Spelman College

Spelman College produces extraordinary outcomes for students. Our current graduation rate of 77 percent (6-year average) is the highest among all HBCUs and is significantly higher than the national graduation rate (44 percent) for African American students. We are a highly-selective, historically Black college that inspires women to change the world. We provide an educational experience unlike any other, embracing a long-standing and life-changing commitment to academic rigor, career development, leadership opportunities, community involvement, and positive social action. The social mobility of our graduates (increase in personal income over parents' income) is the highest of all institutions within the state of Georgia and among the highest of all private selective colleges in the US. Spelman has been recognized by the National Science Foundation as the leading producer of Black women who go on to earn doctorates in the sciences. Our signature academic programs include the groundbreaking African Diaspora and the World program, the Gordon-Zeto Center for Global Education, a new ARTS@Spelman curriculum that includes curatorial studies, documentary filmmaking, dance, theater, a state of the art Innovation lab, the Spelman College Glee Club, the SpelBots Robotics Team, and the Women's Research and Resource Center--the first such center and the first to offer a women's studies major at an HBCU. Our faculty exemplify the high intellect, creativity, independent thinking, and courage of convictions that the College works to cultivate in our students. Spelman faculty members are nationally and internationally recognized and awarded scholars, heads and officers of disciplinary associations, and many hold patents for unique discoveries. Ninety-one percent of faculty members have doctoral degrees or the equivalent in their fields. Each student is encouraged to study abroad during her college years, complete internships or undergraduate research projects in the major, and become a master of current and evolving technology. Specialized courses and experiences help to define the Spelman education as one that reflects a strong foundation in the liberal arts, strength and depth within the discipline, and interdisciplinary perspectives on the "Big Questions" confronting our world. The programs of the college are created with the expectation that employers and society at large will benefit from thoughtful leaders who are grounded in intellectual depth and adaptive thinking, intercultural experiences and competencies; excellent writing and communication skills, and strong quantitative, critical thinking, and technical skills. Spelman College also boasts a world-class museum and a state-of-the-art wellness center designed to promote health and wellbeing. A hallmark of the Spelman experience is the Spelman Sisterhood, a unique feature of the College that forges lifelong bonds among our graduates. In addition, the College enjoys an unusual level of commitment from our alumnae, who enhance the student experience with mentoring and leadership development opportunities. Spelman College is the destination of choice for talented and ambitious young women who seek a rigorous undergraduate education in a supportive and affirming environment.

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school_type year_founded religious_affiliation academic_calendar year_2016_endowment address telephone
Private, Women's college 1881 N/A Semester $347.0 million 350 Spelman Lane SW, Atlanta, GA 30314 (404) 681-3643
overall score total score state city online paying global
66 100.0 Georgia Atlanta 399