Samford University


At Samford University you'll find the personal relationships of a small college with the dynamic academic, cultural, and athletics resources of a major university.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Samford University
800 Lakeshore Dr
Birmingham, AL 35229


Phone: 205-726-2011


Organization details

EIN: 630312914

CEO/President: Andrew Westmoreland

Chairman: William J. Stevens

Board size: 44


Year founded: 1951

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


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.

Mission statement

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.

Statement of faith

Samford University's corporate expression of faith commitment is The Statement of Baptist Faith and Message of 1963, without amendment.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Colleges/Universities

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating380 of 58635 of 53
Fund acquisition rating275 of 58625 of 53
Resource allocation rating297 of 58635 of 53
Asset utilization rating477 of 58634 of 53

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$28,273,543$26,075,073$34,965,100$36,224,194$38,782,491
Short-term investments$221,855,866$202,241,452$209,195,048$218,571,672$185,898,654
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$292,254,102$263,661,335$286,080,770$278,644,985$272,779,421
Long-term investments$82,819,499$81,284,631$81,668,791$94,845,127$70,970,495
Fixed assets$317,245,330$279,930,519$265,921,786$218,691,561$219,172,825
Other long-term assets$2,977,500$4,290,000$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$403,042,329$365,505,150$347,590,577$313,536,688$290,143,320
Total assets$695,296,431$629,166,485$633,671,347$592,181,673$562,922,741
Payables and accrued expenses$8,318,135$117,560,563$82,705,561$69,176,869$64,946,461
Other current liabilities$8,347,501$7,148,822$7,085,175$5,832,531$5,224,949
Total current liabilities$16,665,636$124,709,385$89,790,736$75,009,400$70,171,410
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$145,298,306$48,999,029$49,014,644$20,082,265$20,652,762
Total long-term liabilities$367,827,575$222,032,750$219,041,558$168,359,793$169,469,777
Total liabilities$384,493,211$346,742,135$308,832,294$243,369,193$239,641,187
Net assets20172016201520142013
Temporarily restricted$87,454,210$81,182,532$82,219,131$90,187,664$79,830,929
Permanently restricted$150,891,982$147,570,130$144,137,064$140,756,359$133,028,924
Net assets$310,803,220$282,424,350$324,839,053$348,812,480$323,281,554
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$19,332,893$16,538,924$17,183,376$21,182,948$30,686,655
Program service revenue$190,232,684$177,759,734$163,516,514$156,409,923$146,579,367
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$23,724,631$6,579,227$8,394,260$27,094,977$17,343,935
Other revenue($1,263,419)($866,227)$1,193,358$0$13,641,104
Total other revenue$212,693,896$183,472,734$173,104,132$183,504,900$177,564,406
Total revenue$232,026,789$200,011,658$190,287,508$204,687,848$208,251,061
Program services$184,117,758$169,002,361$157,694,030$149,470,919$146,857,096
Management and general$36,484,410$66,477,858$44,337,004$32,067,001$22,991,171
Total expenses$224,077,016$239,330,936$207,982,589$186,843,001$174,507,562
Change in net assets20172016201520142013
Surplus (deficit)$7,949,773($39,319,278)($17,695,081)$17,844,847$33,743,499
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$7,949,773($39,319,278)($17,695,081)$17,844,847$33,743,499

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Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Chartered as Howard College in 1841, Samford University has become one of the region's top universities and is now home to more than 5,000 students. The school survived two fires, the Civil War, a century of financial turmoil and two relocations to become one of the premier nationally ranked Christian universities. From its meager beginnings in Marion, Alabama, with only 31 students, Samford is now home to approximately 5,700 students on a beautiful Georgian-Colonial style campus in Homewood, Alabama.

Program accomplishments

Samford is the top-ranked university in Alabama in national rankings published by The Wall Street Journal. Additionally, The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford third in the nation for student engagement. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 40th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 100th for best value. Kiplinger's Personal Finance ranks Samford 34th among U.S. private universities for value and affordability. The student-to-faculty ratio is 13:1.