Samford University, founded as Howard College, is a private, coeducational university located in Homewood, a suburb of Birmingham, Alabama
The college—and now University—is presently located approximately 5 miles (8 km) south of downtown Birmingham in Homewood, Alabama’s Shades Valley area. The campus lies along Lakeshore Drive in Homewood, just 2 miles (3 km) from Interstate 65.
Besides its lush lawns and well-maintained gardens, Samford boasts a distinctive example of Georgian style architecture found in the United States. Samford’s uniform style, based upon Colonial Williamsburg, was the vision of President Harwell Davis when he moved the campus to the Shades Valley area in 1953-55.