Spelman College was founded as Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary by Sophia B. Packard and Harriet E. Giles.
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.
The Office of Research Resources is charged with assisting faculty, staff, and students in their efforts to promote and secure sponsored research funding, and oversees the following administrative units.
When a student walks onto campus at Spelman, the Career Planning and Development team is already working to prepare her for the road to life after Spelman. It helps connect majors to careers. In some cases, that road will lead to a competitive position in the global workplace, while for other students, the path will venture toward graduate or a professional school such as business, medical or law.
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The dean of students' office is ultimately responsible for working closely with a variety of agents, offices and departments, to create a vibrant community that enhances the quality of student life on campus.
From historic residence halls like Morehouse-James with its antebellum porches to the newer Suites that offer upper-class students an apartment-style environment, almost 1,400 women live on campus in one of Spelman’s 11 residence halls. First- and second-year students are required to live on campus for various reasons.
The Robert W. Woodruff Library at Atlanta University Center is the recipient of a 2016 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award. Sponsored by the American Library Association and the Years Before Present Library Services, the award recognizes the staff of a college, university, and community college library for programs that deliver exemplary services and resources to further the educational mission of the institution.
The Department of Student Health Services works to help each student achieve maximum physical health for full participation in the educational experiences offered by the College. The Department of Student Health Services is committed to providing the highest quality of health care and health education to Spelman College students.
Safety is indeed a big part of residence life, with Spelman’s public safety staff work to provide a safe and secure campus community.
“The professionals in public safety really do set the tone,” said Cummings, “and the staff communicate this commitment and expectation to our students.”
While freshman are assigned to halls at the discretion of the housing staff, rising sophomores can select where they want to live by entering the school’s lottery system.
"Embracing Wellness for the Health of It"
Our mission is to improve and enhance personal and community health by embracing wellness. “We strive to live rich, meaningful and energetic lives beyond the presence or absence of disease” (Insel and Roth, 2016). Wellness Center services are by appointment only.
In addition to the wide range of programs and activities that the Office of Student Life & Engagement sponsors, the staff also works closely with over 85 student organizations. These organizations cover a broad range of interests including professional, international, religious, academic honorary, sorority life and special interest clubs and organizations.
Spelman College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and we are proud members of the Atlanta University Center Consortium.
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