree program (128 credits minimum). Natural and computational science courses must have a laboratory component.

Transfer Credits

Samford University accepts for transfer credits earned at institutions that have regional accreditation and in which the student has earned a grade of C- or higher.

Transfer students are required to earn at least 50 percent of the credit for a first undergraduate degree in each degree program from Samford. Also, a minimum of 15 credits in the major field (with nine at the 300-400 level) must be earned at Samford. For a minor, a minimum of nine credits in the minor field (with six at the 300-400 level) must be earned at Samford.

Students may transfer up to 64 semester credits or 96 quarter credits of work completed at two-year institutions, where such coursework is comparable to Samford courses offered at the 100 and 200 level.

Individual transfer courses may satisfy a major, minor, or concentration requirement if they meet 75 percent of the required credits for the course. Transfer courses that do not meet the 75 percent rule may still apply, but additional credits may be required to satisfy the requirement.

Transfer Student Applicant Procedures for Admission

Samford University welcomes transfer students at the beginning of any term. Transfer students must present academic records that reflect serious academic aims and mature progress toward those aims.

A transfer student who desires to attend Samford University should:

  1. Complete an application form at or submit a Common Application available at, and include a $40 nonrefundable application fee.

  2. Have one official transcript from each college attended mailed directly from your former institution’s records office to the Office of Admission at Samford. Samford can also accept official transcripts online, but only through National student Clearinghouse, Docufide, E-Script, or Credentials. No other online service can be accepted. If you earned fewer than 24 semester credits or 36 quarter credits in total at other institutions, you must also meet the requirements of an entering freshman (providing an official high school transcript and official ACT or SAT score).

  3. Arrange for submission of the School Recommendation Form provided on the online SU application and the Common Application.

  4. Write an essay of 250-500 words. In your own words, respond to the essay question in the admission application form online.
  5. Any components not submitted online need to be mailed to:

Office of Admission
Samford University
800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, AL 35229

All transfer students under the age of 21 and/or under 80 completed hours/credits are required to attend new student orientation before registering for classes.

International Transfer Applicant

The transfer credit process for international students is the same as that for our domestic transfer students:

  1. As part of the admissions process, an international credential evaluation is required reporting prior university study. Samford accepts evaluations from World Education Services (WES), found at or Education Credential Evaluators (ECE) at
  2. An official international credential evaluation should come directly to Samford University electronically or through the mail in a sealed envelope. Transfer credit will be applied according to information reported on the official evaluation. Courses that are reported as comparable to courses from a U.S. regionally-accredited institution will be accepted according to Samford’s transfer credit policies.
  3. Pass/fail courses graded as “P” or “S” will not be initially accepted unless written documentation is received from the awarding institution that the grade represents at least a “C-.”
  4. Samford course equivalencies may be met with 75% of the required credits; however, they will only receive the actual credits earned toward the degree.
  5. To earn a first undergraduate degree at Samford University, at least 50 percent of the credits for that degree must be earned from Samford. Additionally, a minimum of 15 credits in the major field (9 at the 300-400 level) and 9 in any declared minor field (6 at the 300-400 level) must be earned from Samford. (See the Transfer Student Applicant section for more details.)
  6. Initially, elective credit will be awarded until such time that verifiable course descriptions or syllabi with English translation are provided to the Transfer Credit Analyst in the Office of the Registrar for evaluation. If it is determined by the academic department that a transfer course is comparable to a Samford course, equivalent credit will be applied. Providing course information is not a guarantee that equivalent credit will be awarded. Course information only provides the information needed to make a determination for credit.
  7. Course descriptions or syllabi should come from the transfer institution on the institution’s official letterhead and include contact information. To receive the most accurate evaluation of international credit, course information should include: title of course, course level (1st year, 2nd year, 3rd year, etc.), course objectives, outline of course content, type of course (i.e. independent study, lecture, seminar, laboratory), description of how student is evaluated for the course, and reading references.
  8. If English is not the native or official language of the student’s home country, all course information must be officially translated into English and accompany the original course documents. The name and contact information of the translator is to be included.
  9. Full-time Samford students (registered for 12 or more credits in a given term) are required to satisfy a convocation requirement. For transfer students, the number of convocation credits required is prorated based on the number of transfer hours accepted. Failure to satisfy the convocation requirement will prevent graduation.

Special Category Applicants

Academic Renewal Applicant

Undergraduate students who have dropped out, withdrawn, or have been suspended because of academic deficiencies but have demonstrated sufficient maturation may request readmission as an academic renewal applicant.

