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3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: The psych department was very geared towards research, clinical work, public health, etc. It's great to have those skills, however if that's not the path you want to go in psychology, then it can be struggle. I want to go into counseling, so it would've been nice to have more that one class available about counseling.

Recent Alumnus

Majors: All of my internships while at Spelman were government internships. They paid well, it's 40 hrs/week, and the responsibilities range depending on the internship.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: I can't really speak on the topic since I never really used visitation except when moving something heavy or ever had issues with the rules.

2 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: It was a struggle. I was fortunate to receive some scholarship from Spelman, and I would definitely recommend going and doing the best that you can to see what scholarships they have, but going into the financial aid office was an overall unpleasant experience for me.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Spelman is diverse in many ways, but from the outside looking in the "Spelman type" could be seen as one-dimensional.

3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: I didn't have a car while at Spelman, but most of the places I needed to go were walking distance. Depending on the situation, i would sometimes take a taxi where i needed to go, and I also had friends who had cars if we decided to go out.

4 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: You learn what you enjoy doing as you go through. Some prefer clubs, some house parties, etc. Spelman hosts some events on-campus, generally through student government and other student organizations, but most parties are held off-campus.

3 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Spelman's campus is gorgeous and very taken care of, but the surrounding neighborhood, the West End, isn't a great neighborhood by any means. The MARTA is walking distance, but it can be an uncomfortable walk if you're alone and don't know where you're going/never made the walk before. In the immediate area, there aren't a lot of sites or open park area. Piedmont is nice and once you get into the cities there are many things to do, but it requires some travel.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Overall, I wouldn't change anything about my Spelman experience. I loved my time there, and Spelman will always be home for me.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: I don't really party that much, I'd much rather hang out with a few friends in someone's room or around campus.

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1 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It is not easy AT ALL to find housing around here. Either it is affordable and amongst a DANGEROUS neighborhood, or it is safe and EXTREMELY OVERPRICED (due to the fact that we are so close to downtown Atlanta).

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I am starting to get a bit more acquainted with leaving in Atlanta, but it doesn't seem like there is much to do outside of campus.

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College Freshman

Greek Life: I don't know much about Greek Life at Spelman, mostly because freshman aren't allowed to pledge.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: At first, I desperately wanted to transfer, but I decided to stick it out, and hopefully once I graduate I'll be glad that I decided to stay.

1 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I'm not sure if it's just the freshman dorms that are this disgusting, but these dorms are filthy. The cleaning staff are really nice women, but to be perfectly honest, they do not do the best job keeping up with the maintenance of this building.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: I guess meeting guys would be easy if you got out a lot, but that has not been the case for me.

3 College Freshman

Computers: I'm pleased with the amount of electronics available around campus.

1 College Freshman

Athletics: There are no sports teams at Spelman whatsoever!!!

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I don't think the "rules" here are really enforced. For example, there is supposed to be strict rules regarding visitation, but I notice that girls sometimes have guys in their rooms when there isn't visitation.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The course work is definitely challenging, and the professors really care about teaching.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Biology is hard, but I didn't expect it to be easy, and it will all be worth it in the end.

5 College Freshman

Majors: My adviser is the best, and she made the transition from high school to college effortless!

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Public safety seems to only do enough to keep from getting complaints, but the health services offered on campus are superb.

4 College Freshman

Weather: Besides the fact that it rains a lot here, this weather sure beats Chicago's at this point in the year.

1 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Besides the fact that there isn't much around here but fast food restaurants, the people that work there are very rude and the location isn't all that great either.


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Candace Wheeler
Stone Mountain, GA
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Spelman students generally embrace both the good and the bad elements of their college experience and emerge with a positive overall view. The sisterhood, challenges, and nurturing environment are aspects of their time at Spelman that they cherish the most. Many express a love for Spelman that one could conclude transcends the educational experience and speaks more to a bond formed with the institution, the faculty, and their peers. Spelman is definitely a small school, so there are a few students who may feel like they missed out on the advantages of a big, coed, institution. For others, they like the fact that they had the access to the other campuses of the Atlanta University Center but were always able to return to the gates of Spelman. Spelman is seen as a journey into womanhood for many young ladies. It is also an opportunity for many students to meet other women of color like themselves, for the first time in their lives. As was mentioned in the Diversity section, Spelman brings together a plethora of women who might not otherwise have met or ever discovered the common bonds they share despite their different upbringings and backgrounds. Academically, Spelman ranks high and has been recognized in the media for producing successful women who go on to be recognized in all fields of study, industry, and business.

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