image ofSpelman College: Angelina Jolie's Daughter Zahara Finds a Home In An All-Black School

Spelman College: Angelina Jolie’s Daughter Zahara Finds a Home In An All-Black School


Angelina Jolie beams with pride as she shareddetails about her daughter Zahara attending Spelman College this fall on her Instagram. As the most organized person in her family, Spelman has the perfect environment for the 17-year-old to thrive. Her proud mom writes, “Zahara with her Spelman sisters. Congratulations to all new students starting this year.” She added that Spelman College is a very special place and it is such an honor to have a family member as a Spelman girl. 

Jolie ended her message with the #HBCU, about Spelman’s legacy as a historically black college. Zahara is the eldest daughter of former power couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. She shares the star-studded spotlight with her siblings, Maddox (20), Pax (18), Shiloh (16), and twins Vivienne and Knox (14). 

Curious as to why Spelman is the perfect choice for the Hollywood superstar’s daughter? Let’s go over these most frequently asked questions to find out!

Is Spelman College Only for Black? 

According to, the student population enrolled at this college is 98.5% African American, 0.816% American Indian, 0.0906 Two or More Races, 0.0906% White, 0.0453% Asian, 0% Native Hawaiian, or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0% Hispanic or Latino. 

The data includes students (both part-time and full-time), graduates, and undergraduates. On the other hand, enrollment for Baccalaureate Colleges reflects 54.8% White, 13.8% African American, and 13.4% Hispanic or Latino. 

Is Spelman College An All-Girl School? 

This historically Black college is known for being a global leader in educating women of African descent. It requires nothing less than academic excellence in the field of liberal arts and sciences. It is also focused on the creative, intellectual, ethical, and leadership development of the students. Spelman empowers its students to engage the diverse cultures of the world and is committed to achieving positive social change. 

In the fall of 2020, its total undergraduate enrollment was 2,207, all of which were 100% female students.

What GPA Do You Need to Get in Spelman? 

According to, you need a GPA of 3.76 to be admitted. This means you need to be above average in high school. It should be a mix of A’s and B’s, with A’s being the majority. Lower GPAs can be compensated with more difficult classes, like AP or IB classes. This is to prove that you are capable of handling harder academics compared to the average high school student. 

If you are presently in your junior or senior year, your GPA will be harder to change to make it in time for your college applications. For instance, if your GPA is at, or below the school average of 3.76, you need to compensate by having higher SAT or ACT scores. You need to do this if you want to become competitive against other applicants with higher GPAs than you. 

Why is Spelman Named After a White Woman?

The Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, and the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial were named in honor of Mrs. Laura Spelman Rockefeller and her parents Harvey Buel and Lucy Henry Spelman. They were longtime activists in the anti-slavery movement. 

Laura Celestia “Cettie” Spelman Rocketfeller was born on September 9, 1839 and died on March 12, 1915. She was an American philanthropist, abolitionist, and school teacher, as well as a distinguished member of the Rockefeller family. She was married to John D. Rockefeller who was the co-founder of Standard Oil. 

How Much Does It Cost to Enter Spelman College? 

For the school year 2022-2023 the tuition and fees are as follows: 

For the first semester, on-campus students will need a total of $22,275.50. Of this, $12,940.00 goes to tuition, $1,502.50 for student fees, and the $7,833.00 left is for room and board. Off-campus students have the same amount for tuition and student fees, minus the room and board. This brings the total down to $14,442.50. The same amount goes for the second semester. 

Why Would You Want to Study at Spelman in the First Place? 

First of all, the school has been recognized to be among the top 100 national liberal arts colleges. And for a 10th straight year, it is the No. 1 historically Black college and university in the country according to U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges” rankings in 2017. 

Spelman has an acceptance rate of 41%, making it among the most selective women’s colleges in the country. It also educates a higher number of Gates Millennium Scholars compared to any other college or university in the nation. Spelman is also recognized annually as one of the leading producers of Fulbright Fellowship winners.

Furthermore, it has been recognized as the leading producer of Black women who proceed to earning doctorates in the sciences, according to the National Science Foundation. 

There are plenty of other reasons to choose Spelman College. But for some, knowing that it is Maleficent’s top pick is more than enough (wink, wink). 


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