Samford University named the 5th best Christian university in the U.S. by College Atlas

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Statue of Ralph Waldo Beeson at Samford University – photo by Pat Byington, Bham Now

Over the last couple of years, Samford University has been recognized nationally by numerous publications, including U.S. News & World Report, Forbes Inc., The Economist, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and The Wall Street Journal, as one of the best colleges in Alabama and the South. While those honors are important, we’ve got a feeling that Samford’s recent  number 5 ranking by the College Atlas as the nation’s Best Christian University is particularly satisfying for the Baptist affiliated institution.

Ranked 5th on the list of the top 150 Christian colleges and universities throughout the U.S., Samford received high marks for academic quality, accessibility and affordability.

“While rankings are only one measure of a university’s effectiveness, it is gratifying to be recognized nationally for the quality of our academic programs and our commitment to Christian faith,” said Samford Vice President for Marketing and Communication, Betsy Bugg Holloway in a recent news release.

“Samford’s unique combination of rigorous academic programs and a steadfast commitment to Christian mission, makes it a special place for students to develop their intellect, creativity and faith.”

College Atlas, the organization that produced the ranking , is a digital news and information platform designed to empower students and the academic community to make more informed decisions about higher education. They reported that of the 7,500 accredited colleges and universities in America, 880 schools report a Christian religious affiliation.

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Photo via Samford University Facebook page

College Atlas considers the defining aspects of a Christian college or university to be dedication to the integration of Christian faith and learning in traditional academic fields and maintenance of those teachings as a focal point of their school’s mission, values and curriculum.

Joining Samford in the top five national ranking are Brigham Young University-Provo, Brigham Young-Idaho, Harding University and Liberty University.

To learn more about the College Atlas Best Christian Colleges and Universities, visit

Pat Byington
Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

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