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5 College Freshman

Academics: these professors are very helpful when you attend office hours. they offer extra help and provide us with material that will be beneficial during our own study time

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4 College Junior

Academics: My college is extremely driven when it comes to academics. Most professor are willing to assist students when it comes to understanding of a topic; however, there are some professors who are not as active in helping students achieve their goals. You have to be able to be independent and proactive in order to get the grades you want. Registering for classes is fairly easy since it is online and you can choose the professor and class you need for the semester. Workload varies from class to class, but I would advise that you set priorties and follow through with them.

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3 College Junior

Academics: I am an economics major with a concentration in fashion design. Overall the economics department is helpful when it come to getting a clear understanding of a topic. however, some professors are not reliable, so I definitely would be cautious when choosing the professor that is right depending on how you learn. They are numerous internship/job opportunities in this field. It is just all about going out and finding what you want.

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5 College Junior

Academics: Spelman is the top Historically Black Colleges in the nation, as well as one of the top liberal art schools in America. They have outstanding academic programs that guide students into successful careers.

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4 College Junior

Academics: The Chemistry department at Spelman College is outstanding. We have mentors ever left and right, as well as professors that want to see their students prepared for graduate or medical school. We have a special class entitled Sophmore/Junior/Senior Chemistry Seminar. This class is designed specifically to help guide students through their major and to prepare them further into the careers and opportunities available for chemist.

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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: 7%
  • English Language Studies: 5%
  • Political Science and Government, General: 6%
  • 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 14 responses

  • 39% Keisha Knight-Pulliam - actress
  • 15% Stephanie Scott - beauty editor, Essence magazine
  • 12% Shaun Robinson - actress, correspondent
  • 9% LaTanya Richardson Jackson - actress
  • 6% Varnette Honeywood - artist, creator of Little Bill
  • 3% Mattiwilda Dobbs Janzon - first black opera performer at La Scala
  • 3% Kathleen McGee-Anderson - TV producer, playwright
  • 3% Danica Tisdale - first black Miss Georgia (2004)
  • 3% Rolanda Watts - talk show host
  • 3% Vanessa Bell Calloway- actress
  • 3% Coretta Scott King
  • 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

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 34 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 33 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 7 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 7 responses

  • 57% This was my dream school.
  • 29% This was one of my top choices.
  • 14% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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