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, our four-year liberal education curriculum known as:
                                        My - Integrated - Learning - Experience



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 Collegeprovided 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

U.S. News and World Report ranked Spelman College as the No.1 HBCU for the eighth year in a row.

With an acceptance rate of 41 percent, Spelman College is among the most selective women's college in the nation.

At 57, Spelman boasts the highest number of Black female Gates Millennium Scholars per capita than any college or university in the country.  (2013-2014 academic year)




Spelman’s graduation rate of approximately 76 percent (six year average) is the highest among HBCUs and higher than many other institutions of higher learning.

One-third of our students enter graduate or professional school, 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. 



ANNUAL BUDGET

$104.6 Million

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

Endowment approximately $367 Million (as of June 30, 2014)

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

$37,441 (Tuition & Fees, $25,496; Room & Board, $11,945)


ENROLLMENT

2,129 - 41 states represented, Top 5 – GA, NY, MD, CA,TX / 11 foreign countries represented


FINANCIAL AID RECIPIENTS

82 percent receive some form of financial aid                          

$29,896 average financial aid need before award     


Percentage of average need met: 25 percent

52 percent of students are PELL eligible

$12,206 average family contribution



GRADUATION RATE

76 percent (six year average)

AFTER GRADUATION

30 percent reported accepting full-time enrollment to a graduate/professional school
45 percent reported accepting a full-time offer with an employer
(Ad reported by graduating seniors, December 2013)

ALUMNAE

17,887: Residing in 47 states and 27 countries around the world
2013-2014 Alumnae Participation Rate: 41 percent


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”



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