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Samford University
The Hataway Lab, Samford University.jpg
McWane Science Center
Motto"For God, For Learning, Forever"
Endowment$400 million
PresidentAndrew Westmoreland
Admin. staff264
LocationHomewood, Alabama, United States
AthleticsNCAA Division I FCS
MascotSpike the Bulldog

Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:Hatnote' not found. Samford University is a private, Southern Baptist-related university in Homewood, Alabama, a suburb of Birmingham, Alabama. Samford ranked 118 out of 262 institutions in U.S. News and World Reports' college rankings.[1]


Samford University was founded as Howard College in 1841 and opened its doors to students on January 3, 1842, in Marion, Alabama. In 1887 the school moved to Birmingham.

Women were first admitted to Howard College in 1895. In 1920 the school joined the Southern Association of Colleges and in 1927 it added its pharmacy school. In 1965, Howard got back its master's degree program. This led to the college's becoming a well-known college by November 9, 1965. The school was renamed in honor of Frank Park Samford, chairman of the Board of Trustees and most generous personal supporter, because there was already a Howard University in Washington, D.C..


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