Spelman College–Atlanta, GA
Birthplace of Black Girl Magic
What it Feels Like to Go Here
Imagine attending a school that feels like a fashion show every time you step outside or a family reunion whenever Wednesday lunch rolls around. Well, Spelman is the only college that makes you feel like you’ve known your classmates your entire life. When you walk on Spelman’s campus the pure beauty takes your breath away. No matter the season, your walk to class is like walking through a perfectly painted landscape full of beautiful trees, green grass and historic buildings where history was made. The classes, professors and events all add something to your identity. No student leaves Spelman the same way they arrived. When a young girl decides she wants to go to Spelman, she doesn’t just make a choice to receive a better education–she makes a choice to change the world.
Spelman produces the best of the best. A Spelman graduate can go any and everywhere she sets her eyes on. Some famous alumnae include The Cosby Show’s star Keshia Knight Pulliam, who played Rudy Huxtable, and Luke Cage actress LaTanya Jackson. Our alum aren’t just taking over the small screens. Other fantastic alumni include Children Defense Fund founder Marian Wright, Writer Pearl Cleage, Access Hollywood Journalist Shaun Robinson and Sam’s Club CEO Rosalind Brewer. Spelman grads go on to change the world in whatever field they land in. A Spelman education is a passport to greatness.
Where We Hang
Spelman is located in one of the greatest cities in the country: Atlanta, Georgia. There’s always something to do around town because there are about five colleges within thirty minutes of each other. Parties are a given, and no one throws a party better than the Atlanta University Center, better known as the AUC. Spelmanites bring out their flyest gear and make their faces glow like never before whenever they go out. Young Thug and the Swag Surf are common fixtures of a party attended by a Spelmanite. Although partying is popular, students also get to experience exhibits that satisfy their cultural appetite. The High Museum of Art is one of the most popular places to visit among Spelmanites. You’ll also catch Spelman students enjoying concerts at the Georgia Dome and Philips arena. You may even see a Spelmanite cheering on the Falcons or Hawks as they dominate.
1. How much are students partying?
“There aren’t a lot parties on Spelman campus, but in the AUC there are. So, Spelman students are probably partying once a weekend,” sophomore sociology major Teja Jackson said.
2. What will you get in trouble for at your school?
“The things you can get in trouble for the most, I feel like, are sneaking people into the dorms after visitation hours, drinking or smoking on campus and having things confiscated from your room. Also, walking on the grass,” freshman political science major Devin Wright said.
3. How much sex are students having?
“Quite often because the students at Spelman are of the age where they are exploring their sexuality,” junior psychology major Ahvia Moody said.
4. What would you tell incoming freshman about your school?
“Enjoy the experience and take advantage of all opportunities they present to you. However, don’t get distracted by the parties and focus on your grades,” junior biology major Dania Brewster said.
5. What’s the biggest lessons Spelman taught you?
“Spelman taught me the value of rooting your future in the histories of your people. Spelman revolutionized my journey to be centered on the activism that Black America is in desperate need of,” senior comparative women’s studies major Mallori Thompson said.
5 Student Reviews
“One piece of advice that I share with my residents (I am a Senior RA in Howard Harreld and been an RA for a total of three years), is to have on blinders and run their own race. Stay focused and don’t compare yourself to anyone.” –Aaliyah Deggs, sociology and anthropology major, Class of 2017
“Spelman has challenged me to be the best person that I can be and it continues to every day. The professors are always there to help with school and life no matter what the problems may be. The environment is family oriented for sure.”–Taylor Smith, political scienece major, Class of 2018
“I have really enjoyed my experience at Spelman so far. I have really had a lot of experiences become avalible to me just because I go to Spelman. I have become a totally different individual just by coming to Spelman. It’s the best choice I could’ve made for college.”–Keambrea Atkinson, biology major, Class of 2019
“My Spelman experience has taught me the value of goal setting and determination. Spelman has continued to teach me how important it is to focus on my goals, and use the resources and support of my Spelman sisters around me in order to achieve them.”–Natalie Hodges, economics major, Class of 2019
“My Spelman experience has been pretty great so far. I have definitely experienced the sisterhood, which is a huge benefit and also a lot of opportunities have come just from being around campus and talking to different people.”–Anjali Coryat, political science major, Class of 2020
Top 3 Majors
1. Biological and Biomedical Sciences
3. Psychology and Social Sciences
Top 3 Most Popular Student Organizations
1. The Student Government Association at Spelman is one of the most popular organizations on campus, and it isn’t just because they throw the best events. Spelman SGA is the liaison between administration and the student body. “Serving as first-year liaison has been an eye opening and memorable experience that has made me even more appreciative of Spelman,” sophomore health sciences major Cynthia Ziwawo said. “The opportunity to address the concerns of my sisters makes me eager for what is next to come in the upcoming semester.” Concerns from students come to SGA and they take the necessary steps with the administration to solve these problems.
2. SKIRTS, which stands for Sisters Keeping It Real Through Service, is a community service organization that dedicates itself to serving the Atlanta community. “Immediately after joining this sisterhood, I knew it was where I was supposed to be. It was my way of getting to know people at Spelman and having the opportunity to do fun community service. The love and support I get from my SKIRTS sisters is out of this world,” sophomore healthy science major Aliecia Bouligny said. “We keep it real and serve our community together,” Bouligny said. The sisters of SKIRTS display their foundations of service and sisterhood in everything that they do, which include service projects that range from planting trees to hosting food drives
3. The National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) is an organization that’s dedicated to advocating for women of African descent. They hold each other accountable to help each other succeed. “My most memorable experience with NCNW was building a home for a single Black mom in cooperation with Habitat for Humanity. This experience among others continue to remind me that the work that NCNW is bigger than any one member,” sophomore Spanish and Sociology major Nzali Scales said. “I am forever grateful and humbled to be both a member and on the E-board of this organization as it has taught me some the most valuable lessons I have learned here at Spelman.” Members of NCNW don’t just call themselves a family, they show it through their work both locally and nationally.
Applying to Spelman means selling yourself to the admissions committee. Spelman wants a student who has shown a clear commitment to her community, education and promoting change. “When applying to Spelman, or college in general, it is important to remember that this is the place where you will be spending the next four years of your life,” junior Aliya Grooms said. “Don’t come to make anyone else happy besides yourself,” Grooms said. Spelman builds students to be hard to beat, so they only accept students who they know will put up a fight.
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Tuition & Fees: $27,314
Total Cost on Campus: $ 38,701
Undergrads Enrolled: 2,097
Grads Enrolled: 0
Total Enrolled: 2,097
Acceptance percentage: 48%
Percent Admitted who Enroll: 23%
Percentage of Male Students: 0
Percentage of Female Students: 100%
Percentage Receiving Financial Aid: 89%
Percentage Receiving Federal Grants: 55%
Percentage Receiving Federal Loans: 73%