Spelman College

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.

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Spelman College
350 Spelman Ln SW
Atlanta , GA 30314-4399
General Phone: (404) 681-3643

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Spelman College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts247women's studies, French language, Spanish language, English, interdisciplinary studies, anthropology, economics, international relations, political science, ...
Therapy and Counseling97psychology
Science64biology, biochemistry, natural sciences, chemistry, physics
Education and Teaching18education
Drama and Performing Arts12dance, drama
Religion and Philosophy7philosophy, religion
Computer Science and Engineering4computer and info science
Conservation and Resource Management4environmental science
Fine Arts3fine arts studies
Family and Social Work1human services
Art Studies0visual and performing arts

Number of programs and degrees for Spelman College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree48330

Spelman College Student Body

Spelman College is a historically black college.

In 2007-2008, Spelman College had a total enrollment of 2,343 students (2,549 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Women 100%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
Unknown 41%
(Foreign Students) 59%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 42%
20-21 45%
22-24 8%
25-29 1%
30-34 1%
35-39 0%
40-49 1%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York6%
New Jersey5%
North Carolina4%
Washington, DC2%
South Carolina2%
New Mexico1%
(International Students)1%

Spelman College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 88 %

Spelman College Room and Board (2007)

Spelman College offers campus housing for 1,481 of its 2,549 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Atlanta, Georgia for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Georgia Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 21 meals per week.

Spelman College Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal500580
SAT Math490570
ACT Verbal2126
ACT Math1924
ACT Composite2125

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT78%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT53%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Spelman College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 20,531
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 20,531
Room and board $ 9,734
Books and supplies $ 1,800
Other expenses $ 3,600

Financial Aid:
Spelman College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 159400)

Spelman College Faculty

Spelman College has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year11$70,69617$84,771
Associate professoracademic year23$65,90639$65,773
Assistant professoracademic year10$55,23625$49,074
Instructoracademic year6$43,67921$45,894
Lectureracademic year9$45,6738$47,292
No academic rankacademic year0*5$60,994
All faculty totalacademic year59$59,644115$59,828

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Spelman College Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Visual and Performing Arts, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Education, General

Engineering, General

Family And Social Work
Human Services, General

Fine Arts
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General

Music, General

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Natural Sciences
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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