The following conditions apply:

  1. At least three years must have elapsed since the end of the semester(s) for which the student is seeking the provisions of academic renewal. If academic renewal is sought for more than one semester, the semesters must be contiguous. The cumulative GPA for the previous work being considered for forgiveness under the academic renewal policy must have been lower than 2.00.
  2. After admission as a candidate for academic renewal, the student must submit a written application for academic renewal to the university registrar within twelve (12) months following entry (or re-entry) to Samford University. This application should be supported by at least one semester of recent coursework at Samford that indicates a reasonable expectation of the candidate’s continued academic success. Written approval of the student’s academic dean is required for admission as a candidate for academic renewal and to invoke the academic renewal policy.
  3. If granted, a statement of academic renewal is entered after the appropriate semester(s) for which coursework is being forgiven. Also, the declaration of academic renewal will include a statement prohibiting use of the designated previously earned credits and quality points to meet degree requirements, to compute the grade point average leading toward undergraduate certificates or degrees, or to determine graduation status.
  4. No academic credit (whatever the grade) earned during the semester(s) being forgiven under academic renewal may be used as a part of a degree program, nor will it be calculated into the cumulative grade point average. However, the portion of the academic record being forgiven will remain a visible part of the student’s transcript.
  5. Academic renewal may be granted to a person only once, regardless of the number of institutions attended.
  6. Students are cautioned that many undergraduate professional curricula, graduate, and professional schools compute the undergraduate GPA over all credits attempted when considering applications for admission.
  7. Also, academic renewal does not pertain to accumulated financial aid history. Accumulated semester and award limits include all semesters of enrollment.

Audit Student Applicant

As an alternative to full participation in a credit course, students may audit the course. Audit students do not receive grades and do not usually participate in examinations; however, instructors have the option of establishing requirements for a satisfactory audit. Students are not permitted to audit courses numbered above 400.

  1. Audit as Credit Student-Students choosing this option must be admitted to Samford either as a Regular or Special Status Student. Students should enroll in the course to be audited using registration procedures and paying the same tuition as regular enrollees. Provided the instructor’s requirements are met, the course will appear on the credit transcript with the notation AU and zero credits. If these requirements are not met, a W will be entered on the transcript.
  2. From a Grading/Credit Basis to an Audit Basis-A student can change from a grading basis to an audit basis any time prior to the deadline for withdrawing from a class without academic penalty. There will be no financial refunds made as a result of change in grading basis.
  3. From an Audit Basis to a Grading/Credit Basis-An audit student may not receive regular credit for a course begun as an audit, unless the change is made by the last day to add a course for the semester or term.

Readmission Student Applicant

Former Samford Students in Good Standing

Former students desiring to return to Samford University after attending another college must file a readmission transfer application. An official transcript from each college attended is required. The $40 application fee is not required.

Former students who have been out of the university for more than one year and have not attended another institution in that year must file a readmission application. The $40 application fee is waived.

Former Samford Students on Academic Dismissal

Former students on academic dismissal may be considered for readmission after an absence of at least one semester. If a student attends another institution during that absence, Samford will not accept those transfer credits. An application for readmission is available in the Office of Admission and should be completed six weeks prior to the beginning of the semester/term the student would like to return. The application fee is waived. The completed application and a letter requesting consideration are required. The letter should contain:

  1. Student’s evaluation of previous academic performance, including an analysis of what factors led to his/her dismissal.
  2. Reassessment of career and educational goals.
  3. Explanation of readiness to resume a college program, including specific steps taken to improve chances for doing well academically.
  4. Description of activities during absence from Samford, such as work, marriage, military service, etc.
  5. Written essay on what the student has learned about him/herself.

The Admission Office will submit the student’s application and letter to the Readmission Committee for review and decision. Notification of readmittance will be sent by mail.

If the student is approved for readmittance, the student must contact the university registrar (205-726-2732) to make an appointment to review issues discussed in the reapplication petition. This must be done prior to registering for classes. Once the student has met with the university registrar, the registration hold will be cleared so that the student can register for courses.

Former Samford Student on Indefinite Academic Dismissal

Former students on indefinite academic dismissal may appeal for readmission consideration after an absence of one year. The process is the same as for the first academic dismissal mentioned above.

Special Status Student Applicant

Special status is a classification for students that are non-degree seeking, although credit is given for completed courses. Special status applications are available from the Office of Admission, no transcripts or recommendations are required.

Restrictions of the Special Status Classification:

  1. If you are currently under suspension from another institution you may not attend Samford University until the suspension period imposed by the previous institution has expired.
  2. You are ineligible to receive federally funded financial aid until your admission status has been changed to a degree-seeking category.
  3. A maximum of 18 credit hours earned as a special status student will count towards a Samford degree program. Each academic department reserves the right to determine the acceptability of credits earned under this classification.
  4. Credits earned as a special status student will not count towards a graduate degree.

To apply, use the Non-Degree application type that is available online at or contact the Admission Office directly.

Transient Student Applicant

Transient students are students who are regularly enrolled in other colleges and universities yet desire to take courses at Samford. A transient student must submit a transient application and have all coursework authorized by the student’s primary institution. The application form is available in the Office of Admission.

For courses taught at schools participating in the Birmingham area Inter-Campus Exchange Program-BACHE-see the University-Wide Academic Opportunities  section of this catalog.

Currently enrolled Samford students who take one or more classes at another institution are considered transient students at that college/university. See the Transfer Policies  section for more information.

Graduate Admission Procedures

Refer to the academic departments/schools sections of this catalog and/or publications from the individual departments or schools offering graduate degrees. More information may be found at Samford University’s Web site: