Ranked as one of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges, Spelman College is a college for women of all races, ethnicities and cultures. Situated on 39 beautiful acres just minutes from downtown Atlanta, GA, this four-year institution is part of a consortium of historically black institutions. Partners include the Interdenominational Theological Center, Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, and Morehouse School of Medicine.
The majority of faculty hold terminal degrees in their areas of expertise and the student to teacher ratio is extremely low. The school prides itself on globalizing and integrating learning by teaching using creative and innovative methods.
Numerous student-centered activities are offered and the school encourages community involvement. There are community service programs such as the Up Til Dawn Community Service Group that works with St. Jude’s Hospital as well as other various civic organizations. There is also an active Greek life on campus that combines sistership, fun and community service to provide enriching experiences that will last a lifetime. In addition, the school offers cultural events, sports, and numerous other campus activities to ensure that students gain an educational experience that will expand their educational, cultural, social and interpersonal views.
Founded in 1881, Spelman College shares cross-registration with its undergraduate partners, offering Bachelor of Arts (BA) degrees and Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees in a variety of academic programs. BA degrees are offered in some areas including child development, political science, music, Spanish, religion, art, comparative women’s studies, and economics. Students can choose BS degrees in areas such as biochemistry, engineering, computer and information systems, and environmental science.
A unique program is their Dual Degree Engineering Program (DDEP). This program combines a liberal arts degree with an engineering degree. Students enrolled in this program spend three years here and spend another two years at an engineering institution.
They also offers pre-med and pre-dentistry courses. These classes fulfill the entrance requirements to most medical and dental schools. Pre-law courses are available, too.
In addition, continuing education is offered for students of all ages. Some courses include Children’s Dance and Drama, College Prep Institute, Head Start, summer programs, and more. The honors program is designed for students desiring a stimulating educational environment.
Because of the numerous advantages of studying in a global environment, students are encouraged to participate in a study-abroad program during their junior year. Financial aid may be utilized to pay for this and there are also a few scholarships dedicated exclusively to international programs. Their international exchange program offers studying abroad opportunities in countries such as England, Scotland, Ghana, and the Czech Republic.
Note: Spelman College does NOT offer summer classes.
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The college is open to all female students who demonstrate the desire to further their education and who hold a high school diploma, or equivalent. The school is especially interested in female students who have taken advanced academic courses in high school. Potential students should be aware that Spelman takes its academics very seriously; all students must maintain a minimum GPA or face dismissal. Students that have been dismissed for low grades may re-apply once and if they are dismissed again for poor performance, they cannot be re-admitted.
The college accepts applications for Early Decision and Early Action periods, regular fall admission and regular spring admission. In order for the application packet to be considered complete, students must submit the application and fee, official high school transcripts, a personal essay, SAT or ACT scores and two letters of recommendation from a counselor and a teacher. There is a reduction in the application fee for students who apply online.
Though campus visits are not required, they are encouraged. If interested in visiting the campus prior to applying, campus tours are available Monday through Friday at 11 AM and 2 PM while school is in session.
International students, Atlanta-area high school students who wish to dual-enroll, and transfer students should contact an admissions representative for detailed instructions and requirements for admission as they differ from the standard admission process.
Several financial aid options are available. Qualifying students can receive state and federal grants, work-study opportunities, scholarships, and loans. Students are required to complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to be considered. This form is available online starting in January and students are advised to complete it early in order to be considered for as many types of aid as possible. Financial information for both the applicant and family is required, so students should have this information readily available when completing the FAFSA.
Scholarships in a wide range of award amounts are also offered to students demonstrating a financial need. Scholarships are determined based on the student’s FAFSA information.
Here, students can expect smaller class sizes, with an 11:1 student/teacher ratio. Students can enjoy on-campus living accommodations, cross-registration with all undergraduate institutions in the Atlanta University Center, intercollegiate sports, community service projects, and more. Although there isn’t a marching band, registered students can audition for marching band at Morehouse College.
Other services provided by the college include a career planning & development office, and an on-campus health services facility. The campus also has a shuttle service available, especially for students cross-registered at partnering institutions.
NOTE: Freshmen students are required to live on-campus, and are not allowed vehicles.
Because of its close proximity to downtown Atlanta, students can enjoy area attractions, restaurants, and entertainment.
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The Jaguars support several women’s intercollegiate sports including basketball, cross country, softball, soccer, golf, tennis, and volleyball. The teams are members of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and the Great South Athletic Conference.
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