ic S/general/checkmark circled Thanks for subscribing! Be on the lookout for our next newsletter.
ic S/general/checkmark circled Saved to Favorites.

Spelman College Admissions

If you are considering submitting an application to Spelman College, the regular decision application deadline is February 1 and the fee for the application is $40.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may qualify for for fee waiver for their application.

Students who apply for Fall should hear back from Spelman College by April 1.

Spelman College Admissions Stats at a Glance

Spelman College 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.6
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 30%
Mean SAT Score 1133
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are considered
Applicants Who Submit SATs 71%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 49%
Waitlist Yes

Applying Early to Spelman College?

Spelman College offers early decision and also offers early action. Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

Mark your calendar!

The Early Action deadline is November 15, which is coming up fast! Spelman College will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 31.

The early decision acceptance rate at Spelman College is 29%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 53%. Spelman College accepts about 7% of early action applicants and 53% all applicants for all deadlines. Last year, Spelman College admitted 53 of the 183 students who applied early decison. Last year, Spelman College admitted 2,588 of the 3,686 who applied early action.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to Spelman College?

Spelman College is a very difficult school to get into. Spelman College evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, Spelman College accepted 53% of students, around 4,794 of the 9,118 students who applied.

Schools that are very difficult to get into, like Spelman College, accept fewer than 60% of all applicants. At least 50% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT and over 26 on the ACT.

Transfer student admissions is very difficult.

In 2021, Spelman College waitlisted 550 students. Of those, 173 eventually got in.

What's Most Important to Get In to Spelman College?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the areas where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Spelman College

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Important
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Application Essay Very Important
First Generation Not Considered
Interview Not Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Not Considered
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Volunteer Work Important

Spelman College Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Spelman College must submit the following items. Double check with Spelman College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.0
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Spelman College?

Students admitted to Spelman College have an average unweighted GPA of 3.6.

Out of all students that were admitted, 45% submitted a class rank. At Spelman College 30% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 59% were in the top 25% and 88% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Spelman College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 45%
3.75 and 3.99 21.7%
3.50 and 3.74 28.82%
3.25 and 3.49 23.26%
3.00 and 3.24 7.64%
2.50 and 2.9 0.7%
2.00 and 2.49 0%

Spelman College considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Spelman College is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 71% of Spelman College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 49% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Spelman College?

To be competitive with other Spelman College applicants, you should strive to earn between 1060 and 1190 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Spelman College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1190 and 25% of scored lower than 1060, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Spelman College student is 1133.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Spelman College students scored 580 or higher and 75% of students scored 540 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Spelman College students scored 620 or higher, and 75% scored a 540 or higher.

Want to increase your SAT Score?

Preparing for the SAT can help raise your score, but it doesn't have to take up a lot of time.

Learn how to increase your SAT score 200 points or more in just 10 minutes a day.

What's a Good ACT Score for Spelman College?

To be most competitive at Spelman College, you should strive to earn between 20 and 25 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 25 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Spelman College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 25, and three out of four students scored lower than 25 on the ACT.

A 20 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Spelman College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 20.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

Transferring to Spelman College

For transfer students, it is very difficult to get admitted to Spelman College.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is April 1. Applicants should hear back by May 1.

Transfer students can enroll in Spelman College during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term

Spelman College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Spelman College?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Spelman College.

Does Spelman College accept transfer credits?

Spelman College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Spelman College accepts:

  • CLEP subject tests
  • ACE recommendations for credit

Does Spelman College accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

Spelman College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Spelman College?

Spelman College is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

What is Spelman College's acceptance rate?

Spelman College's acceptance rate is 53%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Spelman College?

Spelman College's early decision acceptance rate was 29% in 2021.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Spelman College?

The early action acceptance rate at Spelman College was 7% in 2021.

Want To Learn More About Spelman College?

Click below to find out more about the admissions requirements and deadlines, student life, academics, majors and more.


Student Life


Tuition & Aid

Visit the College Confidential forums to join the conversation about Spelman College

Explore other colleges in Georgia or use the college admissions predictor to calculate your chances of getting into some of the top colleges and universities in the U.S.

Spelman College Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


How hard is it to get into Spelman College? Spelman College is a very selective institution. The Spelman College acceptance rate is 53%. This means that the institution accepts 52 out of every 100 applicants.



Wondering what your chances are of getting into Spelman College?

Complete your profile to get your personalized, AI-calculated prediction score.

Calculate Chances

Spelman College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Feb 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Apr 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Spelman College is Feb 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Spelman College is Apr 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Spelman College ACT Scores


ACT Range

20 - 25

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

25 and Above


20 to 25


20 and Less


Stand out on your college application

  • • Qualify for scholarships
  • • Most students who retest improve their score
Sponsored by ACT
Take the Next ACT Test

ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Spelman College is 23. Students with an ACT score of 25 and above have a good chance of getting into Spelman College. Students with an ACT score that falls between 20 and 25 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 20 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Spelman College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1060 - 1190


Math SAT Range

510 - 580


Reading SAT Range

540 - 620

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1190 and Above


1060 to 1190


1060 and Less


Boost your SAT score in just 10 minutes a day!

  • • 10-minute gamified, bite-sized lessons
  • • Personalized plan to keep you on track
  • • Bundles now include premium AI Admissions Calculator access
Sponsored by CollegeGo
Try it Now

SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Spelman College students is 1133. Applicants with SAT scores of 1190 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Spelman College, while applicants with SAT scores between 1060 to 1190 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1060 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Spelman College.

Spelman College GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Spelman College, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.65. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment


Campus Setting


Acceptance Rate


Tuition and Fees

In State




Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Feb 1
Do You Work at a University?

Claim your page to customize your profile and connect with students!

Claim Free Account
Scholarship Tips

Want to find money for school that doesn’t need to be paid back? Access insights and advice on how to search and apply for scholarships!

Find Scholarships
Need Advice or Have a Question About Spelman College?

Connect with the world's largest college forum for candid, authentic discussion.

Join the Conversation