Points of Pride

Spelman is America's oldest historically Black college for women and is a global leader in the education of women of African descent. The college 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.


Spelman was founded in 1881 as Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary by Sophia B. Packard and Harriet E. Giles. The name was changed in 1884 to Spelman Seminary in honor of Mrs. Laura Spelman Rockefeller and her parents Harvey Buel and Lucy Henry Spelman, longtime activists in the antislavery movement.

Location & Contact

Spelman College

350 Spelman Lane, SW

Atlanta, GA 30314

United States

Office of Admissions

Degrees Offered

Bachelor's Degree
Pre-Professional and Certificate Programs

Areas of Study

  • African Diaspora and the World Program
  • Art and Art History
  • Asian Studies Program
  • Biology
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Comparative Women's Studies
  • Computer and Information Sciences
  • Drama and Dance
  • Dual Degree Engineering
  • Early Childhood Education (Education Studies Program)
  • Economics
  • English
  • Environmental Science and Studies
  • French
  • Health Sciences
  • History
  • Human Services (For non-traditional students/Pauline E. Drake Scholars only)
  • Independent Major (by application only)
  • International Studies
  • Japan Studies Program
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Spanish