Samford University is Alabama's top-ranked private university with nationally-ranked academic programs rooted in the university's historic Christian mission. Founded in 1841 and located in suburban Birmingham, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. It enrolls 5,471 students from 47 states and 29 countries in 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford offers 30 undergraduate and graduate/professional degrees. There are 166 undergraduate majors, minors and concentrations. Graduate/professional degrees are offered in business, divinity, design studies, education, health professions, environmental management, law, music, nursing, pharmacy and public health. The university's new College of Health Sciences is adding many new undergraduate and graduate/professional programs in the next few years. Among Samford's 49,000-plus alumni are more than 60 U.S. congressmen, seven state governors, two U.S. Supreme Court justices, four Rhodes Scholars, multiple Emmy and Grammy award-winning artists, two national championship football coaches, and recipients of the Pulitzer and Nobel Peace prizes.The university fields 17 varsity sports - eight men's and nine women's -- that participate at the NCAA Division I level in the Southern Conference. Samford has an annual economic impact of $335.1 million on the state of Alabama.