Spelman College, a private 4-year college is located in downtown Atlanta, GA. Spelman is a part of the Atlanta University Center academic consortium in Atlanta and is among the oldest Historically Black Colleges for women in the country. Founded in 1881 as the Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary, the school maintains a sibling relationship with Morehouse College (a Historically Black College for men). The compact 39 acre campus is set in the middle of the city and features traditional red-brick “collegiate” architecture. The school is located adjacent to Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University. Among the notable alumni are actresses Esther Rolle and Keisha Knight-Pulliam.
Spelman College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges and offers Bachelor’s Degrees in over 25 majors. The college is also noted for its Teacher Education program and Music; the largest programs on campus are in Social Sciences and Psychology. The college offers the Spelman “MILE” – My Integrated Learning Experience – an interdisciplinary curriculum that provides a holistic approach to education. This holistic approach to education integrates a rigorous curriculum with both applied and service learning, teamwork and leadership development, and diversity and global learning. The college also has a robust study abroad program. Per the Mission statement, “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.”
There are over 2000 undergraduate students enrolled in Spelman College. Many live in one of the eleven residence halls – each with their own unique identity and history. There are over 80 clubs and student organizations available, including club sports and intramurals. Spelman made the decision to forego varsity, intercollegiate athletics in 2013 and redirected the money formerly used for athletics to the construction of a Wellness Center, the goals of which include: comprehensive programming that is: Instructional, recreational, competitive, informative; development of citizen leaders through the development of KSAs (knowledge, skills and abilities); and maximize campus outreach by expanding wellness on campus through collaborative programs, consistency in marketing and holistic customer service. The Center is a member of NIRSA (National Intramurals, Recreation and Sports Association) and serves as a model for small colleges and universities (particularly single gender). The Center committed to ongoing quality assessment and evaluation by establishing program objectives, learning outcomes, satisfaction objectives and participation statistics of all our wellness center users.