Spelman College Details
350 Spelman lane, SW
Our Whole School for Christ
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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.
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.
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
Estimated total cost: $27,423
|In State Tuition
|Out of State Tuition
|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.
April 1 (priority); continuous notification
Regular Decision- February 1 (fall)
Early Decision - November 1
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)
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
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
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%
Intercollegiate Sports: women’s basketball, tennis, track and field, and
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.
Commencement and conferring of degrees: May
One summer session.
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