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A historically black women’s institution, Spelman College has built a strong reputation for “molding intelligent, goal-oriented young ladies into determined, successful, free-thinking women.” Many prospective students are attracted to the school’s “powerful history,” including the “long list of successful, educated, strong, black women who have attended Spelman College” during the century since its founding. Once on campus, students are happy to report that Spelman’s “professors are committed to the mission of the school,” and they really “bring out the best” in their students. In the classroom, students are “encouraged to state our opinions,” and professors “allow room for us to challenge and discuss what they present.” You’ll definitely work hard to stay afloat in this “challenging academic environment,” because professors “do not allow for even a minute amount of slacking when it comes to completing assignments and being on time for class.” Fortunately, there are “many academic resources available to help us, such as tutoring services and a writing center.” Plus, the majority of Spelman professors “take additional time outside of instructional time to assist their students” with course work. Of particular note, Spelman is “very focused on the sciences and improving the number of African American women in this field, and they offer many facilities, faculty, and opportunities” for advanced study. As graduation approaches, the “Career Counseling Center is extremely strong and has helped numerous students find employment and graduate school placements.” While the future looks bright for Spelman grads, many say this private institution could better serve its students by providing “more money for scholarships and financial aid.”

Student Body

Spelman College is “full of warm, welcoming, sisterly, and highly educated African American women.” A unique environment, “Spelman College offers a chance for African American women to be the majority,” and students appreciate being “surrounded and empowered by other young, intelligent, and goal-oriented women like myself.” At the same time, “the institution promotes diversity within the student body,” and Spelman women “come in all shapes and sizes and from all walks of life, though linked by our African descent. Anyone can find their place here.” Confidence and individuality are prized at Spelman, and the typical undergraduate “speaks her mind, wears what she wants, [and] is comfortable in her own skin, yet she has empathy and a strong sense of social justice.” Many students “love to do service for the community” and are involved in philanthropic projects around Atlanta. Spelman women are “hardworking and focused on academics.” However, most are “excellent at balancing a full course load and an active social life.”

Campus Life

There’s a “strong sense of tradition and loyalty” on the Spelman campus, and most students are deeply involved in the community. From service groups to sororities, “there are so many organizations and clubs that you’re bound to find one that fits you.” There are tons of “opportunities to obtain leadership positions” outside the classroom, and many students are “very involved in campus life.” A first-year student details, “In my freshman year already, I’ve walked in a fashion show, I was crowned Miss Glee Club, I write for the campus newspaper.” There’s a constant buzz of activity on campus, and “informational forums, career fairs, college fairs, performances, and sporting events are at the forefront of everyone’s campus life.” Socially, “Greek Life is quite important at Spelman College, but isn’t a must.” Even if you don’t join a sorority, “there are a lot of social events on campus,” and two other historically black colleges, Clark Atlanta and Morehouse, “are only inches away.” Spelman undergrads say, “The camaraderie between the schools is great,” and “joint homecoming with Morehouse is the highlight of the entire year.” Off campus, students “go skating, bowling, and to Six Flags Over Georgia, as well as to Atlanta Falcons, Hawks, and Braves [games].” Nearby, Atlantic Station is home to “a major movie theater, shopping, [and] restaurants.”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Doris Wingham
Receptionist

Address
350 Spelman Lane
Atlanta, GA 30314

Phone
404-270-6501


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Sister's Chapel
The Spelman College Museum of Fine Art
Camille Olivia Hanks-Cosby Academic Center
Albro, Falconer, Manley Science Center
The Oval and Alumni Arch

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Non-Violent Change
Historic Auburn Avenue
Georgia Aquarium
World of Coca-Cola
Centennial Olympic Park

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday
9am-5pm
404-270-6501

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 11am or 2pm
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
N/A

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
By invitation to special programs for admitted students

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Hartsfield International Airport in Atlanta is a 20-minute drive from campus. Taxis, airport limousines (to some hotels), and MARTA (public transportation) trains are available for the trip between airport and campus. Amtrak trains and Greyhound buses provide service to Atlanta. MARTA trains and buses provide very good public transportation throughout the metropolitan area. The campus is accessible from #68 Ashby (West End station), #63 Atlanta University Ctr. (Vine City station), or #13 West Fair.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-75 North and South: Take I-20 West and exit at Lee Street. Turn right on to Lee Street and continue through the next traffic light (Westview Drive). You will see a large parking lot on the right-hand side. Turn right into the first driveway and you will approach the gates of Spelman College. From I-20 West: Exit Ashby Street. Cross Ashby Street and continue on Oak Street to the next traffic light. Turn left on to Lee Street and cross the bridge over I-20 and continue through the next two traffic lights. You will see a large parking lot on the right-hand side. Turn right into the first driveway and you will approach the gates of Spelman College. From I-20 East: Exit at Lee Street. Turn right on to Lee Street and continue through the next light (Westview Drive). You will see a large parking lot on the right-hand side. Turn right into the first driveway and you will approach the gates of Spelman College. From Downtown Atlanta: Take Peachtree Streets south to Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and turn right. Continue on M.L. King Jr. Drive to Northside and turn left. Continue on Northside through next three traffic lights (passing Burger King on the right). Turn right at the fourth traffic light (Greensfery Avenue). Continue on Greensfery through the stop sign. Turn left into the gate of Spelman College.

Local Accommodations
The Sheraton Atlanta Hotel is a full service hotel located in the heart of downtown Atlanta. This is a 765 room hotel with 24 hour fitness center and indoor swimming pool. Three on-site restaurants allow for formal or casual dining. This hotel is conveniently located near the major highways and is a 7 minute drive from Spelman's campus. The Regency Suites is located in Midtown and is about a 10 minute drive from campus. There are several other resorts, hotels, and inns in the area. Please contact CONNECTIONS at 800-262-9974 for information and reservations on these and other properties. Please ask them about the "Spelman Educational Rate" offered by many of the hotels.

Admissions

Applicants: 9,451
Acceptance Rate: 39%
Average HS GPA: 3.73







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