Atlanta’s Spelman College

Spelman College is America’s oldest historically black college for women. The school is a private educational institution that was established in 1881 and is located on a 39-acre campus.  The school has an undergraduate student population of just over 2,100. This article is a Spelman College review.

Spelman College has an urban setting and uses a semester-based academic calendar. Spelman College ranks 61 in the National Liberal Arts Colleges listings (2018). The school was initially named the Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary and is located just a few minutes outside of downtown Atlanta. The school is part of the world’s largest association of historically black educational institutions, the Atlanta University Center Consortium.

Spelman’s students are required to live on the school’s campus during the first two years and there are over sixty students organizations to choose from such as Greek life student bodies that actually constitute the largest students group on campus. Spelman College is not competing in intercollegiate athletics but the school is offering wellness programs open to all students.

Within the Atlanta University Center Consortium, Spelman College partners with  Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine, and Clark Atlanta University, This nonprofit consortium aims to provide a top-notch education for students of African-American and other diversity origins. The school’s Women’s Research & Resource Center is actually the first of its kind found on a black college campus that’s devoted entirely to women’s studies curricula.

Spelman College Notable Alumni

Notable alumni of Spelman College include Major General Marcelite J. Harris (the first U.S. Airforce’s African-American female general), Audrey F. Manley (former U.S. Surgeon General), and Alice Walker (author of “The Color Purple”).

Spelman College is a school with noteworthy outcomes for students. The school’s graduation rate (77 percent, 6-year average) is among the highest of all HBCUs and much higher than the average U.S. graduation rate for African-American students (44 percent). Spelman is a historically Black, highly-selective, college that aims to inspire women to change their world. Students will experience an education unlike any other while embracing a life-changing and long-standing commitment to academic rigor, leadership opportunities, career development, positive social action, and community involvement like being active in a few Atlanta chield-friendly activities.

The school’s graduates’ social mobility (personal income increase over parents’ income) is actually the highest of all educational institutions in Georgia and one of the highest among all private selective universities and colleges in America. The National Science Foundation recognized Spelman College as the leading and most important producer of Black female students who continue to earn doctorate degrees in the sciences.

Spelman’s academic programs include the new groundbreaking ARTS@Spelman curriculum which includes curatorial studies, theater, dance, documentary filmmaking, a top-of-the-line Innovation lab, the SpelBots Robotics Team, the Spelman College Glee Club, as well as the Women’s Research & Resource Center (the first center at an HBCU that offers a women’s studies major). Read more about Spelman College here.

Spelman College’s faculty is exemplary of the creativity and courage, independent thinking and high intellect, and independent convictions that Spelman College aims to cultivate in the school’s students. The school’s faculty consists of nationally and internationally respected, recognized, and highly awarded scholars and officers and heads of disciplinary associations, many of which are holding patents for their unique discoveries. Practically all of the school’s faculty members hold doctoral or equivalent degrees in their specific fields and have played significant roles in Atlanta’s history. More information about Atlanta’s history is found in this article.

All students are encouraged to study overseas during their college years, to complete the most interesting undergraduate research projects or internships in their major, and to become masters of current or evolving technologies. Specialized academic courses are helping to define the Spelman experience as an education that reflects the school’s profound foundation in the liberal arts, its depth and strength within the chosen discipline, and the school’s interdisciplinary perspectives regarding that Big Questions we will be confronted with in our world. The most popular majors at Spelman are English, Biological & Biomedical Sciences, Physical Science, Social Sciences, and Psychology.