Institution Profile: Spelman College
Historically Black College and University (HBCU)
Enrollment: Approx. 2,100
Spelman College is a private, independent, and historically Black college for women, founded in April 1881. The college prepares women to change the world. The present college is a campus of 39 acres, dating back to 1883, five minutes west of downtown Atlanta with approximately 25 buildings.1 "The Suites" dormitory is the first construction on campus in the 21st century and the first campus building to implement features following a green building rating system, more specifically the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) rating system developed by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).
The institution has more than 2,100 students, an average of 12:1 faculty-to-student ratio and boasts a 79 percent graduation rate. Over 83 percent of the full-time faculty members hold a Ph.D. or other terminal degrees. The outstanding alumnae include Children's Defense Fund Founder Marian Wright Edelman, former U.S. Foreign Service Director General Ruth Davis, authors Tina McElroy Ansa and Pearl Cleage to name a few.2 For more information on the institution, visit http://www.spelman.edu.
1 Spelman College. "History in brief." Retrieved June 9, 2009.
2 Text Contribution: Mr. Arthur Frazier, Director of Facilities Management and Services, Spelman College.