About Spelman College

Founded in 1881, Spelman College. is a Private college. Located in Georgia, which is a city setting in Georgia, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 2,125 full time undergraduate students, and 0 full time graduate students.

The Spelman College Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 11:1. There are 171 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Spelman College include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate35%
Application Deadline1-Nov
Application Fee35
SAT Range980-1170
ACT Range22-26

Admissions at are considered More Selective, with ,130% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 7 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

97% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 70% were in the top quarter, and 33% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.


We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Spelman College.

“We”re apathetic”
“We know about current events and vote”
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
“We save it for the classroom”
“Sometimes, but not often”
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
“All the time, including weekends”
“I”m always terrified”
“I only go out in groups”
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
“I feel extremely safe”
“We don”t play sports”
“We play recreationally”
“We bought the gear”
“We live for the big game”
“It”s not really our thing”
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
“There are a variety of opportunities”
“We”re a very artistic group”
“Haven”t met them”
“Available in class”
“They keep regular office hours”
“They”re always available”
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
“We”re not into drinking at all”
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
“We only party on weekends”
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
“Never, we”re here to learn”
“There might be people who do”
“People are known to partake on weekends”
“There”s a huge drug scene”

Spelman College REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    267 Students rated on-campus housing 3.2 stars. 6 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    192 Students rated off-campus housing 3.5 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    276 Students rated campus food 2.7 stars. 5 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    275 Students rated campus facilities 4 stars. 36 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    275 Students rated class size 4.7 stars. 76 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    275 Students rated school activities 4.2 stars. 47 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    276 Students rated local services 4 stars. 40 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    275 Students rated academics 4.2 stars. 51 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Spelman College?

104 Students rated Spelman College

Malia - 05/28/2024

Spelman is wonderful, from the diversity to the academics. It is incredibly refreshing to attend a school where I get to be around individuals from similar backgrounds as mine. The professors are kind and understanding, as well as active within the school community.

Enjoli - 01/30/2023

My opinion of Spelman College is it's an amazing school that definitely shows black excellence. It has many opportunities for anyone majoring or minoring, and the teachers have many connections to others schools. Everyone is sociable and has a positive mindset.

Teresa - 11/21/2022

Spelman College is a safe space for you black women to grow mentally and emotionally. There is a gap of where all the financial money goes for the students who need it. I see it going to students who are not in as dire of a need and they’re families already having some sort of affiliation with the school. With that being said, I don’t have enough money to find my education as a first-generation college student and a product of a single mother and Spelman hasn’t provided adequate help in showing that they care about my financial needs.

Raegan - 01/09/2022

It’s been my top pick HBCU to meet my collegiate needs for the past 5 years, since I visited the campus with a favorite cousin that also is an alumni of the school. I have been accepted for the Fall 2022, and can not wait! I know that this opportunity is going to shape and direct me in ways I can yet to comprehend, not to mention the connections and vast collaboration with male and females of color! I’m stoked!

Spelman College FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Spelman College?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Spelman College is 35%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    Bill Cosby said, “There is a time and place for everything and it is called college.” If there is any place where one will have a life changing experience it is college. If I had the chance to coach myself back in high school, with my current knowledge, I would provide three pieces of advice. It would be about funding, eliminating procrastination and valuable study habits. Anxiety arises and receiving acceptance letters from dream schools is overwhelming. For me, nothing mattered besides getting in. All I thought about was friends, shopping, and college life out of state. If I could give myself advice, I would’ve begged myself to apply for scholarships. I would urge myself to stay away from student loans; actually I would suggest books, and extensive online research. Also, contacting a financial aid officer at the school to find other sources of funding would be helpful. Between classes and extracurricular activities, life is consuming. I would suggest a planner to avoid procrastination. Staying organized is key to success. I would tell myself to find good study habits such as reading over notes and resources. With all of these tools, college would have been a piece of cake.

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  3. Describe the students at your school.

    I would consider my classmates to be life long friends and associates; who made my time at Spelman some of the best years of my life.

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  4. What's unique about your campus?

    Since Spelman is part of the Atlanta University Center, we have extremely strong ties with Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University, which only increases the chances of meeting new people and making new connections with faculty and staff.

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  5. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    Commitment to the success and development of independent women.

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  6. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    One thing that my school, as well as the students, take great pride in is our rich tradition. If you are not interested in participating in school traditions or building lifelong friendships then this environment would not be suitable for you, because we value our school's history and traditions and it is evident in everything that we do.

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  7. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Someone who is proud of their African American background and/or does not mind slightly annoying constant conversations about race and politics. someone who is willing to learn, but is not easily persuaded- they'll try to get you. Also, women who love to party, but can still pull an 'A' on the exam the morning after. Afterall, it is Atlanta.

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  8. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    Low Financial Aid

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  9. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Spelman College is a great institution with an outstanding learning system that seeks to promote the education of African American women.

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  10. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    The person who attends this school should be a strong, independnet young lady, not afraid to take challenges. A person who is willing to study hard and excel.

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  11. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    Small class sizes, friends/social life

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  12. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    The most frustrating thikng about Spelman College would have to be the required courses that are need for general education but do not pertain to your major whatsoever. Some just seem competely unnecessary but are required to graduate.

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  13. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    My school is best known for educating strong african american woman who enter the work force.

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  14. What are the academics like at your school?

    My major is Biology and I have to say that the biology department at Spleman College is excellent. They will take the time to know who you are. In fact on of my professors knows me by the sound of my voice. They are very helpful and will always be there help you through a problem that may or may not have anything to do with the class.

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  15. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    Spelman creates a very supportive environment with small class sizes, professors who are beyond qualified many of who have their PhDs and many career and internship opportunities. For those who know of Spelman, they are very excited since it is ranked as the top HBCU in the country and of course the Spelman Alumnae are very proud and are part of an extensive and integral network. If I could change anything it would be the price but it is a small, private college and it is honestly worth every penny.

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  16. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    Spelman College is said to be full of stuck-up, boujie, rich females. This stereotype is not accurate because I have several Spelman sisters who have to worry about if they are going to be able to come back the next semester because of money. I also have plenty of down to earth, laid back friends so this stereotype is completely wrong.

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  17. Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

    No they are not true of all the students in the school.

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  18. What is the stereotype of students at your school?

    Some stereotypes that I often hear about Spelman students are that your rich, your stuck up, your snobby and the list goes on. I also hear something like the following: "OOOOOOOO, you go to Spelman, wow, your really smart."

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  19. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    The most wonderful event in my opinion that happens on campus is the Founders Day Convocation. It allows me time to reflect on the campus and its rich heritege. it is also a time when the students wear their white dresses which is a beautiful site to see.

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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

98% of students attending Spelman College receive some sort of financial aid. 65% were awarded federal grants. While 83% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

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