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Getting Into Spelman

As you explore this area, you'll find everything you need to know about applying to Spelman -- an incredible place to learn, grow and develop. 

When completing the online application, remember:

  1. Do not use all upper case or lower case letters to complete the information request or application
  2. When entering your telephone number, please enter your area code in the first section and the last seven numbers in the second section of the telephone field

Admission for first-year students
If you are a first-year student applying for admission to Spelman College, you must make sure the following items are submitted:

  1. Your completed application, either printed or submitted online
  2. A $35 nonrefundable paper application fee or a $25 nonrefundable online application fee
  3. High school transcripts must be in a sealed envelope, forwarded from your high school guidance office
  4. Your personal essay
  5. SAT I or ACT scores, forwarded from the Educational Testing Service or the ACT Reporting Service
  6. Two letters of recommendation. If you apply online, remember to print and complete the counselor and teacher recommendation forms

Send paper application and supporting documents to the Office of Admissions and postmarked by the appropriate deadlines.

Send application materials to:
Spelman College
350 Spelman Lane S.W., Box 277
Atlanta, GA 30314-4399
Phone: 404-270-5193
Fax: 404-270-5201

Early Decision
This plan is a binding plan and is best suited for the student who has decided early in the college search process that Spelman College is clearly her first choice. Applicants are admitted to Spelman College by December 15 of their senior year and agree not to be an Early Decision candidate at any other college. If accepted by Spelman College, she will withdraw her application from all other colleges or universities.

Early Notification
This nonbinding plan allows academically outstanding high school students to apply and be admitted to Spelman College by Dec. 31 of their senior year. Students who are admitted are not required to enroll at Spelman

Regular Decision
All required application materials must be submitted by Feb. 1 (postmarked).  Applications received after the deadline are given consideration on a space-available option.

International Applicants
In addition to the general admission requirements, international
students applying for admission to Spelman College should present a school-leaving certificate, and those whose native language is not English should take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and submit the scores to Admissions.

International applicants must also demonstrate the ability to fulfill the financial obligations associated with matriculation in their college program. Financial assistance at Spelman for foreign applicants is limited.

Transfer Admission Eligibility
Transfer admission to Spelman is selective and students applying must have earned fewer than 60 semester hours or the equivalent at their previous institutions. Applicants must be in good standing and eligible to return to their previous institutions. With your application for admission, please include the $25 online application fee or the $35 paper application fee, an official copy of your high school transcript and an official transcript from each post-secondary school attended, two recommendations from instructors, and your SAT or ACT scores, if transferring with less than 30 credits.

Guest Applicants
A student in good standing with sophomore or higher status at another accredited college who wishes to earn Spelman credits towards a degree at the home institution may apply as a transfer student to Spelman College. Permission for enrollment and a schedule of proposed courses should be obtained by the home institution in order for the student to apply at Spelman College. Students may apply for a period of one semester or one year. The Academic Dean of Spelman College must approve any period of study longer than one year.

Joint Enrollment 
Outstanding high school seniors may enroll in first-year courses at Spelman while also enrolled in high school. Students may apply for the program during her eleventh grade. They must also submit SAT I or ACT scores, current official high school transcripts, two references from teachers, and a recommendation from their high school guidance counselor.

Home-schooled applicants
Home-schooled students are required to take the SAT II subject tests in addition to the SAT I or ACT. If the student has spent any time in high school or college a transcript is required, regardless of how much time the applicant spent in school.

You can apply either through the traditional paper application or via the Internet using the Spelman Application, or Common Application.

Re-open applications
Students who wish to re-open their application file must request a re-open application and forward any transcripts from any other colleges or universities attended since applying for admission to Spelman College to the Office of Admissions. Files are held for one year from the date that the student originally applied for admission to Spelman College.

Readmission to Spelman
Any student who has been dismissed from the College for failure to maintain the required 2.0 minimum GPA must apply for readmission. To be eligible for readmission, you must have completed a leave of absence of at least two consecutive semesters, completed at least four liberal arts courses at an accredited institution with a grade of "C" or better in each course, and fulfilled any other requirements that the Academic Review Committee establishes. If a student has been dismissed from Spelman more than once for failing to meet the academic requirements, she may not apply for readmission.

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