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Location
Atlanta, GA
Undergrads
2,074
Tuition
$23,794
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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5 College Freshman

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

3 College Sophomore

Academics: My major is biology, but the department as a whole is unorganized.

5 College Freshman

Academics: You get what you pay for!

3 College Freshman

Academics: English majors are abundant in number, but those choosing the alternative career from becoming an educator are few. The workload is manageable and not difficult to keep up with with good time management.

3 College Senior

Academics: there are a lot of prgrams available for the major

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 54th
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 80th
    Most Caring Professors
  • 163rd
    Smartest Professors
  • 433rd
    Most Available Classes
  • 614th
    Best Academic Advisers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Candace Wheeler
Hometown
Stone Mountain, GA
Major
Sociology
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Spelman places emphasis on the entire college experience, including academics. Classes are kept to small groups of students, allowing for easy interaction with peers and instructors. Almost every class is taught by a professor, and the College makes little use of TAs as instructors. Dialogue in the classroom is open, and it is common to find a discussion that has wandered away from the course syllabus to a relevant current event. One mandatory freshman course, African Diaspora & the World (ADW), inspires discussions about issues faced by those of African descent throughout history. Regardless of the class, most professors are approachable and sincerely interested in their students as people. Spelman is academically sound, and not only because of its well-known and published professors or the recognition it receives in the press. At all levels students are challenged to take on both group and individual projects meant to expand their knowledge, as well as enhance their approach to problem solving. Spelman has always had a strong reputation as a liberal arts college. In recent years, the college has widened that reputation to include the sciences with the addition of the Albro Falconer Manley Science Center. There is a strong emphasis on studies and the pursuit of graduate degrees. Some instructors believe in conducting their classes and disciplining students in a traditional style that, by today's standards, may seem strict, but students will have a unique connection with professors.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
11:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
173
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
77
Total FT Faculty
173
Faculty with Terminal Degree
85%
Average Faculty Salary
$66,909
Full-Time Retention Rate
90%
Part-Time Retention Rate
50%
Graduation Rate
73%
Programs/Majors Offered
28
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 57%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 42%
  • 50 or More Students: 1%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Degrees Awarded
Bachelor's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Biology and Biological Sciences: 6%
  • English Language Studies: 6%
  • Political Science and Government, General: 5%
  • Psychology: 12%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • First-floor Honor's Lounge in Giles Hall
  • The Science Center, especially second floor study room
  • Second-floor reading room in Cosby
Tips to Succeed
  • Bring a computer if you can.
  • Don't procrastinate on papers-remember, the computer lab is sometimes overrun during peak times.
  • Go to a Spelman summer program to get a jump on things freshman year.
  • Have a designated time to study and do homework.
  • Read before class. Teachers like to call on students during discussions.
  • Register early to get the good classes.
  • Take good notes in class.
  • Talk to students who've had the "hard" teachers before for tips, notes, and advice.
Did You Know?
  • The 2005 edition of U.S. News & World Report ranked Spelman among the Top 75 Best Liberal Arts Colleges.
  • It is bad luck to walk through the Alumnae Arch located within the campus Oval before your senior class participates in the "March Through the Alumnae Arch."
  • Spelman is part of the Atlanta University Center, the largest consortium of Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the world. Spelman and five other schools (Clark Atlanta University, Morris Brown College, the Interdenominational Theological Center, Morehouse College, and the Morehouse School of Medicine) share cross-registration and the resources of the Robert W. Woodruff Library. Visit www.aucenter.edu for more info.
  • Spelman now has wireless Internet! Feel free to put the final touches on your writing assignment at the student center on your way from class!
  • Did you know that Packard Hall, home to financial aid and the registrar's office, was featured in the movie ATL starring rapper T.I. and actress Lauren London?

Student Polls

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 8 responses

  • 44% Keisha Knight-Pulliam - actress
  • 11% Varnette Honeywood - artist, creator of Little Bill
  • 11% Stephanie Scott - beauty editor, Essence magazine
  • 11% Shaun Robinson - actress, correspondent
  • 6% Kathleen McGee-Anderson - TV producer, playwright
  • 6% LaTanya Richardson Jackson - actress
  • 6% Rolanda Watts - talk show host
  • 6% Vanessa Bell Calloway- actress
  • 0% Mattiwilda Dobbs Janzon - first black opera performer at La Scala
  • 0% Danica Tisdale - first black Miss Georgia (2004)
  • 0% Reisha L. Raney - contestant on TV dating show
  • 0% Tanika Ray - host of "Head 2 Toe" on Lifetime
  • 0% Tayari Jones - author of "Leaving Atlanta"
  • 0% Iris Little Thomas - actress
  • 0% Sherri A. McGee -author

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 34 responses

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Excellent
  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 33 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

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