Admissions: Applying to Spelman: First-Time Student Applicants

Spelman College Class of 2019

First-Time Student Applicant

Important Dates

Early Decision
Early Notification
Regular Decision

November 1
November 15
February 1

December 15
December 31
April 1

January 31
May 1
May 1

Admissions Deadlines ExtensionsDeadline Extension for Those Impacted by Recent Hurricanes

The Office of Admissions has extended the early admission application deadlines to accommodate those living in areas impacted by recent hurricanes. Your complete application must be submitted to the Office of Admissions by the following deadlines:

Early Decision – November 15
Early Notification – December 1

The following territories qualify for the extended deadline: Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, , Southern Georgia, Texas, US Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, Bahamas, Puerto Rico

The Spelman College Office of Admissions extends our thoughts and well wishes to the thousands of students, educators, alumnae and friends affected by the recent hurricanes. We understand that the time of rebuilding and restoration will be extensive and as you begin to consider your options, please know that our counseling team is available to provide guidance and support. We certainly understand that there is much to consider and it is our goal to provide students and families with the support needed to complete the admissions process. Should you have any questions, please contact our office at 404-270-5193 or 800-982-2411.

Who is Considered a First-Time Student Applicant?

Any applicant who has never attended college as a full-time, degree-seeking student is considered a new first-time student. New first-time applicants must show proof of graduation from high school, or the equivalent, prior to enrollment at Spelman College. The application is complete when all credentials including the Common Application, essay, two letters of recommendations, official SAT or ACT scores, $35 application fee and official transcripts are received by the Office of Admissions. It is preferred that all required documents be submitted electronically. New first-time applicants may apply under one of the following plans.  

Early Decision

  • This plan is binding and therefore best suited for the applicant who has decided early in the college search process that Spelman College is clearly her first choice.
  • All required application materials must be submitted by November 1st, otherwise the application will be moved to regular decision status.
  • The applicant agrees not to be an early decision candidate at any other college.
  • If accepted by Spelman College, the applicant will withdraw her application from all other colleges and universities.
  • Applicants seeking financial assistance will not be required to withdraw other applications, but must submit the enrollment fee deposit within two weeks of receiving a financial aid award letter from Spelman College.
  • Applicants not admitted under this plan may be considered under the regular decision plan.

Early Notification

  • This plan is non-binding. If admitted, these applicants are not required to withdraw applications at other institutions.
  • All required application materials must be submitted by November 15, otherwise the application will be moved to regular decision status.
  • Applicants not admitted under this plan may be considered under the regular decision plan.

Regular Decision

  • All required application materials must be submitted by February 1.
  • Applications received after the deadline are considered on a space-available basis.
  • Admission decisions will be mailed by April 1st to all applicants who submitted all required documents by February 1.

Honors Program Admission

Students who qualify for the Honors Program with a minimum 3.5 GPA and one of the following test scores will be invited to apply:

  • SAT 1 score of 1230 on the critical reading and math sections
  • 1300 SAT R
  • 27 ACT

Those who are invited will be required to submit an additional essay. The topic of the required essay will be provided in the invitation.

Home-schooled Applicants

Home-schooled students are required to take the SAT II subject tests in addition to the SAT I or ACT. If the student has spent any time in high school or college a transcript is required, regardless of how much time the applicant spent in school.

You can apply using the Common Application at

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