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Your chances of getting into Spelman College

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for Spelman College
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Moderate 
Applicant Competition Average 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Spelman is 50.8%.  Its admission rate is the 10th lowest in Georgia.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Spelman and can you get accepted?

Spelman is a more competitive school to get into. You have a good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 5,673 out of the 11,176 who applied were admitted.

The school has moderate admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 50 percent on standardized admission tests. Spelman College typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.75. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 14% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into Spelman?

51% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Spelman College you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.75 or better
  • Earn A- grades in high school
  • Score 1130 on the SAT
  • Score 22 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top 25% of your high school class
  • Submit letters of recommendation from your teachers

Spelman GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


What GPA do you need to get into Spelman College?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into Spelman are to have around a 3.75 high school GPA. You are required to have exceptionally good grades and you should be graduating near the top of your class.

If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Spelman accepts 51% of students who apply.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at Spelman is 3.75 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn A- letter grades and regularly score around 90-92 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #7 in Georgia for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since Spelman is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.8 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted Spelman College students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 18.25% Good
3.75 to 3.99 32.83% Avg
3.50 to 3.74 35.61% Reach
3.25 to 3.49 9.38% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 3.55% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 0.38% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 0% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 0% Reach
less than 1.00 0% Reach

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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Spelman SAT Scores

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required or recommended by Spelman College.

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 


Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for Spelman College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 540
Math 25th Percentile 510
Composite 25th Percentile 1050
SAT Scores for Spelman College
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 620
Math 75th Percentile 580
Composite 75th Percentile 1200
Average SAT Score 1130

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to Spelman College?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Spelman is 1130 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1050-1200. Students who get into Spelman College score in the top 51 percent of all SAT test takers..  Spelman ranks #14 in the state of Georgia for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1130 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Spelman regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1050 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1050, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 970, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Spelman College is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "neither required nor recommended".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1130 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1125, you have around a 51% chance of being admitted. A 1200 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 66% chance of getting in.

Spelman College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1200 and Above Good >66%
1125 to 1200 Avg + 51%-66%
1050 to 1125 Avg - 35%-51%
975 to 1050 Reach 22%-35%
Less than 975 Low <22%
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Spelman ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 


Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for Spelman College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 20
Math 25th Percentile 17
Composite 25th Percentile 20
ACT Scores for Spelman College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 25
Math 75th Percentile 24
Composite 75th Percentile 25
Average ACT Score 22

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into Spelman?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to Spelman is 22, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 20 and 25.  The school ranks #16 in Georgia for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 22. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 20 and score in the score in the top 49 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 18.

55 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Spelman College.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Spelman College is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "neither required nor recommended".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into Spelman for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 22 score has around 51% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 69% with a 25 ACT score.

Spelman College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
25 and Above Good >69%
22 to 25 Avg + 51%-69%
20 to 22 Avg - 38%-51%
18 to 20 Reach 27%-38%
Less than 18 Low <27%
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High School Class Rank

59% of Spelman College freshman are in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class and 26% are in the top ten percent.

High School Class Rank for admitted Spelman College students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 26%
Top 25% of class 59%
Top 50% of class 93%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Spelman College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 11,176 0 11,176
Accepted 5,673 0 5,673
Acceptance Rate 51% NaN 51%
Enrolled 794 0 794
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 14% NaN 14%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Feb 1, 2024

Days left to Apply


Applicants have 62 days left until the Fall 2024 term applications are due on Feb 1, 2024.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Spelman College is $40.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Spelman College and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Spelman College Application Requirements
Test Scores Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Spelman College
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Admission Requirements Summary

Because Spelman is fairly competitive, you have a decent chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.75 GPA, you have a good shot at getting in. An SAT score of 1130 will further improve your application. If you can get a 1200 on the SAT you will have a very good chance on getting in. Additionally a 22 on the ACT places you in a strong position.

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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.


Does Spelman College prefer SAT or ACT?

70% of students submit their SAT scores to Spelman. 55% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Spelman College?

51% of those who apply are granted admission to Spelman. Admission competition is low and the college has moderate admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Spelman College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1050 and 1200. The average SAT score is 1125. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Spelman College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 20 and 25. The average ACT score is 22. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.