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Spelman College

Type of school: Private institution
Year founded: 1881
Affiliation: None
Academic calendar: Semester
Undergraduate student body: 2,290
Environment: Urban
Endowment: $291,604,536
Admissions Address

350 Spelman Lane SW
Atlanta, GA 30314-4399



Admissions E-mail



Selectivity: More Selective
Average high school GPA: 3.6
Send application by: February 1
Admissions Contact Information
Admissions director: Ms. Arlene Cash
Admissions office telephone: (800) 982-2411
Fall 2008 Admissions Deadlines Regular decision
Send application by: February 1
Decision sent by: April 1
Accept offer by: May 1
Early decision
Send application by: November 1
Decision sent by: December 15
Early action
Send application by: November 15
Decision sent by: December 31
Application fee: $35
Is the fee refundable? No
Can fee be waived for students with financial need? Yes
Does school have a waiting list? Yes
Can admission be deferred? Yes
Accepted application formats:
Applications on floppy disks: Yes
Applications via E-mail: Yes
Tuition deposit: $200 (Nonrefundable)
Room deposit: $100 (Nonrefundable)
Admissions Requirements
High school completion requirement: High school diploma is required and GED is accepted
General college-preparatory program: Required
Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended*
  Units Required Units Recommended
English 4 4
Mathematics 3 4
Science 3 4
Lab 2 3
Foreign language 2 4
Social studies 3 4
History 2 3
Academic electives 2 2
Total academic units 15 19

*One unit equals one year of study or its equivalent.

Campus visit: Recommended
Admissions interview: Neither required nor recommended
Off-campus interview: May be arranged
Does the college use SAT or ACT scores in admissions decisions for first-time, first-year applicants? Yes
SAT/ACT requirements: Either SAT or ACT required.
SAT/ACT scores must be received by: February 1
Tests accepted for Fall 2008 entering class: ACT with writing, ACT without writing
SAT Subject Test scores must be received by: N/A
Open admission policy? No
What is the relative importance of specific academic factors in admission decisions?
Rigor of secondary school record: Very important
Class rank: Considered
Academic GPA: Very important
Standardized test scores: Very important
Application essay: Very important
Recommendation: Important
What is the relative importance of specific nonacademic factors in admission decisions?
Interview: Not considered
Extracurricular activities: Important
Talent/ability: Considered
Character/personal qualities: Very important
First generation: Not considered
Alumni/ae relation: Considered
Geographical residence: Not considered
State residency: Not considered
Religious affiliation/commitment: Not considered
Racial/ethnic status: Not considered
Volunteer work: Important
Work experience: Important
Level of applicant's interest: Considered
2006-2007 Admissions Statistics
Selectivity: More Selective
Overall acceptance rate: 37%
Early-decision acceptance rate: 25%
Early-action acceptance rate: 51%
Acceptance rate (excluding early-action and early-decision students): 34%
Total applicants: 5,248
Total acceptances: 1,946
Total freshman enrollment: 569
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision: 40%
Male applicants: N/A
Male acceptances: N/A
Male freshman enrollment: 0
Female applicants: 5,248
Female acceptances: 1,946
Female freshman enrollment: 569
Out-of-state freshmen: 79%
Qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list: 30
Applicants accepting a place on waiting list: 13
Students enrolled from waiting list: 13


2006-2007 Freshman Class Profile
Top 10 percent of high school class: 32%
Top 25 percent of high school class: 71%
Top 50 percent of high school class: 94%
First-year students submitting high school class standing: 70%
Average high school GPA: 3.6
First-year students submitting GPA: 100%
First-year students submitting SAT scores: 77%
SAT scores (25/75 percentile):
Critical Reading: 500 - 590
Math: 480 - 570
Combined: 980 - 1160


Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
700-800 1.0% 1.0%
600-699 20.0% 14.0%
500-599 57.0% 50.0%
400-499 20.0% 33.0%
300-399 2.0% 2.0%
200-299 0.0% 0.0%


First-year students submitting ACT scores: 54%
ACT scores (25/75 percentile):
English: 20 - 26
Math: 18 - 24
Composite: 20 - 24


Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 2.0% 7.0% 2.0%
24-29 30.0% 37.0% 27.0%
18-23 62.0% 47.0% 54.0%
12-17 6.0% 9.0% 17.0%
6-11 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Below 6 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%


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