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350 Spelman Lane Southwest
Atlanta, Georgia 30314
Main Phone: (404) 681-3643
Main Contact: Theodora Riley

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Spelman College

     Spelman College is a four-year liberal arts women's college located in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. The college is part of the Atlanta University Center academic consortium in Atlanta.Founded in 1881 as the Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary, Spelman was the first historically black female institution of higher education to receive its collegiate charter in 1924. It thus holds the distinction of being America's oldest historically black college for women.

Quick Facts

Undergrad Population: 2177
Graduate Population: 0
Student Body: Female Only
In State Tuition: $22010
Out of State Tuition: $10660
Room & Board: $10464
Applications Due: March 1st ($35)
Conference: GSAC
Mascot: Jaguars
Online Classes: no
Percent Men: 0
Percent Women: 100%

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Majors Offered

Natural Sciences & Mathematics
-Environmental Studies
-Environmental Sciences
-Computer and Information Sciences
-General Science (Dual Degree Engineering)
-Health Sciences

-Comparative Women's Studies -French
-Religious Studies

Social Sciences & Education
-Elementary Education
-Education Studies
-International Studies
-Human Services
-Political Science
-Sociology & Anthropology

-Dance Performance & Choreography
-Theatre and Performance (Drama)
-Documentary Filmmaking
-Art History

Sports & Extra Curricular Activities
Choir, Choral Groups, Concert Band, Dance, Honors Program, Jazz Band, Sororities, Student Newspaper
College History
     The school's history is traced to 1881, when two Boston women, Sophia Packard and Harriet Giles, began teaching a small group of African American women, mostly ex-slaves, in an Atlanta church basement. Two years later the school moved to the site of Fort McPherson, which had been a Union training site during the American Civil War. Donations from industrialist and philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, beginning in 1884, assured the school's security and growth in its early decades. The school was named Spelman Seminary for Rockefeller's wife's mother. It began awarding college degrees in 1901 and became Spelman College in 1924. In 1929 an agreement between Spelman College, Morehouse College (for African American men), and Atlanta University formed what would become the Atlanta University Center, which consists of Spelman and five other African American institutions in Atlanta sharing students, faculty, facilities, and curricula. Notable alumnae include lawyer and civil-rights activist Marian Wright Edelman, musician and historian Bernice Johnson Reagon, and writer Alice Walker.

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Atlanta Mayor Franklin to teach at Atlanta's Spelman College
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