Samford University's fall 2013 enrollment has reached an all-time high of 4,833, which is the fifth consecutive year of record fall enrollments. Also, the freshman class of 755, exceeding the previous record of 743 set in 1997. The students represent 44 states, including Alabama and the District of Columbia, and 21 other countries. Cumberland School of Law enrolled 172 first-year students, a significant increase over the fall 2012 entering class of 120.
R. Phil Kimrey, Samford's vice president for student affairs and enrollment management said "It is encouraging that families still are seeking the type of education and environment that Samford University provides." Samford President Andrew Westmoreland added that the record totals did not happen "by accident." "There are so many people who contributed to this exciting milestone in our 172-year history," he said.
Samford has moved up to number 3 in the South among regional universities in the 2014 U.S. News & World Report annual rankings. The university continues to be nationally recognized for its academic programs and affordability by such rankings as U.S. News & World Report, Forbes and Kiplinger's Personal Finance.