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Spelman College

Spelman College Rating: 4.5/5 (11 votes)

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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.

Financial Aid

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.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 706th for the average student loan amount.
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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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Student Graduation Demographics


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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Ranks 4th in Georgia and 223rd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Georgia and 524th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.05
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 5 0.23
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 15 0.69
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 3,518 0.83
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 88 0.02
Forcible Rape 148 0.03
Robbery 2,343 0.55
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 7,499 1.76
Larceny 17,274 4.06
Vehicle theft 5,371 1.26

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Atlanta, GA 30314-4399
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population27,181 (27,181 urban / N/A rural)
Households9,385 (2.47 people per house)
Median Household Income$19,438
Families5,132 (3.25 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Baccalaureate Colleges — Arts & Sciences
UndergraduateArts & sciences focus, no graduate coexistence
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate four-year
Size & SettingSmall four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringBachelor's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District1305

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 514th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $21,309 $21,309 $21,309
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $3,325 $3,325 $3,325
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $890 $890 $890
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $42,879 $42,879 $42,879
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $42,879 $42,879 $42,879
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $30,934 $30,934 $30,934

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $23,254 $23,794 $23,254 $23,794 $23,254 $23,794
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $2,000(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $10,986 $11,541
On-Campus – Other Expenses $4,300(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board N/A $11,541
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses N/A $4,300
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board N/A $4,300

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$35
Graduate Application FeeN/A
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 6,081 (N/A male / 6,081 female)
Admitted 2,312 (N/A male / 2,312 female)
Admission rate 38%
First-time Enrollment 523 (N/A male / 523 female)
FT Enrollment 520 (N/A male / 520 female)
PT Enrollment 3 (N/A male / 3 female)
Total Enrollment2,129

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

ACT Test Admission

848th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 55%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 26
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 24
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 24

SAT Test Admission

808th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 74%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 470 / 570
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 460 / 540
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 930 / 1110

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,398
Meals per Week21
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1533rd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $67,622 ($68,702 male / $65,470 female)
Number of FT Faculty 176 (54 male / 122 female)
Number of PT Faculty 250
FT Faculty Ratio 0.7 : 1
Total Benefits $3,874,765

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