Students Say

A historically black women’s institution, Spelman College has built a strong reputation for “molding intelligent, goal-oriented young ladies into determined, successful, free-thinking women.”

Overview

Applicants
4,324
Acceptance Rate
54%
Average HS GPA
3.50

GPA Breakdown

29%
Over 3.75
25%
3.50 - 3.74
22%
3.25 - 3.49
18%
3.00 - 3.24
6%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
460 - 560
SAT Math
440 - 540
ACT Composite
19 - 24

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 1

Regular
February 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)
Non-Academic

Character / Personal Qualities

Overall

Students Say

A historically black women’s institution, Spelman College has built a strong reputation for “molding intelligent, goal-oriented young ladies into determined, successful, free-thinking women.” Many prospective students are attracted to the school’s “powerful history,” including the “long list of successful, educated, strong, black women who have attended Spelman College” during the century since its founding. Once on campus, students are happy to report that Spelman’s “professors are committed to the mission of the school,” and they really “bring out the best” in their students. In the classroom, students are “encouraged to state our opinions,” and professors “allow room for us to challenge and discuss what they present.” You’ll definitely work hard to stay afloat in this “challenging academic environment,” because professors “do not allow for even a minute amount of slacking when it comes to completing assignments and being on time for class.” Fortunately, there are “many academic resources available to help us, such as tutoring services and a writing center.” Plus, the majority of Spelman professors “take additional time outside of instructional time to assist their students” with course work. Of particular note, Spelman is “very focused on the sciences and improving the number of African American women in this field, and they offer many facilities, faculty, and opportunities” for advanced study. As graduation approaches, the “Career Counseling Center is extremely strong and has helped numerous students find employment and graduate school placements.” While the future looks bright for Spelman grads, many say this private institution could better serve its students by freeing up “more money for scholarships and financial aid.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10:1
Total Faculty
244
with Terminal Degree
185

207
Minority
170
Women
74
Men

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Rosalind G. Brewer
CEO, Sams Club

Evelyn Hammonds
Dean of Harvard College

La'Shonda Holmes
First Black Female helicopter pilot in Coast Guard history

LaTanya Richardson Jackson
Stage, film and television actress

Audrey Forbes Manley
Former Acting Surgeon General of the U.S.

Marcelite J. Harris
Major General, First AA female general in US Air F

Varnette Honeywood
International renowned artist

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
67
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Feb 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$12,056

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$13,427

Average Need-Based Loan
$7,666

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$35,516

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
70%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$13,121

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$22,055
Required Fees
$3,441
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$2,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,800

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships
Need-Based United Negro College Fund

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

Spelman College is "full of warm, welcoming, sisterly, and highly educated African American women." A unique environment, "Spelman College offers a chance for African American women to be the majority," and students appreci­ ate being "surrounded and empowered by other young, intelligent, and goal­ oriented women like myself." At the same time, "the institution promotes diversity within the student body," and Spelman women "come in all shapes and sizes and from all walks of life, though linked by our African descent. Anyone can find their place here." Confidence and individuality are prized at Spelman, and the typical undergraduate "speaks her mind, wears what she wants, [and] is comfortable in her own skin, yet she has empathy and a strong sense of social justice." Many students "love to do service for the community" and are involved in philanthropic projects around Atlanta. Spelman women are "hardworking and focused on academics." However, most are "excellent at balancing a full course load and an active social life."

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,135
Out of State
73%

International
0%
Foreign Countries Represented
13

Demographics

100.00%
Unknown

100% female
0% male
73% are out of state
97% are full time
3% are part time

Overview

Students Say

There's a "strong sense of tradition and loyalty" on the Spelman campus, and most students are deeply involved in the community. From service groups to sororities, "there are so many organizations and clubs that you're bound to find one that fits you." There are tons of "opportunities to obtain leadership posi­ tions" outside the classroom, and many students are "very involved in campus life." A first-year student details, "In my freshman year already, I've walked in a fashion show, I was crowned Miss Glee Club, I write for the campus newspaper, and I play on the softball team." There's a constant buzz of activity on campus, and "informational forums, career fairs, college fairs, performances, and sport­ ing events are at the forefront of everyone's campus life." Socially, "Greek Life is quite important at Spelman College, but isn't a must." Even if you don't join a sorority, "there are a lot of social events on campus," and two other historically black colleges, Clark Atlanta and Morehouse, "are only inches away." Spelman undergrads say, "The camaraderie between the schools is great," and "joint homecoming with Morehouse is the highlight of the entire year." Off campus, students "go skating, bowling, and to Six Flags Over Georgia, as well as to Atlanta Falcons, Hawks, and Braves." Nearby, Atlantic Station is home to "a major movie theater, shopping, restaurants, and a bowling alley."

