Office of Admissions Spelman College
A focal point of campus activity for the 2,063 women enrolled is the Manley College Center, which houses the dining hall, a food court, faculty and student lounges, student government offices, and some administrative offices. Health and physical education facilities include a gymnasium, tennis courts, a swimming pool, bowling lanes, dance studios, and a weight room.
Location and Community
The city is one of the most exciting learning laboratories imaginable. Here, women can observe politics at work and can meet some of the world's leaders. As an urban center with crucial social problems, Atlanta challenges students to become involved in community programs. An extensive community services program coordinates the placement of students in community agencies.
Credit-hour requirements vary with the major area. The core curriculum requirement includes a two-semester interdisciplinary survey course, African Diaspora and the World, computer literacy, English composition, foreign language, health and physical education, mathematics, and international or women's studies. A minimum of 4 credits is also required in each of the following areas: fine arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences.
Under the AUC consortium, three undergraduate colleges, one graduate and professional university, and one graduate theological seminary share facilities, resources, and activities. Through cross-registration, Spelman students may elect to take such courses as business administration, mass communication, and social welfare at the other undergraduate institutions.
Spelman's full-time faculty numbers 158 members. More than 84 percent hold doctoral or other terminal degrees. The low student-faculty ratio (11:1) permits individualized instruction and small classes.
Spelman participates in a dual-degree engineering program through which students may combine three years of liberal arts courses at Spelman with two years of engineering studies at Auburn University, Boston University, California Institute of Technology, Clarkston University, Columbia University, Dartmouth College, Georgia Institute of Technology, North Carolina A&T State University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Alabama at Huntsville , University of Florida, University of Michigan, and University of Missouri at Rolla. Students receive a bachelor's degree from each institution upon completing the program.
Facilities and Resources
There is a varied program of student and professional cultural activities on the campus. Many of the extracurricular activities are planned and sponsored by the Student Government Association. Others are presented by departmental honor societies and clubs, excellent dance groups, and both jazz and classical instrumental ensembles. The strong tradition in fine arts at Spelman gives students maximum cultural exposure through the renowned Spelman Glee Club, the Spelman-Morehouse Chorus, and the Spelman-Morehouse Players.
Spelman College is a provisional member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division III . This affiliation permits all Spelman College athletes to receive regional and national recognition for their accomplishments. In addition to becoming a member in the NCAA, the College is planning to implement new sports initiatives to upgrade and further develop the intercollegiate athletic and club sports programs.
The intercollegiate athletics program is a new member of the Great South Conference. Spelman College teams compete with NCAA member institutions in cross country, soccer, volleyball, basketball, tennis and golf. Other athletics activities include: club track & field and cheerleading. There is also an Athletics Advisory Committee.
Financial Aid / Scholarships
The Spelman scholarship program is meant to encourage academic excellence and to recognize outstanding achievement. Scholarships are awarded to entering first-year and continuing students on a competitive basis. Consideration is given to academic and personal achievement as evidenced by academic records, standardized test scores, leadership, special talent, character, community service, and, in some cases, financial need. All incoming students are considered for scholarships at the time of application. Additional forms are not required unless students are applying for the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Program Scholarship and the Bonner Scholar Program.
Admission Requirements / Application
A limited number of spaces are available each term for transfer students. Students admitted as transfers are selected based upon their complete academic records, recommendations, personal information submitted in the application for admission, and whether space is available in requested academic majors. In some instances, applicants who have achieved the equivalent of senior status are not considered.
The College selects qualified women candidates without regard to race, religion, color, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, or physical challenge. The College seeks to admit students whose credentials give evidence of potential for academic success at Spelman and who demonstrate personal characteristics of high motivation, purpose, and integrity. Interviews are not required. Prospective applicants may request individual information sessions and tours through the Office of Admissions and Orientation Services.
Completed first-year applications for admission under the Early Decision plan must be postmarked and mailed by November 1 of the senior year. Notification of the admission decision is made by December 15. Completed first-year applications for admission under the Early Action plan must be postmarked and mailed by November 15 of the senior year. Notification of the admission decision is made by December 31. Completed regular first-year applications must be postmarked and mailed by February 1 of the senior year. Notification of the admission decision is April 1.
Transfer applications for the fall term must be postmarked and mailed by March 1. Notification of the admission decision for transfer applicants is May 1. Completed transfer applications for the spring term must be postmarked and mailed by November 1. Notification of the admission decision is made by December 1.