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Study at Spelman College

Spelman College was established in 1881, and was initially known as the Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary, and was given its present name in the year 1924. Spelman College is a private women's college located in Atlanta, Georgia. The main campus of the college consists of five buildings which are spread across an area of 9 acres. The institution offers over 25 majors and minors in streams including humanities, social sciences, arts, mathematics, and natural sciences. Continuing education and off-campus study programs are also organized by the college.

Spelman College's athletics department fields a number of women's sports teams. They compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III in basketball, golf, cross-country, softball, and tennis. The teams are known as the Jaguars.

Profile of Spelman College

Spelman College is located in a large city, in Atlanta, GA. The school is a private, not-for-profit institution. Degree levels at Spelman College top out at the Bachelor's degree.

Course Topics

Students at the school often study mathematics, science, therapy and Counselling, and liberal arts.

Spelman College Selectivity

The admissions department at Spelman College does not accept all those who apply. In 2007, 63% of applicants were rejected at the school. Most students' verbal SAT scores were in the range of 500 to 590 in 2007. A quarter of students admitted in 2007 scored 570 or higher on the math SAT.


Students at the school benefit from the low student/teacher ratio. The school's tenure system is geared toward rewarding and keeping the most valuable professors. By paying its faculty better than most schools, the school tries to attract and retain a high quality teaching staff.

Student Enrolment

Spelman College offers classes to 2, 343 students (2, 278 full-time equivalent). Minorities are common at the school. A very high share of students at Spelman College are female.

Student Life

The school has a residential or campus feel. Many students live in housing on or near campus. The school does offer meal plans to students.

The school reports its educational mission is:

"An outstanding historically Black college for women. Spelman promotes academic excellence in the liberal arts, and develops the intellectual, ethical, and leadership potential of its students. Spelman seeks to empower the total person, who appreciates the many cultures of the world and commits to positive social change"

Spelman College Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Liberal Arts193English, political science, economics, interdisciplinary studies, sociology, international relations, history, Spanish language, . . .
Therapy and Counselling97psychology
Science80biology, chemistry, biochemistry, physics, natural sciences
Education and Teaching19Education
Computer Science and Engineering7computer and info science
Drama and Performing Arts7drama, dance
Religion and Philosophy5philosophy, religion
Fine Arts2fine arts studies
Conservation and Resource Management1environmental science
Family and Social Work1human services
Art Studies0visual and performing arts

Contact: Spelman College

Spelman College

350 Spelman Ln SW

Atlanta, GA 30314-4399

General Phone: (404) 681-3643


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