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2015

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h o m e w o o d c h a m b e r. o r g 53 Samford was ranked third in the south in the 2015 annual college rankings by U.S. News & World Report, and it was recently ranked the top university in Alabama by Forbes, Inc. World Report, and it was recently ranked the top univer- sity in Alabama by Forbes, Inc. Another milestone was met when the university recently surpassed the $200 million goal for its multiyear "Campaign for Samford." In addition to the growth in enrollment, Samford has been strategically expanding its physical footprint as well. The new 77,000-square-foot, four-story Brock School of Business building is set to open by fall 2015, and in 2014, Samford purchased 12 acres of property and a fi ve-story, 122,000-square-foot building just across Lakeshore Drive from the main campus (in 2006, Samford also purchased 17 acres of undeveloped land adjacent to Homewood High School). But the largest acquisition to date is Samford's move to buy the 28-acre Southern Progress Corporation headquarters, which includes 398,000 square feet of building space and 1,073 parking spaces. Samford plans to move its College of Health Sciences into one of the buildings closest to the university, a move that will likely happen in mid-2016 once the buildings are remodeled to accommodate classrooms, labs, and lecture halls. Today, the College of Health Sciences is the largest on campus, boasting a 2014 enrollment of more than 1,616 students—nearly one-third of the student body. The college includes the School of Health Professions, the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, the McWhorter School of Pharmacy, and the School of Public Health. Due to increased enrollment of students pursuing healthcare- related courses of study, Samford offered six new majors in the College of Health Sciences this year and plans to offer 25 new majors over the course of the next fi ve to eight years. The new programs this year include physical therapy, speech and language pathology, communication sciences and Opposite: Dr. Ralph Waldo Beeson sits in front of the Harwell G. Davis University Library; This page top to bottom: Beeson Divinity School, Brock School of Business, Frank Park Samford Hall.

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