Spelman College is a leading liberal arts college for women located in Atlanta, Georgia.

Spelman College is a Historically Black College whose mission is to serve high-achieving Black women. Founded in 1881 as the Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary, we became Spelman College in 1924. Spelman College, a historically Black college and a global leader in the education of women of African descent, is dedicated to academic excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and the intellectual, creative, ethical, and leadership development of its students.

Today our student body comprises more than 2,100 students from 43 states and 10 foreign countries. Spelman empowers women to engage the many cultures of the world and inspires a commitment to positive social change through service. Offering a wide array of majors, and many more avenues of study through our partner institutions in the Atlanta University Center, the 20 Atlanta Regional Council for Higher Education, and national and international partnerships, Spelman is poised to help you pursue your dreams of a higher education and a stellar future. We offer strong academic programs in the arts, humanities, social sciences, mathematics and the sciences.

Spelman is proud of its 76 percent graduation rate (average over six years), one of the best in the nation, but our support doesn’t stop once you step on stage to take your diploma. Our global alumnae network is strong, providing connections and helping hands to graduates as they begin on their path of global engagement.

Basic details

  • Region: Southeast
  • Location: Atlanta, Georgia
  • Campus setting: Suburban
  • Type of institution: Private; Liberal Arts College; Women's College

Admissions information and areas of study offered

  • Percentage of students admitted: 39%
  • Average ACT: 22-29
  • Average SAT: 1190-1290 
  • Test optional? Yes
  • Common Application accepted? Yes
  • Areas of study offered include: Art History, Arts, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Computer Science, Creative Writing, Dance, Drama/Theatre Arts, Economics, Education, Ethnic/Cultural Studies, Engineering, English, Environmental Sciences, Film/Cinema Studies, Gender Studies, History, Information Sciences/Systems, Liberal Arts, Mathematics, Music, Nursing, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Policy, Sociology, Theology/Religion
  • Full list of majors available: https://www.spelman.edu/academics/majors-minors-and-programs


  • International students are eligible for: Merit-based scholarship
  • Estimated yearly cost (including tuition, board, room and student fees): $44,310

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