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Spelman College

Atlanta, GA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate28%

Spelman College Admissions

It is very difficult to get into Spelman College. The college admitted 28% of all applicants in 2022. Out of 13,649 applications received in 2023, 3,875 students were offered admission.

If you are thinking about applying to Spelman College, the deadline for Fall 2024 admissions is 2/1 and the fee for the application costs $40.

Students who submit their applications to Spelman College for the fall semester should receive an admissions decision no later than April 1.

Spelman College Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of Spelman College's admissions stats.

Spelman College 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.9
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 35%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional
Waitlist Yes

Spelman College Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Spelman College.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 1 December 31
Early Decision II
Early Action Yes November 1 December 31
Regular Decision Yes 2 1 April 1

Considering Applying Early to Spelman College?

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

🗓️ Early Decision I applications are due by November 1 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 31.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 1. 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 28%.

Spelman College accepts about 51% of early action applicants and 28% all applicants for all deadlines. Last year, Spelman College admitted 58 of the 200 students who applied early decision. In 2022, Spelman College admitted 2,629 of the 5,176 who applied early action.

Some students apply early to college to help their chances of getting in. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of admission, since it is a way to show your interest in a school.

➡️ Discover a list of some top colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Spelman College Admissions

Transferring to Spelman College

Transfer student admissions is very difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Spelman College

Spelman College has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Spelman College Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When assembling 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 stand out.

Admissions Factors at Spelman College

What does Spelman College consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Application Essay Very Important
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Class Rank Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Volunteer Work Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered

Make sure to check with Spelman College for more information on admission factors.

Spelman College 2022-2023 Application Requirements

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

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

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Spelman College?

Students admitted to Spelman College have an average unweighted GPA of 3.9.

Out of all students that were admitted, 33% submitted a class rank. At Spelman College 35% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 69% were in the top 25% and 94% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Spelman College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 36.63%
3.75 and 3.99 35.42%
3.50 and 3.74 18.92%
3.25 and 3.49 6.94%
3.00 and 3.24 1.74%
2.50 and 2.9 0.35%
2.00 and 2.49

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Spelman College directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

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.

More Information on 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

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer 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 • DSST/DANTES

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

✅ Spelman College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Spelman College?

✅ Spelman College is not test optional.

What is Spelman College's acceptance rate?

✅ Spelman College has an acceptance rate of 28%.

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 51% in 2021.

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Spelman College Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

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How hard is it to get into Spelman College? Spelman College is a very selective institution. The Spelman College acceptance rate is 28%. This means that the institution accepts 28 out of every 100 applicants.


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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

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Reading SAT Range

Not available

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 3.89. 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.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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