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Mon, 04.11.1881

Spelman College is Founded

This date recalls the 1881 founding of Spelman College. They are one of over 100 historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) in America.

Spelman is a private institution for women only found in Atlanta, Georgia. They offer courses of study in liberal arts, arts, and sciences, fine arts, performing arts, computer science, engineering, and religious studies. Also at Spelman, a joint degree in engineering is offered in cooperation with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York; the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia; and Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts.

They have an Independent Major program that allows students to create their own course of study, under the supervision of two faculty advisors. Research facilities at Spelman include the International Affairs Center, founded to "broaden and deepen" students’ understanding of global issues; and the Women’s Research and Resource Center, which focuses on women’s studies, community outreach, and research.

Named after its principal founder Laura Spelman Rockefeller, the Spelman experience extends beyond intellectual development and professional career preparation of students. They develop the whole person. The College provides an academic and social environment that enables women to be self-confident as well as culturally and spiritually enriched.

Black American Colleges and Universities:
Profiles of Two-Year, Four-Year, & Professional Schools
by Levirn Hill, Pub., Gale Group, 1994
ISBN: 0-02-864984-2


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