Spelman College

Atlanta, GA

Spelman, founded in 1881, is a private, historically black, liberal arts college for women. Its 32-acre campus is located one mile from downtown Atlanta.

Website: www.spelman.edu/

Private
2,137
Undergraduate
Students
(100.0%) 2,137 Women
(%Not Reported) Men
Not reported
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Very difficult
Overall Admission Rate
40% of 8,344 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Decision Offered
Yes
Regular Admission Deadline
February 1

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.60
SAT Math
557 average
520-590 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
589 average
550-625 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
23 average
22-26 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$53,179
Tuition and Fees
$29,064
Room and Board
$13,865
Average Percent of Need Met
32%
Average Freshman Award
$15,660
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$32,427
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
173
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 26% of classes
10-19 students: 36% of classes
20-29 students: 29% of classes
30-39 students: 8% of classes
40-49 students: 1% of classes
50-99 students: 1% of classes
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Campus Life

Atlanta Population
443,775
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Atlanta
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are given priority consideration for housing
Students in College Housing
67% of all students
Athletic Conferences
 
Mascot
Jaguars
Sororities
6% of women participate
Fraternities
 
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
1.6% American Indian/Alaskan Native
0.0% Asian
97.7% Black/African-American
0.1% Hispanic/Latino
0.5% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
0.1% White
0.0% Unknown
International Students
0.8% from 9 countries
First-Year Students Returning
89.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
68.6%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
32%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
30.0%
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Very Difficult: More than 50% of freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT I or over 26 on the ACT; about 60% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is required

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 4  
Mathematics 2 4
Science 2 3
Foreign Language 2 3
Social Studies   2
History   1
Academic Electives 6  

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required February 1
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT Required for some February 1
SAT Subject Tests Only  
SAT Essay Component Policy Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Not used
ACT: Not used

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
350 Spelman Lane, SW
City, State, Zip
Atlanta, GA 30314-4399
Phone
(404) 270-5193
Fax
(404) 215-7788
E-mail
admiss@spelman.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
February 1
Application Fee
$35
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
April 1
Accept Offer of Admission
May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
Yes
Early Decision Deadline
November 1
Early Decision Notification
December 15
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Action Deadline
November 15
Early Action Notification
December 31

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
2 required for all freshmen
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
40% of 8,344 applicants were admitted
Women
40% of 8,344 applicants were admitted
Men
Not reported
Students Enrolled
641 (19%) of 3,342 admitted students enrolled
Women
641 (19%) of 3,342 admitted students enrolled
Men
Not reported
Early Decision Admission Rate
36% of 292 applicants were admitted
Early Action Admission Rate
58% of 2832 applicants were admitted
Students Offered Wait List
546
Students Accepting Wait List Position
177
Students Admitted From Wait List
20

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.60
3.75 and Above
42%
3.50 - 3.74
26%
3.25 - 3.49
19%
3.00 - 3.24
8%
2.50 - 2.99
4%
2.00 - 2.49
1%

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
557 average
520-590 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
3%
Score of 600 - 700
19%
Score of 500 - 600
67%
Score of 400 - 500
10%
Score of 300 - 400
1%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
589 average
550-625 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
5%
Score of 600 - 700
38%
Score of 500 - 600
54%
Score of 400 - 500
2%
Score of 300 - 400
1%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
23 average
22-26 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
3%
Score of 24 - 29
44%
Score of 18 - 23
51%
Score of 12 - 17
2%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 26%
Top quarter: 53%
Top half: 89%
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$53,179
Tuition and Fees
$29,064
Room and Board
$13,865
Books and Supplies
$3,000
Other Expenses
$7,000
Payment Plans
 

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
admiss@spelman.edu
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline February 1
Award Notification
On a rolling basis beginning December 15
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 001594
Free

Profile of 2017 - 18 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
529 (96.9%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
472 (89.2%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
472 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
219 (46.4%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
32%
Average Award
$15,660
Need-Based Gift
Received by 465 (98.5%) of aid recipients, average amount $12,119
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 398 (84.3%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,865
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 8 (1.7%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
57 (10.4%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $45,405

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
1,884 (90.3%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
1,723 (91.5%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,723 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
839 (48.7%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
35%
Average Award
$17,443
Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,504 (87.3%) of aid recipients, average amount $14,406
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,460 (84.7%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,924
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 31 (1.8%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
161 (7.7%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $39,108

Borrowing

2016 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
80%
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$32,427
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
59.0%
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
6.0%

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans
State Loans
Available
Other Loans
 

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$1,813
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Not reported
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • Computer Science
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Economics, General
  • Engineering, General
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental Studies
  • French Language and Literature
  • History, General
  • Human Services, General
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Mathematics, General
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Music, General
  • Philosophy
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Sociology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
  • Women's Studies
Most Popular Disciplines
Social sciences, Psychology, Biological/life sciences
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
Engineering
Special Programs
Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Double major, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
No online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
173
Part-Time Faculty
68
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
66%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 26% of classes
10-19 students: 36% of classes
20-29 students: 29% of classes
30-39 students: 8% of classes
40-49 students: 1% of classes
50-99 students: 1% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 31% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 52% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 15% of discussion sections/labs
30-39 students: 1% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
752,167
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
700
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Not Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Not reported

Master's Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Not reported

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Location and Setting


Atlanta Population
443,775
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Atlanta
Campus Size
39 acres

Weather

Temperature
31.5 average low in January, 85.8 average high in September
Rain
116 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
5 mile(s) from campus in Atlanta
Nearest Train Station
7 mile(s) from campus in Atlanta

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Women only housing
Students in College Housing
67% of all students
Housing Requirements
Freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are given priority consideration for housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
33%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
Assistance in locating off-campus housing is available

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
lighted pathways/sidewalks

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Not offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
 
Mascot
Jaguars
School Colors
Columbia blue and white

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Women's Club Sports
 
Men's Club Sports
 

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
 

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, drama theatre, student newspaper, national sororities, glee club, theater program, student government, honors program, religious groups
Sororities
6% of women participate
Fraternities
 
ROTC
Army ROTC is offered off campus, Navy ROTC is offered off campus, Air Force ROTC offered off campus

Student Body


Coeducational
No, women only
All Undergraduates
2,137
Women
2,137 (100.0%)
Men
NotReported (%NotReported)
Full-Time Undergraduates
2,086
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
1.6% American Indian/Alaskan Native
0.0% Asian
97.7% Black/African-American
0.1% Hispanic/Latino
0.5% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
0.1% White
0.0% Unknown
International Students.
0.8% from 9 countries
Average Age
20
All Graduate Students
Not reported

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
89.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
68.6%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
72.6%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
75.0%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
32%
Average Starting Salary
32%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
30.0%
Disciplines Pursued
Business 1%
Engineering 1%
Law 10%
Theology 1%
Arts and Sciences 16%
Medicine 3%
Education 9%
Other 3%

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