About Us: About Spelman

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, our four-year liberal education curriculum known as:

My - Integrated - Learning - Experience

PRIDE POINTS

BestColleges.com ranked Spelman among the top 20 “Best Women's Colleges” in 2016.

Spelman College has been recognized among the top 100 national liberal arts colleges, and for the tenth straight year, is the No. 1 historically Black college and university in the country, according to the 2017 U.S. News & World Report "Best Colleges" rankings.

Spelman’s current graduation rate of 76 percent (six year average) is the highest among all HBCUs and is well above the national graduation rate (44 percent) for African American students.

With an acceptance rate of 41 percent, Spelman is among the most selective women’s college in the nation. Spelman educates the highest number (at 43) of Gates Millennium Scholars than any other college or university in the country, and the College is annually recognized as one of the leading producers of Fulbright Fellowship winners. Twelve Spelman students have been named Truman Scholars and five Marshall Scholars.

Out of more than 300 applicants across the U.S., Spelman is one of just two colleges in Georgia – and among only three historically black colleges nationwide – named a 2015 First in the World (FITW) grant recipient by the U.S. Department of Education. Spelman will receive $2.7 million to incorporate new teaching and learning strategies into its curriculum focused on metacognitive learning, a system defined as “thinking about thinking.”

Among the faculty are nationally and internationally recognized and awarded scholars, heads and officers of disciplinary associations, and several patent holders. Eighty-eight percent of faculty members have doctoral degrees or the equivalent in their fields.

One-third of our students enter graduate or professional school immediately after college graduation, resulting in Spelman being one of the nation's leading producers of Black female medical students and doctoral candidates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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.

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ANNUAL BUDGET

$107.8 Million

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

Endowment approximately $362 Million (as of June 30, 2015)

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

10:1

TECHNOLOGY

1:4 ratio of computers available for student use

COST

$38,701 (Tuition & Fees, $26,338; Room & Board, $12,363)

ENROLLMENT

2,097 – 43 states represented, Top 5 – GA, NY, MD, CA, FL / 13 foreign countries represented

FINANCIAL AID RECIPIENTS 

89 percent receive some form of financial aid

$37,870 average financial aid need before award

Percentage of average need met: 42 percent

48 percent of students are PELL eligible

$13,174 average family contribution


GRADUATION RATE

74 percent (six year average)

AFTER GRADUATION

32 percent reported accepting full-time enrollment to a graduate/professional school

30 percent reported accepting a full-time offer with an employer
(As reported by graduating seniors, December 2014)

ALUMNAE

18,591: Residing in 47 states and 56 countries around the world

2014 - 2015 Alumnae Participation Rate: 38 percent

CAMPUS

39.1 Acres, 26 Buildings

MASCOT

Jaguars

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

COLLEGE MOTTO

“Our Whole School for Christ”

TAG LINE

“A Choice to change the world”

COLORS

Columbia Blue & White    

 

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