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Admissions Frequently Asked Questions

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission?
Students seeking admission to Spelman must apply by the appropriate deadlines. A student applying must have completed 15 or more units in grades 9-12, at least 12 of which must be in academic subjects. Spelman is particularly interested in students who have taken the strongest academic programs in their high school.

The student's course curriculum should include institutions in the AUC.

Advanced Placement

Does Spelman accept Advanced Placement credit?
Students who take the AP exam and score a 3 or better may receive advanced placement credit in the following subject areas: art, biology, computer science, economics, French, German, government and politics, Latin, mathematics (calculus AB exam), physics, and Spanish. 

To receive credit in chemistry, history or music, a student needs a score of at least 4. The registrar of the college will determine how much credit you are eligible to receive based on your score.

Application for Admission

How do I apply?
Beginning August 1, 2013, Spelman College will be accepting admission applications exclusively through the Common Application.

What is the Common Application?
The Common Application is a standardized undergraduate college application form that is accepted at more than 500 accredited, independent colleges and universities nationwide. You may access the application by going to

The Common Application looks similar to most college applications, with all the usual fields for name, address, school and test data, as well as questions about your work experience and volunteer activities. For the personal essay, you may choose one of four questions, or propose a question of your own

If you have any questions, please contact our office at 404-270-5193.

May I apply if I already have a bachelor's degree?
If a student has already attended and graduated with an undergraduate degree from a college or university, she may not apply for admission to Spelman College.


Does Spelman have a marching band?
Spelman does not have a marching band; however, students interested in playing in a marching band may audition with the band at Morehouse College. Information about auditioning for the marching band is posted at the beginning of the academic school year.

Career Services

Does Spelman offer career advising, internship and employment information?
The Career Planning and Development Office specializes in career advising and job search and placement for Spelman students. The career development program promotes student contact with representatives from various career fields; helps students to locate part-time, full-time, and summer jobs; and places students in internships, externships, permanent jobs, and appropriate graduate programs and opportunities.

Cars on Campus

Can freshman students have cars?
On-campus, first-year students are not permitted to have cars
anywhere on campus or in the parking deck. If a student lives off
campus, she may use a car and park it during the day.

Class size

What is the average class size?
The average class size is approximately 30 students, but many upper-level courses within a student's major are much smaller. The student-professor ratio is 11:1

College code

What is Spelman's college code?
Some important codes you may need to know as you complete the application and enrollment process

ACT 0794
SAT 5628
FAFSA (for financial aid) code is: 0 0 1 5 9 4

Community service

Does Spelman have a community service program?
Spelman College has established the Office of Community Service to provide information about community service opportunities for Spelman students and integrate service into the Spelman education. For more information, please visit the Office of Community Service web site.

Core curriculum

What are the core requirements?
The core curriculum is a schedule of classes that all Spelman College students must complete in order to graduate. It is designed to prepare students for the challenges of living in a multicultural and highly technological society by emphasizing critical, analytical, and problem-solving skills. The curriculum spans the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, fine arts, and cultural and gender studies. For more information about specific requirements, please refer to the Spelman College catalog.

Credit requirements

How many credits are needed to graduate?
A minimum of 120 credits is necessary in order for a student to receive a bachelor's degree.


Can I take classes at the other colleges/universities in the Atlanta University Center?
Spelman students may cross-register at all of the undergraduate institutions in the AUC.

How do I cross-register?
In order to cross-register, you must first obtain permission from the department chair, then complete a registration form before the end of the drop/add deadline at the host institution.


Is there a curfew for students?
Spelman does not have a curfew; however, there is a curfew for first-year students during New Student Orientation Week.


What are the application deadlines?
The admission deadlines for all first-year students are as follows:

  • Early Decision, November 1; Early notification, November 15; Regular Decision, February 1; Joint Enrollment,
    January 15

  • The fall semester deadline for transfer application submissions is March 1, and the deadline for spring semester is November 1.

Degrees offered

What types of degrees are offered?
Spelman College awards Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees.

Domestic exchange

Does Spelman offer a domestic exchange program?
Spelman College offers formal student exchange programs with many colleges across the country. For a complete listing of exchange programs, see the special academics offerings section of our online catalog.

