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School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 1881
    • Size:
    • Small (<5000 students)
    • Type:
    • Private non-profit
    • Category:
    • Universities, colleges
      Religiously affliated
    • Specialization:
    • Seminary 1
    • Climate:
    • Temperate
    • Location:
    • 350 Spelman Lane S.W., Atlanta, Georgia, United States, 30314
    • Phone:
    • +14046813643
    • Setting:
    • Urban

The History of Spelman College

Founded in 1881 as the Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary, we became Spelman College in 1924. Now a global leader in the education of women of African descent, Spelman College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and we are proud members of the Atlanta University Center Consortium.

Spelman empowers women to engage the many cultures of the world and inspires a commitment to positive social change through service. We are dedicated to academic excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and the intellectual, creative, ethical and leadership development of our students.

Spelman College, a historically Black college and a global leader in the education of women of African descent, is dedicated to academic excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and the intellectual, creative, ethical, and leadership development of its students. Spelman empowers the whole person to engage the many cultures of the world and inspires a commitment to positive social change.

Academic Highlights

The most popular majors at Spelman College include: Psychology, General; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; Political Science and Government, General; Economics, General; and English Language and Literature, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 90 percent.

Life in Spelman College

The school sponsored seven varsity sports: basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball. In 2013, Spelman College decided to drop varsity athletics and leave the national Collegiate Athletic Association. Using money originally budgeted to the sports programs, they created wellness programs available for all students.

School Ranking

Spelman College's ranking in the 2020 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, #57.

Admissions

Half the applicants admitted to Spelman College have an SAT score between 1080 and 1220 or an ACT score of 22 and 26. However, one quarter of admitted applicants achieved scores above these ranges and one quarter scored below these ranges. The application deadline is Feb. 1 and the application fee at Spelman College is $40.

Notable Alumni

  • Stacey Abrams 
  • Tina McElroy Ansa
  • Blanche Armwood
  • Mary Barksdale 
  • Loretta Copeland Biggs
  • Janet Bragg 

Acceptance Rate

Spelman College acceptance rate 40 percent.

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