Admissions: Getting Into Spelman

What Type of Student are You?

Whether you are a first-time applicant, transfer, international, or nontraditional student, Spelman College welcomes you. It has shaped generations of women with strength, strong beliefs and character. They are leaders who are prepared to shape the future by the time they graduate.

First-Time Student Applicant

Any applicant who has never attended college as a full-time, degree-seeking student is considered a new first-time student. New first-time applicants must show proof of graduation from high school, or the equivalent, prior to enrollment at Spelman College. The application is complete when all credentials including the application form, essay, recommendations, official test scores, and official transcripts are received by the Office of Admissions. New first-time applicants may apply under one of the following plans. Students are allowed (and are encouraged) to apply in Early Notification or Regular Decision categories prior to Nov. 1. Only students who select early decision will be considered under its binding agreement terms.

Early Decision

• This plan is binding and therefore best suited for the applicant who has decided early in the college search process that Spelman College is clearly her first choice.
• All required application materials must be submitted by November 1 (postmark), otherwise the application will be moved to regular decision status.
• The applicant agrees not to be an early decision candidate at any other college.
• If accepted by Spelman College, the applicant will withdraw her application from all other colleges and universities. Applicants seeking financial assistance will not be
required to withdraw other applications, but must submit the enrollment fee deposit within two weeks of receiving a financial aid award letter from Spelman College.
• Applicants not admitted under this plan are automatically considered under the regular decision plan.

Early Notification

• This plan is nonbinding. If admitted, these applicants are not required to withdraw applications at other institutions.
• All required application materials must be submitted by Nov. 15 (postmark), otherwise the application will be moved to regular decision status.
• Applicants not admitted under this plan are automatically considered under the regular decision plan.

Regular Decision

• All required application materials must be submitted by Feb. 1 (postmark). Applications received after the deadline are given consideration on a space-available basis.
• Admission decisions will be mailed by April 1 to all applicants who submitted all required documents by Feb. 1.

Joint Enrollment Applicant

The joint enrollment program allows outstanding high school seniors to enroll at Spelman while completing the senior year of high school in an Atlanta area school. Required application materials are the same as for New first-time applicants. Additionally, students are required to submit a letter of recommendation from the high school principal or guidance counselor. Applicants will also be required to interview with the Office of Admissions and/or the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Studies. Contact the Office of Admissions for additional information.

Transfer Applicant

Anyone who has completed a high school diploma, or its equivalent, and has attended another college for at least one term as a degree-seeking student, will be evaluated as a transfer applicant. Students with fewer than one year of attempted college credits as a full-time student (30 semester hours or the equivalent) must meet new first-time eligibility as well as transfer requirements. Transfer applicants should specify a major other than undecided.
Please note: Limited space is available for transfer students, and some majors may not be available.

Guest Applicant

A degree-seeking student at another college or university may apply to enroll at Spelman College and earn credits toward completion of studies at her home institution. Students must submit approval from either the Office of the Registrar or the academic major department of the home institution. Students must also verify that they are currently in good academic standing at the institution. Guest students are eligible to attend Spelman College for a maximum of one year.

International Student Applicant

Anyone who is not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien is classified as an international student applicant. TOEFL exam scores are required for the student whose primary language is not English. Students who require an F1 (Student) Visa must submit proper financial documentation before a Form I-20 will be issued. The financial statement is available by contacting the international student services coordinator. For questions or concerns, contact the international student services coordinator, via e-mail at

All application materials must be received by Dec. 31 (postmark).

Pauline E. Drake Program (Nontraditional) Applicant

 This program is designed to assist the nontraditional college student, which is defined as an individual who:

  1. is at least 25 years old, and
  2.  graduated (or was scheduled to have graduated) from high school at least five years ago

A complete application form will include the application form, essay, official high school transcript or GED record, official transcripts from ALL postsecondary institutions attended, a resume, and letters of recommendation from any two of the following: college professors or administrators, college or school counselors, supervisors, or employers. The resume length should be no more than two pages and should include the applicant’s name on each page. It should also include high school(s) and college(s) attended, GED results (if applicable), work history, community activities, honors and awards.

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