Spelman College: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

Spelman College

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Spelman College is a historically black women's college with an acceptance rate of 39%. Located near downtown Atlanta, Spelman shares resources with the Atlanta University Center, a consortium of HBCUs including Clark Atlanta UniversityMorehouse College, and Morehouse School of Medicine. Spelman has a strong liberal arts focus and an 11-to-1 student/faculty ratio.

Considering applying to Spelman College? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Spelman College had an acceptance rate of 39%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 39 students were admitted, making Spelman's admissions process competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 9,451
Percent Admitted 39%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 15%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Spelman College requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 70% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 560 630
Math 520 590
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of Spelman's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Spelman scored between 560 and 630, while 25% scored below 560 and 25% scored above 630. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 520 and 590, while 25% scored below 520 and 25% scored above 590. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1220 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Spelman College.

Requirements

Spelman does not require the SAT writing section. Note that Spelman participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates.

ACT Scores or Requirements

Spelman College requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 55% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Scores and Requirements
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 21 27
Math 20 25
Composite 22 26

This admissions data tells us that most of Spelman's admitted students fall within the top 37% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Spelman received a composite ACT score between 22 and 26, while 25% scored above 26 and 25% scored below 22.

Requirements

Spelman does not require the ACT writing section. Note that Spelman does not provide information regarding their ACT superscore policy.

GPA

In 2018, the average high school GPA of Spelman's incoming freshman class was 3.73. This data suggests that most successful applicants to Spelman College have primarily A grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Spelman College Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Spelman College Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Spelman College. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account..

Admissions Chances

Spelman College, which accepts fewer than 40% of applicants, has selective admissions. However, Spelman has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond your grades and test scores. A strong application essay and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. Note that Spelman College has an Early Decision application program for students who are sure the college is their first choice school. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their test scores are outside Spelman's average range.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that most successful applicants had averages in the "B" range or higher, SAT scores of about 1000 or higher (ERW+M), and ACT composite scores of 20 or higher.

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