Samford University, founded as Howard College, is a private, coeducational university located in Homewood, a suburb of Birmingham, Alabama
Affiliated with the Alabama Baptist Convention, Samford University includes the Howard College of Arts and Sciences, Cumberland School of Law, McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Brock School of Business, Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education and Beeson Divinity School. In the 2014 report, Samford was ranked 3rd in Southern Regional Universities by U.S. News & World Report.
Samford’s campus has moved several times during its history. Originally, Howard College was located in Marion, Alabama, a black-belt town between Selma and Tuscaloosa; it is the birthplace of Coretta Scott King. In 1887, the college moved to the East Lake community in Birmingham.
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.