is a four-year liberal-arts college for women in Atlanta, Georgia. Founded in 1881, the historically black institution began as the
Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary
. Spelman enrolls about 2,100 students. The college is part of the Atlanta University Center academic consortium of
historically black colleges and universities in Atlanta.Spelman has amassed an endowment fund of over $215 million and has been ranked in the top 75 of the nation's liberal arts
colleges (currently the school is at 66) in U.S.
News and World Report. Bill Cosby is one of the school's highest-profile
donors. For its prestige and importance in higher education, Spelman has been described as the Radcliffe College of historically black colleges.Spelman's mascot is the Jaguars. The sports teams, including basketball, golf, cross-country, soccer, tennis, and volleyball compete in NCAA Division III athletics.