Spelman College

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2016 Undergraduate Tuition

$23,626

3.5% growth from 2015

2016 Average Net Price

$32,399

After Financial Aid

2015 Student Loan

5.02%

Default Rate

2016 Acceptance Rate

35.7%

7,864 Applicants

2016 Enrolled Students

2,125

97% Full-Time

2016 Graduation Rate

77.2%

414 Graduates

About

Spelman College is a higher education institution located in Fulton County, GA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Spelman College were General Psychology (94 degrees awarded), General Biological Sciences (53 degrees), and General Economics (49 degrees).

In 2016, 463 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Spelman College. 100% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 0% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were black or african american (417 degrees), 29.8 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, two or more races (14 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Spelman College is $23,626, which is $-789 less than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($24,415).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Spelman College is $23,626, which is $-789 less than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($24,415).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $32,399.

In 2016, 62% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 83% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$23,626

2016 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2016, the cost of tuition at Spelman College was $23,626. The cost of tuition at Spelman College is $-789 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($24,415).

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Average Net Price

$32,399

2016 Value

1.29%

1 Year Growth

In 2016 Spelman College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $32,399. Between 2015 and 2016, the average net price of Spelman College grew by 1.29%.

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Other Student Expenses

$12,363

Room and Board

$2,000

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Spelman College was of $12,363 in 2016. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $2,000. The cost of room and board increased by 3.5% between 2015 and 2016. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

62%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

83%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

62% of undergraduate students at Spelman College received grants or loans in 2016. This represents a decline of 21.5% with respect to 2015, when 79% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.

5.02%

2015 Default Rate

28

Number of Defaults

In 2015 the default rate for borrower's at Spelman College was 5.02%, which represents 28 out of the 558 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Spelman College received 7,864 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 55.7% annual growth. Out of those 7,864 applicants, 2,810 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 35.7% acceptance rate.

There were 2,125 students enrolled at Spelman College in 2016, and 64% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Spelman College has an overall enrollment yield of 19%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

35.7%

Acceptance Rate in 2016

2,810

Accepted Out of 7,864

In 2016, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Spelman College was 35.7% (2,810 admissions from 7,864 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2015, which was 48.3%. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of applicants grew by 55.7%, while admissions grew by 15.1%.

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SAT Scores

64%

Submission Percentage

339

Scores Submitted

64% of enrolled first-time students at Spelman College in 2016 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Spelman College has a total enrollment of 2,125 students. The full-time enrollment at Spelman College is 2,061 students and the part-time enrollment is 64. This means that 97% of students enrolled at Spelman College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Spelman College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 96.4% Black or African American, 1.27% Two or More Races, 1.13% American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.188% Hispanic or Latino, 0.0941% Asian, 0.0471% White, and 0% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Spelman College in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority Black or African American Female (96.5%), followed by Two or More Races Female (1.26%) and American Indian or Alaska Native Female (1.16%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority N/A, followed by N/A and N/A.

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

97%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Spelman College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 2,125 students. The full-time enrollment at Spelman College is 2,061 and the part-time enrollment is 64. This means that 97% of students enrolled at Spelman College are enrolled full-time compared with 81% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

91%

2016 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Spelman College was 91%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Baccalaureate Colleges (74%), Spelman College had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. Black or African American

    2,049

  2. Two or More Races

    27

  3. American Indian or Alaska Native

    24

The enrolled student population at Spelman College is 96.4% Black or African American, 1.27% Two or More Races, 1.13% American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.188% Hispanic or Latino, 0.0941% Asian, 0.0471% White, and 0% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Baccalaureate Colleges is 55.6% White, 14% Black or African American, and 12.4% Hispanic or Latino.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 0 students (0%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2016, 463 more women than men received degrees from Spelman College. The majority of degree recipients at Spelman College are black or african american (417 degrees awarded). There were 29.8 times more black or african american graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, two or more races (14 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Spelman College is General Psychology (94 degrees awarded), followed by General Biological Sciences (53 degrees) and General Economics (49 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Spelman College, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Cultural & Gender Studies (29 degrees awarded), Social Sciences (143 degrees), and Psychology (94 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Spelman College are Physicians & surgeons (464,700 people), Miscellaneous managers (453,177 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (419,671 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (417,999 people), and Postsecondary teachers (321,803 people).

