#5 Best Private Colleges in Georgia

Spelman College

Atlanta, Georgia

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Spelman College overview
Location Atlanta, Georgia
Online spelman.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large City
Spelman College overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad
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Spelman College, a private historically Black liberal arts college for women, is situated in Atlanta, Georgia, just west of downtown. Founded in 1881, it holds the distinction of being America's oldest private institution of higher education for Black women. Spelman's urban campus exudes a rich historical ambiance, with noteworthy features such as Sisters Chapel and an impressive collection of 19th-century buildings. The college maintains a highly selective admissions process and is well-regarded for academic programs in the arts, social sciences, and STEM fields. Although not primarily recognized for athletics, Spelman participates in the NCAA Division III as a non-competitive member. On-campus living is part of the Spelman experience, with a variety of residence halls fostering an inclusive educational environment.

In the most recent statistical year 13,649 prospective students applied, and 3,875 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 577 enrolled in the school.  2,326 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 776 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $25,880 plus fees of $3,005. Spelman is ranked 392 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.

Spelman College is a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) primarily serving the African-American community.
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Spelman is rated within the top 41% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 6 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

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SAT 1050/1200
ACT 20/25
GPA 3.75

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due Feb 1, 2024
Applicant Competition High
Application Fee $40

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Spelman College
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,500
Other Fees$3,005
Room and Board $15,666
Budget for Other Expenses$3,515
Total One Year Cost$49,566

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$51,300 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

77% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Spelman College students
Subject Percent of Class
Social Sciences 28%
Psychology 20%
Biology 14%
English and Literature 12%
Visual and Performing Arts 6%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=141060 IPEDS survey data for Spelman College.

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