Spelman College, a historically Black college and a global leader in the education of women of African descent, is dedicated to academic excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and the intellectual, creative, ethical, and leadership development of its students. Spelman empowers the whole person to engage the many cultures of the world and inspires a commitment to positive social change.
Founded in 1881 as the Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary, it became Spelman College in 1924. Now a global leader in the education of women of African descent, Spelman College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is a proud member of the Atlanta University Center Consortium.
Today Spelman’s student body is comprised of more than 2,100 students from 41 states and 15 foreign countries. Spelman empowers women to engage the many cultures of the world and inspires a commitment to positive social change through service. It is dedicated to academic excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and the intellectual, creative, ethical and leadership development of it’s students.
Spelman is proud of its 76 percent graduation rate, one of the best in the nation, but it’s support doesn’t stop once their graduates step on stage to take their diploma. Spelman’s global alumnae network is strong, providing connections and helping hands to graduates as they begin on their path of global engagement. Some of Spelman’s notable alumnae include Audrey F. Manley, the former surgeon general of the United States, Maj. Gen. Marcelite J. Harris, the first African-American female general of the U.S. Air Force, Rosalind Brewer, President and CEO of Sam’s Club, as well as Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize winning author.