Dual Degree Engineering Program

What is a dual degree program?
The Dual Degree Engineering Program (DDEP) allows students to obtain both a liberal arts degree and an engineering degree by completing three years of undergraduate work at Spelman College and enrolling at an engineering institution for the last two years of study.

Is the DDEP program only for engineering majors?
While you may choose to complete only an engineering major at a host institution, the DDEP also allows you to major in one of the following subject areas at Spelman: chemistry, computer and information science, mathematics, or physics. Students typically complete three academic years at Spelman and spend two academic years at an engineering institution.

Participating schools:

  • Auburn University
  • Clarkson University
  • Columbia University
  • Dartmouth University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • North Carolina A&T State University
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • University of Alabama at Huntsville
  • University of Florida

Early Decision Admission

Should I apply early decision?
The Early Decision plan is binding 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 agree not to be an Early Decision candidate at any other college, and if accepted by Spelman College, will withdraw her application from all other colleges or universities.

How do I apply early decision?
Students interested in applying early decision must follow all of the application guidelines for first-year students. This includes taking the SAT 1 or the ACT and having the scores forwarded to Spelman College by or before the November 1 early decision deadline.

Students who apply early decision are notified of the admission decision on or before December 15. Admission to the early decision program is binding, and students are required to submit the confirmation deposit by the January 15 deadline.

Early Notification Admission

What is early notification?
Early notification is designed for entering first -year students who have a strong desire to attend Spelman and have done very well academically and on standardized tests. Early notification is non- binding. Admission to the early notification program is more competitive than regular admission.

How do I apply early notification?
Any student interested in applying to Spelman College under the early notification plan must follow all of the application guidelines for first-year students. Applicants must have taken the SAT 1 or the ACT and have the scores forwarded to Spelman College by or before the November 15 early notification deadline.

Students who apply early notification are notified of the admission decision on or before December 31. Admission to the early notification program is non-binding, and students are not required to submit the confirmation deposit until the May 1 deadline.

Students who apply early notification but are not admitted at that time are automatically reconsidered with the regular decision applications. We recommend, however, that rollover students submit additional supporting documents (new SAT/ACT scores, recommendations, updated transcripts, etc.)

How is early decision different from early notification?
Early Decision is a binding admission whereas students agree to accept admission to Spelman College if they are admitted and offered an adequate financial aid package. Early Notification is a non-binding admission. Students who are accepted are not required to enroll at Spelman.

How is early notification different from regular decision
Those who apply and are admitted under early notification are notified early in their senior year (by December 31) of the admission decision. Those who apply regular decision are notified of the admission decision by April 1.


How many students are enrolled at Spelman?
Over 2,000 students are enrolled at Spelman College.

Financial aid

Does Spelman offer financial aid?
Approximately 85% of Spelman College students receive financial aid in the form of grants, loans, and scholarships, usually as a combination of the three. The average financial aid package that a first-year Spelman student receives adds up to 22,000.

How do I receive financial aid?
To receive financial aid from Spelman College, you must first  complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by April 1 of the year in which you plan to enroll at Spelman. Priority is given to those who apply by March 15.


What is the grading like at Spelman?
Spelman students receive a letter grade for each class in which they are enrolled, ranging from A to F. Students must earn a grade of C or better to pass a major or cognate course. If an upperclass student elects to take a class pass/fail, she must earn a C- or better to pass the course.

Graduate school

Does Spelman offer graduate programs/degrees?
No. Spelman College is a four-year, undergraduate institution offering the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees.

Health services

What medical services are provided for students?
The Health Services department is open to all Spelman students from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. A physician and nurse practitioner are available to see patients during office hours, and nurses can be paged after hours. Should you require emergency medical attention, there are several hospitals in the area that have established relationships with Spelman College. All full-time students are required to participate in a health insurance program, which assists with the cost if a student requires medical attention that the Health Services department is unable to provide.

Honors program

What is the honors program?
The honors program is designed for any student who has excelled academically in high school or during her first year at Spelman. It consists of seven courses and seminars, five of which are required courses and two of which are electives. As a senior, honors students complete the honors senior thesis, which allows them to pursue independent research in an area of interest.

Can I only be accepted into the program as a freshman?
After the completion of the first year, any student who has completed a minimum of 32 credit hours and achieved a GPA of 3.5 or higher is also eligible for admission to the program.

