Spelman College Details

Email Address admiss@spelman.edu
Co_Education Yes
Campus Address 350 Spelman lane, SW
City Atlanta
State Georgia
Zip 30314
Phone 404-681-3643
Total Enrollment 2290
Motto Our Whole School for Christ
Level of Selectivity Competitive
Location Spelman is located in the metropolitan city of Atlanta, the capital of Georgia (population more than 4 million). The city is served by mass air, rail, and bus transportation. Local transportation on the MARTA provides easy access to downtown, the airport, or virtually anywhere in the metro area. The campus is located a mile west of downtown, close to Underground Atlanta, with its quaint shops. Students have access to fine dining, world-class shopping, art galleries, museums, the Atlanta Symphony or Ballet. Points of interest include the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Non-violent Social Change; the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library; Stone Mountain Park; Six Flags over Georgia amusement park; and the Georgia World Congress Center, which hosts many national conferences. The city of Atlanta is an international center for business, banking, and social change, offering students many professional opportunities.
History Spelman College (SC) is a four-year, private, female liberal arts institution founded in 1881 as Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary by Sophia B. Packard and Harriet E. Giles who were commissioned by the Womens American Baptist Home Mission Society. Spelman began in the basement of Friendship Baptist Church with eleven pupils made up of ten women and one girl who were determined to learn to read and write. Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary became Spelman Seminary for Women and Girls in 1884 and became Spelman College in 1924. Two years after its founding, the former barracks and drill grounds used for federal troops after the Civil War were purchased for the school. To pay the enormous debt, the black community, the Negro Baptist of Georgia and individuals contributed money to purchase the property. John D. Rockefeller was so impressed with the school when he visited that before he left, he paid the outstanding balance, which resulted in a name change to Spelman Seminary, in honor of Rockefeller’s wife, Mrs. Laura Spelman and her parents, Harvey Buel and Lucy Henry Spelman. Several years later, Rockefeller donated $40,000 toward the building of Rockefeller Hall, named in his honor. Spelman continues to be blessed with friends dedicated to its mission to provide high-quality educational opportunities to black women. Spelman was the recipient of a $20-million gift from entertainer Bill Cosby and his wife Camille to build the Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby Academic Center. The school also receives $37 million from the DeWitt Wallace/Spelman College Fund, which was established by the founder of the Reader’s Digest Association. The College has gained national recognition as a result of such philanthropic gifts and the fact that it was the basis for the fictional black college in the television show “A Different World.” Despite large-scale development, Spelman has retained its intimate academic atmosphere. In particular, the faculty members place special emphasis on the cultural, social, and personal development of each student and sisterhood and individual discovery is encouraged and stressed. Spelman’s rich history is evident in the diverse architecture of its campus structures. From historic to state-of-the-art, Spelman’s twenty-six–building campus is situated on 39 acres. Spelman is an integral part of the Atlanta University Center, a cooperative cluster of five predominately black colleges and universities.
Band Program No
Religious Affiliation No
Accrediation Spelman College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees.
Costs per Year 2006–07 Tuition: $14,470 Room and board: $8750 Special fees: $2535 Books: $1668 Estimated total cost: $27,423
In State Tuition 14470
Out of State Tuition 14470
Financial Aid-Institutional Funding Percentage of students receiving financial aid: 87 Financial Aid Specific to the School Army, Air Force, or Navy ROTC in cooperation with Georgia Institute of Technology: Offers two-, three- and four-year scholarships that pay tuition, fees, books, and other expenses, as well as provide a monthly stipend. Students should contact the ROTC Office.
Financial-Aid Deadline April 1 (priority); continuous notification
Admission Deadline Regular Decision- February 1 (fall) Early Decision - November 1
Entrance Requirements Graduation from an accredited high school (or equivalent) and completion of the following units: 4 English, 3 to 4 mathematics (advanced algebra, trigonometry or pre-calculus), 3 to 4 science (2 labs,more recommended), 3 to 4 history, 3 to 4 foreign language; minimum 2.0 GPA (average is 3.0); two recommendations from teacher and counselor; personal essay; evidence of leadership or involvement in area of social concern. A $35 application fee is required (online fee is $25). Admission Contact: Director of Admissions, Spelman College, Box 277, 350 Spelman Lane SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30314-9811; Telephone: 800-982-2411 Ext. 4 (toll-free); 404-681-3643 Ext. 2188; 404-215-7788 (fax)
Graduation Requirements A minimum of 120 credit hours and completion of core requirements, including twelve natural science, twelve social science, six humanities, six fine arts; freshman orientation; minimum 2.0 GPA; C or higher in English composition; and a minimum 32 hours earned at Spelman.
Student Body Profile Total enrollment: 2,290 Full-time undergraduates: 2,209 Part-time undergraduates: 99 Ethnic/racial makeup: African American, 2084; Other/Unclassified, 43 CLASS OF 2002–2003 PROFILE Number of applicants: 3,166
Diversity 43
Student Life Campus Regulations: Cars permitted for sophmores, juniors and seniors; there are no curfews; quiet hours; dorm visitation is 6pm -11:30 p.m. daily. Men are not allowed in dormitory rooms on Sunday. Campus Services: Health center, personal and psychological counseling, career planning and placement, student employment services, tutoring, women’s center, child care, late-night escort, religious activities. Campus Activities: Social and cultural activities include theater, band, chorale, art exhibits, a lecture series, and dances. Specific groups include the renowned Spelman Glee Club, Spelman-Morehouse Chorus, and the Spelman-Morehouse Players. Students may work on the Spotlight (student-run newspaper), Reflections (yearbook), and Focus (literary magazine featuring creative writing by Spelman students). Leadership opportunities can be found in the Student Government Association or the numerous other organizations. Greek sororities include Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Sigma Gamma Rho and Zeta Phi Beta. AST (African Sisterhood), a community service organization, was founded at Spelman in 1988. Many opportunities exist for Spelman students to interact with students at the other Atlanta University Center Institutions: Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Interdenominational Theological Seminary, and Morehouse School of Medicine. Housing Availability: 1,294 housing spaces; freshman housing guaranteed. Handicapped Services: Wheelchair accessibility, restrooms, lowered drinking fountains.
Faculty Profile Number of faculty members: 240 Student-teacher ratio: 10:1 Full-time faculty members: 167 Part-time faculty members: 82 Faculty members with doctorates or other terminal degrees: 87%
Athletic Program Intercollegiate Sports: women’s basketball, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. Intramural Sports: diving, softball, and swimming. Athletic Contact: Director of Health, Recreation, and Physical Education, Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia 30314; Telephone: 401-681-3643 Ext. 2203.
School Calender August-May (semesters) Commencement and conferring of degrees: May One summer session.
Website http://www.spelman.edu/
Degrees Bachelor of Arts: Anthropology, Art, Child Development, Comparative Women’s Studies, Ecomonics, English, History, Human Services, Independent Major, International Studies, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Sociology and Anthropology, Theatre, Dance and Drama Bachelor of Science: Biology, Bio-Chemistry, Computer and Information Sciences, Dual Degree Engineering, Environmental Science, Physics
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