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Spelman College

#51 in National Liberal Arts Colleges (tie) • Atlanta, GA

Atlanta, GA

Spelman College is a private institution that was founded in 1881. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,417 (fall 2021), its setting is urban, and the campus size is 39 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Spelman College's ranking in the 2022-2023 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, #51. Its tuition and fees are $28,885.

Founded in 1881 as the Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary, Spelman College is the oldest historically Black college for women in America. Located just five minutes outside of downtown Atlanta, Spelman is part of the Atlanta University Center Consortium, the largest association of historically Black institutions of higher learning in the world. First- and second-year students are required to live on campus. There are more than 60 organizations for students to choose from, including Greek life, which constitutes the largest group of students on campus. Spelman College does not compete in intercollegiate athletics; instead, it offers a wellness program for all students.

As part of the Atlanta University Center Consortium, Spelman partners with Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College and Morehouse School of Medicine. The consortium is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide quality education for Black students. Spelman's Women's Research and Resource Center is the first of its kind on a Black college campus devoted to a women's studies curriculum. Stepping, which is a series of movements involving beats, rhythms, calls and chants, is performed by the Greek organizations on campus, and step shows are a popular occurrence among the Atlanta University Center colleges.

Notable alumni of Spelman include Audrey F. Manley, the former surgeon general of the United States and Maj. Gen. Marcelite J. Harris, the first African American female general of the U.S. Air Force. Alice Walker, author of "The Color Purple," attended Spelman College as well.


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Spelman College's 2022-2023 Rankings

Spelman College is ranked #51 out of 210 National Liberal Arts Colleges. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence.

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Spelman College Alumni Starting Salaries

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Spelman College Admissions

Spelman College admissions is more selective with an acceptance rate of 51% and an early acceptance rate of 71.5%. Half the applicants admitted to Spelman College have an SAT score between 1060 and 1240 or an ACT score of 20 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.

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Academic Life at Spelman College

The student-faculty ratio at Spelman College is 11:1, and the school has 58.5% of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Spelman College include: Psychology, General; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; Political Science and Government, General; Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General; English Language and Literature, General; Economics, General; International/Globalization Studies; Computer and Information Sciences, General; and Mathematics, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 90%.

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Student Life at Spelman College

Spelman College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,417 (fall 2021), with a gender distribution of 0% male students and 100% female students. At this school, 55% of the students live in college-owned, -operated or -affiliated housing and 45% of students live off campus.

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Spelman College Tuition & Financial Aid

At Spelman College, 77% of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid, and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $13,346.

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Spelman College Campus

Spelman College offers a number of student services, including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, health insurance. Spelman College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc.). Of the students at Spelman College, 10% have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Spelman College.

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