How can I be considered to be part of the honors program?
Any student that has achieved a high school GPA of at least 3.5 and a combined SAT I score of 1160 will be considered for the honors program. All other students may submit an application for consideration to the program.

International baccalaureate (IB) credit

What score do I have to get on the IB exam to receive credit?
In order to receive college credit, you must receive a score of 5, 6, or 7 on the IB exam.

International students

What support resources are offered to international students?
All services available through the College Life and Services Program are available to international students. There is also an International Student Advisor, who provides information regarding nonimmigrant student studying in the United States and helps acquaint new international students with Atlanta and with Spelman. The International Students Organization plans various programs for international students, and there are several citywide activities designed to bring international students together and provide them with a well-rounded academic and social experience.

Is there a different procedure for international students to apply?
In addition to the general requirements for admission, international students are asked to present a school-leaving certificate. If English is not her native language, the student should take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Are there special scholarships for international students?
The DeWitt Wallace Scholarship for International Students is available for new or continuing students who have been educated outside of the country, have an F1 visa, and meet the following requirements: a cumulative GPA or 2.8 or higher; evidence of financial need; a record of service to the College, her school, or community; and no record of disciplinary action.


Are interviews required?
Interviews are not required during the application process. If you are interested in setting up an interview with an admissions counselor, or a local alumna, you may do so by contacting the Office of Admission.


What majors are offered at Spelman?
Spelman College offers the following major programs: Art, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Child Development, Comparative Women's Studies, Computer and Information Sciences, Drama, Dual Degree Engineering, Economics, English, Natural Science with an Environmental Science concentration, French, History, Human Services, Independent Major, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Spanish, and Sociology/Anthropology


What minor programs does Spelman offer?
Spelman offers minor programs in Anthropology, Art, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Child Development, Comparative Women's Studies, Computer and Information Science, Dance, Drama, Economics, English, French, History, International Studies, Japan Studies, Management and Organization, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Sociology, Spanish, and Teacher Certification (Early Childhood Education, Secondary Education, Grades 7-12, Preschool through 12th Grade Education).

Need-based aid

What is need-based aid?
Need-based aid is financial aid that is granted to a student based on her calculated financial need, which is the difference between the student's cost of attending the college and the family's ability to pay.

Does Spelman offer need-based aid?
Spelman does offer need-based financial aid, based on the information provided on the FAFSA.

Pre-dentistry/Pre-law/Pre-med programs

Does Spelman offer pre-dentistry/pre-law/pre-med programs?
Spelman College offers pre-law sequences within the English, History, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology departments, as well as courses that fulfill the entrance requirements to medical and dental schools. Spelman was recently ranked No. 2 in preparing students to enter medical school.

Residential life

Is it mandatory that students live on campus?
It is mandatory for all freshmen to reside on campus.


Is there an ROTC program at Spelman?
Spelman does not have an ROTC program on campus; however, students who are interested in participating in ROTC courses may enroll at Clark Atlanta University. Credits from the courses are counted as electives.


Does Spelman have campus security officers?
The Department of Public Safety is comprised of competent, committed, and concerned professionals trained to deliver public safety services to the school. Over 90 percent of the officers are trained and certified police officers in the state of Georgia, and all are well versed in the needs of an urban women's institution.


Are there any scholarships available to students?
Spelman College offers a variety of scholarships to new, continuing, and international students, which range in value from $50 to awards covering full tuition, fees, room, and board. For more detailed financial aid information, visit our online catalog.

Study abroad

Are there opportunities for Spelman students to study abroad?
Spelman provides students the opportunity to study at a variety of institutions around the world, in such locations as Ghana, England, Scotland, and the Czech Republic.

Summer programs/summer school

Does Spelman offer any summer programs?
Spelman offers the Prefreshman Summer Science Program to admitted students interested in a career in the health professions prior to their first year at Spelman. The six-week long program is designed to strengthen study and performance in mathematics, library research, problem solving, biology, computer science, chemistry, and quantitative analysis.

The Summer Science and Engineering Program is designed for first year students with an interest in majoring in engineering, mathematics, computer science, physics, or chemistry, and who intend to pursue a career in a scientific or technical field.

Does Spelman have summer school?
Spelman does not offer summer classes.

Supplemental information

Can I send in additional material to support my application (videos, audiotapes, etc.)?
You may send in these items in support of your application. All items become the property of Spelman College and are not returned.


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