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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 providing "more money for scholarships and financial aid."

Student Body

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 appreciate 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."

Campus Life

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 positions" 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 sporting 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 [games]." Nearby, Atlantic Station is home to "a major movie theater, shopping, restaurants, and a bowling alley."


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
500 - 590
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
480 - 580
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
490 - 585

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
550 - 650
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
510 - 600

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
22 - 26

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted


Early Decision — November 1

Early Action — November 15

Regular — February 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay

Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating

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Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


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


  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology, General

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences,Other

  • Education

  • Education, General

  • Engineering

  • Engineering, General

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • French Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General

  • History

  • History, General

  • Leisure and Recreational Activities

  • Art

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Human Services, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Music, General
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Interest Inventory
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

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

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

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

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Interest Inventory
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Feb 15

Required Forms

State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants


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

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)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



100% female
0% male
72% are out of state
97% are full time
3% are part time


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Dorms Female
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

2% join a sorority


Athletic Division

Student Services

Womens Center
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Morehouse
Navy ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Morehouse
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Georgia Tech


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.


Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees

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:

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:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Dell Apple CDW-G Lenovo

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

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

Campus Visits Contact

Doris Wingham

Admissions Office
350 Spelman Lane
Atlanta, GA 30314


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

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions
Not Available


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Contact Admissions Office

By invitation to special programs for admitted students


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.

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