About Us: About Spelman

Spelman College Graduates with President Beverly Daniel Tatum

At a Glance

MISSION STATEMENT

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.  Spelman empowers the whole person to engage the many cultures of the world and inspires a commitment to positive social change.


STRATEGIC PLAN FOR 2017: STRENGTHENING THE CORE

Our agenda is to strengthen the academic core of the institution.  Each constituency will participate by taking specific actions that we call GOALS.  The College will create a cohesive framework for five essential experiences benefiting every student:

Global engagement, including at least one meaningful international travel experience;

Opportunities for undergraduate research and career-related internships;

Alumnae connections to strengthen our sisterly bonds and create mentoring relationships;

Leadership development focused on individual potential and best practices;

Service learning that combines hands-on community engagement with coursework

Our GOALS anchor the Spelman MILE (My Integrated Learning Experience), which integrates and connects curricular and co-curricular experiences and competencies for continued intellectual growth, leadership, success, and service.


THE CAMPAIGN FOR SPELMAN COLLEGE

Fueled by the validity of our history and mission, and propelled by the broad impact of Spelman graduates,
The Campaign for Spelman College provided much needed resources to support our GOALS.  The campaign goal was $150 million, and it ended on June 30, 2014 with $157.8 million received.


PRIDE POINTS

In 2014, U.S. News and World Report again ranked Spelman College as the No.1 HBCU and among the top 100 National Liberal Arts Colleges.

Spelman College is among the most selective women’s college in the nation and boasts the highest number of Black female Gates Millennium Scholars per capita than any college or university in the country.  There were 50 enrolled in 2013-14.

Spelman’s current graduation rate of 78 percent (six year average) is the highest among all HBCUs and is well above the national graduation rate (46%) for African-American women.



One-third of our students enter graduate or professional school immediately after college graduation, fueling the nation’s private and public sectors with talented young women of color.

With 27 majors, Spelman offers strong academic programs in the arts, humanities, social sciences, mathematics and the sciences. 

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.


2013-14 ANNUAL BUDGET

$103.4 Million

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

Endowment approximately $357 Million (as of December 31, 2013)

Endowment Performance in top quartile (Cambridge Associates)

AA (Moody’s)

DEGREES

Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BS)

POPULAR MAJORS

Biological and Biomedical Sciences, English, Physical Science, Psychology and Social Sciences

STUDENT/FACULTY RATIO

11:1

TECHNOLOGY

1:4 ratio of computers available for student use

COST

$36,181 (Tuition & Fees, $24,634; Room & Board, $11,547 in 2013-2014)


2013-14 ENROLLMENT

2021 - 45 states represented, Top 5 – GA, CA, MD, NY, TX / 11 foreign countries represented


FINANCIAL AID RECIPIENTS

85% receive some form of financial aid                          

$29,896 average financial aid need before award     

 

Percentage of average need met: 25%

49% of students are PELL eligible

$12,206 average family contribution


GRADUATION RATE

78% (six year average)

ALUMNAE

17,332: Residing in 47 states and 27 countries around the world
2013-2014 Alumnae Participation Rate: 41%

FOUNDED

April 11, 1881 by Sophia Packard and Harriet Giles, Baptist missionaries from Massachusetts.

In gratitude to the philanthropic investment of John D. Rockefeller in 1884, the founders changed the name of their school from Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary to Spelman Seminary in honor of his wife’s parents, Lucy and Harvey Spelman.  The Seminary became Spelman College in 1924.    


TYPE

Private, Independent, Liberal Arts College for Women

CAMPUS

39.1 Acres, 26 Buildings                           

COLORS

Columbia Blue & White    

COLLEGE MOTTO

“Our Whole School for Christ”

TAG LINE

“A Choice to change the world”