Freshman Retention Rate: 88%
Founded in 1881 as the Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary, Spelman College is the oldest historically Black college for women in America. Located just five minutes outside of downtown Atlanta, Spelman is part of the Atlanta University Center, the largest consortium of historically Black institutions of higher learning in the world. Freshmen admitted into the college are required to live on campus during their first year. There are more than 60 student organizations, including Greek life, which constitutes the largest group of students on campus. Known as the Jaguars, Spelman is a member of the Great South Athletic Conference in the NCAA Division III, and it hosts seven varsity sports teams.