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An Updated Announcement for Fall 2020

July 20, 2020

Dear First-Year Students,

For the past two and a half weeks, I have taken great joy in hearing from you and your parents. Your excitement about beginning your Spelman College journey here on campus has buoyed all of us. We were eagerly preparing to stand outside of the Spelman gates, as we do every year, to welcome you personally to this special place.

It pains me deeply now to deliver the news that in the past two weeks, the health crisis has worsened considerably in the state of Georgia, the city of Atlanta, and in Fulton County, in which Spelman and the Atlanta University Center are located. Because of the worsening health crisis, we have reluctantly come to the realization that we can no longer safely sustain a residential campus and in-person instruction. With a sense of great disappointment, I now share with you our decision that all instruction for the fall of 2020 at Spelman will be virtual.


Olive Branch StudentsStudent Affairs Emergency Fund

Spelman is making arrangements to provide emergency assistance and support to ensure your well-being during this time of transition to remote learning. If you need assistance, please complete the Emergency Fund Application and read the Emergency Fund Guidelines.

Emergency Fund Application

Emergency Fund Guidelines (PDF)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - Fall 2020 Update

Due to the worsening health crisis, Spelman reluctantly realizes that the fall 2020 semester will look different for our first-year students than we imagined. We know that you will have questions and the College has assembled this list of frequently asked questions related to the Fall 2020 Semester. This list will undergo constant modification as we receive additional information.


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  • How have tuition and fees been adjusted for virtual study?
  • Will refunds be issued for any portion of fees already paid?
  • Will refunds be issued for students who have signed leases for off-campus housing?
  • How will financial aid be impacted?
  • How will this change affect student workers?


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  • Do I still have access to health services through Spelman?
  • What counseling and wellness services are available?

Academic Continuity

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Student Services

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  • Will anyone be able to live in campus residence halls?
  • What do I do if I need assistance with technology?

Traditions, Experiences & Events

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Human Resources for Employees

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  • Will the number of furlough days required by faculty and staff be impacted by this change?

Second Semester

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Defer Enrollment

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) & Coronavirus Updates

Spelman College has been closely monitoring the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Since the spring semester we have updated the community to keep you informed of the College's decisions affected by COVID-19. Select the button below to access the Coronavirus Updates and related FAQs.

Coronavirus Updates & FAQs