The most specialized majors at Spelman College are Cultural & Gender Studies (29 degrees awarded), Social Sciences (143 degrees), Psychology (94 degrees), English (33 degrees), and Biology (58 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Spelman College are Chief executives & legislators, Physicians & surgeons, Sales engineers, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, and Dentists

The most specialized majors at Spelman College are Cultural & Gender Studies (29 degrees awarded), Social Sciences (143 degrees), Psychology (94 degrees), English (33 degrees), and Biology (58 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Spelman College are Elementary & secondary schools (846,312 people), Hospitals (739,982 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (674,175 people), Legal services (345,224 people), and Justice, public order, & safety activities (256,299 people).

The most specialized majors at Spelman College are Cultural & Gender Studies (29 degrees awarded), Social Sciences (143 degrees), Psychology (94 degrees), English (33 degrees), and Biology (58 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Spelman College.

Most Common

  1. 94 degrees awarded

  2. 53 degrees awarded

  3. 49 degrees awarded

In 2016, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Spelman College was General Psychology with 94 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 0

  2. 463

In 2016, 0 degrees were awarded to men at Spelman College, which is 0 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (463).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2016, 0 degrees were awarded to men at Spelman College in French Language & Literature, which is N/A times approximately the same the 0 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2016, 94 degrees were awarded to women at Spelman College in General Psychology, which is N/A times more than the 0 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

67%

100% Completion Time

74%

150% Completion Time

In 2016, 67% of students graduating from Spelman College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 74% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 76% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.

Hispanic or Latino Female

Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Spelman College is Female and Hispanic or Latino (100% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (67.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 16.2% of graduates (67 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. Black or African American

    417 degrees awarded

  2. Two or More Races

    14 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    5 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Spelman College is black or african american (417 degrees awarded). There were 29.8 times more black or african american recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, two or more races (14 degrees).

1.08% of degree recipients (5 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. Black or African American Female

    417 degrees awarded

  2. Two or More Races Female

    14 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino Female

    2 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Spelman College is black or african american female (417 degrees awarded). There were 29.8 times more black or african american female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, two or more races female (14 degrees).

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Operations

Spelman College has an endowment valued at nearly $363M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $17.2M (4.74%), compared to the 2.13% average return ($717k on $33.6M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2015, Spelman College had a total expenditure of $89.7M. Of that $89.7M, they spent $37.9M on salaries and $89.7M on benefits.

Spelman College employs 58 Associate professors, 46 Assistant professors, and 25 Professors. Most academics at Spelman College are Female Associate professors (40), Female Assistant professors(32), and Female Lecturers (19).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Spelman College are: Office and Administrative Support, with 113 employees, Service, with 66 employees, and Management with 54 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$363M

2015 Endowment

1.1%

decline from 2014

Spelman College has an endowment valued at about $363M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The endowment of Spelman College declined 1.1% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $329M higher than than the median endowment of Baccalaureate Colleges according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts

  1. $6.45M - Federal

  2. $0 - State

  3. $27.1k - Local

As of 2015, Spelman College received $6.45M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $0 from state grants and contracts, and $27.1k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Primary Expenses

Expenditure values can vary depending on whether the institution is public or private, and are not available for private-for-profit schools.

$37.9M

Salary Expenditure

$89.7M

Benefits Expenditure

In 2015, Spelman College had a total expenditure of $89.7M. Of that $89.7M, they spent $37.9M on salaries and $89.7M on benefits.

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Expenditure by Category

This tree map shows all of the primary expenses of Research at Spelman College as a share of total expenditure.

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Salary Expenditure

$37.9M

2015 Salaries

2.88%

growth from 2014

In 2015, Spelman College paid a median of $37.9M in salaries, which represents 42.3% of their overall expenditure ($89.7M) and a 2.88% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 1.74% decline from 2013 and a 2.44% growth from 2012.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 13.3M (38.4% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$12.4M

Instructional Salaries

180

Number of Employees

In 2015, Spelman College paid a total of $12.4M to 180 employees working as instructors, which represents 32.8% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $4.52M (34%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Associate professor

Most Common Instructor

58 Employees

Office and Administrative Support

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

113 Employees

In 2016, the most common positions for instructional staff at Spelman College were Associate professor with 58 employees; Assistant professor with 46 employees; and Assistant professor with 25 employees.

In 2016, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Spelman College were Office and Administrative Support with 113 employees; Service with 66 employees; and Management with 54 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Female Associate professor

  2. Female Assistant professor

  3. Female Lecturer

In 2016, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Spelman College was Female Associate professor with 40 employees, Female Assistant professor with 32 employees, and Female Lecturer with 19 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at Spelman College.

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