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
71%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
79
First-Year Students living on campus
99%

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating
92

Housing Options

Dorms Female
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
119
Number of Honor Societies
13

Number of Social Sororities
6
Number of Religious Organizations
7

10% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
None


Student Services

Health
Womens Center
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Georgia Tech
Navy ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Morehouse
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Georgia Tech and Clark Atlanta

Sustainability

Awarded the 2013 Tree Campus USA recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its dedication to trees and engaging students in conservation efforts, Spelman College is also one of three locations in Atlanta chosen to participate in the Greater Atlanta EcoDistrict initiative. The EcoDistrict initiative aims to promote locally sourced food, energy efficient retrofitting, and youth-led park designs in the hopes of gaining community support for sustainability practices. Spelman led the way with its LEED-certified residence hall suites, the first of its kind on a Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) campus, and has been recognized for its use of non-toxic cleaners, paperless business practices, and low-maintenance landscaping that utilizes water recycled from storm water and cooling systems. When constructing Spelman’s green dorm, known as The Suites, 20 percent of building materials were manufactured locally and 75 percent of construction waste was diverted from landfills (the dorm itself includes ten recycling stations). The college’s Sustainability Pledge, an online checklist students are encouraged to complete, provides tips to save energy in all aspects of campus life, from powering down your computer when it’s not in use and changing out incandescent light bulbs with compact florescent ones, to taking the stairs instead of elevators and washing only full loads of clothes using just warm or cold water. Earth Week, not just Earth Day, is celebrated at Spelman, and there’s often a panel discussion for students to learn more about jobs in the environmental sector, from science to law.

Green Rating
88
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
17%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
66

Average Number of PC's per Lab
15

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
No

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
85%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell Apple CDW-G Lenovo

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Sonya Corley
Associate Director of Admissions

Address
Admissions Office
350 Spelman Lane
Atlanta, GA 30314

Phone
800-241-3421


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Sister's Chapel
The Spelman College Museum of Fine Art
Camille Olivia Hanks-Cosby Academic Center
Albro, Falconer, Manley Science Center
The Oval and Alumni Arch

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Non-Violent Change
Historic Auburn Avenue
Georgia Aquarium
Stone Mountian Park
Centennial Olympic Park

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday
9am-5pm
800-241-3421

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 11am or 2pm
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
By invitation to special programs for admitted students

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Hartsfield International Airport in Atlanta is a 20-minute drive from campus. Taxis, airport limousines (to some hotels), and MARTA (public transportation) trains are available for the trip between airport and campus. Amtrak trains and Greyhound buses provide service to Atlanta. MARTA trains and buses provide very good public transportation throughout the metropolitan area. The campus is accessible from #68 Ashby (West End station), #63 Atlanta University Ctr. (Vine City station), or #13 West Fair.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-75 North and South: Take I-20 West and exit at Lee Street. Turn right on to Lee Street and continue through the next traffic light (Westview Drive). You will see a large parking lot on the right-hand side. Turn right into the first driveway and you will approach the gates of Spelman College. From I-20 West: Exit Ashby Street. Cross Ashby Street and continue on Oak Street to the next traffic light. Turn left on to Lee Street and cross the bridge over I-20 and continue through the next two traffic lights. You will see a large parking lot on the right-hand side. Turn right into the first driveway and you will approach the gates of Spelman College. From I-20 East: Exit at Lee Street. Turn right on to Lee Street and continue through the next light (Westview Drive). You will see a large parking lot on the right-hand side. Turn right into the first driveway and you will approach the gates of Spelman College. From Downtown Atlanta: Take Peachtree Streets south to Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and turn right. Continue on M.L. King Jr. Drive to Northside and turn left. Continue on Northside through next three traffic lights (passing Burger King on the right). Turn right at the fourth traffic light (Greensfery Avenue). Continue on Greensfery through the stop sign. Turn left into the gate of Spelman College.

Local Accommodations
The Sheraton Atlanta Hotel is a full service hotel located in the heart of downtown Atlanta. This is a 765 room hotel with 24 hour fitness center and indoor swimming pool. Three on-site restaurants allow for formal or casual dining. This hotel is conveniently located near the major highways and is a 7 minute drive from Spelman's campus. The Regency Suites is located in Midtown and is about a 10 minute drive from campus. There are several other resorts, hotels, and inns in the area. Please contact CONNECTIONS at 800-262-9974 for information and reservations on these and other properties. Please ask them about the "Spelman Educational Rate" offered by many of the hotels.