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At a Glance

Spelman at a Glance

Profile: Private, independent, liberal arts, historically Black college for women, founded in 1881.

Goals: Our goals include integrating and globalizing learning, teaching creatively and rigorously, leading from our authentic core, living sustainably, improving ourselves continuously, and collaborating to better our city’s quality of life. These ambitious GOALS and others build on our accomplishments as the premier historically Black college for women and one of the finest institutions for undergraduate education nationwide.

Accreditation: Spelman College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate degrees.

Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Spelman College.

The Commission on Colleges should be contacted only if there is evidence that appears to support an institution's significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard.

Spelman College is also an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the National Association for College Admissions Counseling.

Atlanta University Center: Spelman is part of the largest consortium of historically Black institutions of higher learning in the world. Its four partner institutions include Clark Atlanta University, the Interdenominational Theological Center, Morehouse College and Morehouse School of Medicine. Spelman shares cross-registration with its undergraduate partners. They also share the Robert W. Woodruff Library.

Campus: A historic campus of 39 acres, dating back to 1883, five minutes west of downtown Atlanta. There are 25 buildings, including Sisters Chapel, Giles Hall, Packard Hall, Rockefeller Hall and Reynolds Cottage. The Camille O. Hanks Cosby Academic Center was dedicated in 1996, and a new state-of-the-art Science Center houses classrooms and labs.

Student Body: More than 2,100 students from 41 states and 15 foreign countries.

Faculty: Eighty percent of full-time faculty hold Ph.Ds or other terminal degrees. Student-faculty ratio is 12:1.

Women's Research and Resource Center: The first of its kind on a Black college campus devoted to curriculum in women's studies.

Special Provisions: Spelman College admits qualified student candidates regardless of race, color, national or ethnic origin, or physical challenge.

Financial Aid: Financial aid is available from a variety of sources and is awarded in the form of grant, loan and/or work-study assistance. Approximately 87 percent of students receive financial aid. Scholarships are available from a variety of sources and are merit and/or need-based. All completed first-year applicants are considered.

Majors

Bachelor of Arts: Art, Child Development, Chinese, Comparative Women's Studies, Drama, Economics, English, French, History, Human Services (PED Students Only), Independent Major, International Studies, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Spanish, and Sociology

Bachelor of Science: Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer and Information Sciences, Engineering/Dual Degree, Environmental Science and Studies, and Physics

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