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Campus Quality: Student life is beautiful on campus! Everyone has something that they want you to be a part of. Find your niche. Don't le anyone hassle you to be in any club or organization until you do your research.

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Campus Quality: They have many clubs you organizations you can be a part of, including clubs and social life.

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Campus Quality: The most unique opportunities my school offers are numerous ways to better your academic, social, and overall college life. We have tutors, clubs, and chapel service on campus that is all free and would be a great asset for anyone to be involved in.


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On the campus of a college that was founded over 100 years ago, you should expect some older, smaller buildings, but the facilities on Spelman's campus are mixed when it comes to design and modern amenities. The Manley Student Center is home to the cafeteria and a social area, and most students find it a nice escape from the dormitory. Sisters Chapel recently had a much-needed facelift, and students and alumni are both pleased with the results. This facility has a great deal of history behind it and is home to most of the schools major presentations and entertainment events. Students complain most about the gym, as it is relatively small and offers limited equipment. Some students still find that they have to join the local Bally's or LA Fitness in order to get the type of workout they need. Though Spelman's campus doesn't offer a great deal of variety when it comes to facilities and day-to-day activities, there are always events being put on that create a buzz on campus. Also, the proximity of the campus to other schools in the Atlanta University Center gives students the freedom to explore and enjoy facilities they like better elsewhere. Spelman is a work in progress, and students can expect that there will be more renovations to come to make the campus competitive with other schools.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
32 acres
Student Centers
Manley Student Center
Main Libraries
Robert W. Woodruff Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Clark Atlanta University Promenade ("The Strip")
  • Clark Atlanta University Student Center
  • Jazzman's Café
  • Manley Student Center
  • Morehouse College Kilgore Dining Room
  • Robert W. Woodruff Library, which is affectionately called "Club Woody"
Bowling on Campus
The Read gym is home to a couple lanes.
Coffeehouse on Campus
Jazzman's Café between the campuses of Spelman College and Morehouse College. Also, coffee is served in the Jaguar Underground ("The Grill") in Lower Manley on Spelman's campus.
Movie Theater on Campus
School Slang
  • ADW: African Diaspora & the World, a mandatory class for incoming students
  • The AUC: Short reference to the Atlanta University Center and the schools in it
  • Club Woody: The Woodruff Library used by all of the schools in the AUC.
  • Cosby LL: Lower level of the Cosby Building
  • The Grill: Fast food café in the Manley Center. Official name is the Jaguar Underground.
  • HH: Howard Harreld Hall
  • The House: Another name for Morehouse College
  • House Man: A student of Morehouse
  • Lower Manley: Location of the SGA office, the Grill, and parts of Market Friday.
  • The Oval: Paved Circular area in the middle of campus
  • Set: A party. Usage: "Did you go to that set at Frequency the other night?"
  • Spelmanite: Name for Spelman college student
  • Step or stepping: A series of movements involving, beats, rhythms, calls, and chants performed by members of Greek letter organizations. These can be done on an impromptu level, during step shows, or coming out/crossing shows.
  • The Strip: The walkway on the way from Spelman to the Woodruff Library. "The Strip" is also sort of a borderline between Morehouse and Clark Atlanta University.
  • Stroll: Uniform walk performed by the Greeks. Usually done at parties or on the Yard.
  • The Suites: This can refer to either the Morehouse College off-campus apartments or the Spelman Suites
  • The Yard: The grounds of the campus. Generally, the area in front of the Student Center. Usage: "I will see you on the Yard at Market Friday" In the past "the Yard" was also used to refer to Spelman's entire campus, as Morehouse was "the House."
  • Bench Ceremony: The Bench in this ceremony is located near the Alumnae Arch. The significance of the Bench is that it is only to be used by members of the current senior class. It is passed to the junior class on Class Day during graduation weekend. This ceremony dates back to 1941.
  • Freshman Traditions: Freshman Week is a tradition that stirs up the sisterhood of the incoming class, as well as the dorms. There are actually other traditions that first-year students will encounter, but to share them would diminish the special privilege of being a part of the Spelman family.
  • Ivy Oration: This is a speech given by the senior class valedictorian during Class Day, two days before graduation.
  • March Through the Arch: Spelman alumnae, wearing white dresses, lead the graduating class through the Alumnae Arch. This symbolizes their walk out of the gates of Spelman College and into the world.
  • Spelman Hymn: The Spelman Hymn was written by Eddye Mae Money Shivery a member of the class of 1934. It is sung at the conclusion of convocation and chapel events, as well as all alumnae events and chapter meetings.
  • The White Dress Tradition: One of the most well-known traditions involves a white dress and "flesh tone" stockings. This is sometimes referred to the "Spelman uniform" by students. Almost 100 years ago, there was an unwritten rule that Spelman students should have a "respectable and conservative" white dress. Students were also requested to own a pair of "sensible black shoes." In those days, this outfit promoted uniformity and signified the importance of most formal events. To this day, during special occasions, Spelman students and alumnae are requested to wear this outfit. During the new student induction ceremony, the Founders Day ceremony, and graduation, to name a few, you will see hundreds of women wearing white.
Urban Legends
  • Chadwick Hall, an old dorm that was demolished, was sinking into the ground and had become unsafe to live in.
  • If you walk through the Alumnae Arch before your Class Day you won't graduate. (However, good luck finding anyone who will admit to walking through it prematurely!)
  • Only women have held the role of College president at Spelman.
  • Oprah only gives money to Morehouse.
  • Spelman banned rap star Nelly from campus.
Favorite Things To Do
Many students like to attend Market Friday, which is inside or directly in front of Lower Manley Student Center. It is a weekly event where vendors sell clothing, accessories, CDs, and general apparel. Major events occur on campus during homecoming, the beginning of the school year, and final exams. Most students like to take a strut through Market Friday at the student center to buy bargain fashions, music, and accessories, or to catch up between classes. Homecoming, usually celebrated jointly between Morehouse and Spelman, is a well-awaited yearly event filled with fashion shows, coronation of the College queens, music concerts, and the infamous tailgate party in the adjoining student parking lots.
Student Activities Offered
  • Choral groups
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • Jazz band
  • Music ensembles
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: Yes
Army ROTC: Yes
Did You Know?
The Spelman Suites, which opened in the fall of 2008, are the first apartment style living accommodations the college has ever had.

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 50 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 29 responses

  • 26% The White Dress Tradition
  • 18% Freshman Traditions
  • 18% Olive Branch
  • 11% Spelman Hymn
  • 11% Homecoming
  • 8% March Through the Arch
  • 8% Christmas Carol
  • 0% Bench Ceremony
  • 0% Ivy Oration

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 27 responses

  • 36% On campus hangouts
  • 30% Eat.
  • 17% Promenade when it is warm and meet people
  • 13% Poetry
  • 4% Dorm events

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 29 responses

  • 41% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 52% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 7% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 55 responses

  • 38% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 58% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 2% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 2% I hate my school and have no school spirit.


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