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223 James P Brawley Drive, S.W.
Atlanta, GA 30314-4391
p. 404-880-8000
w. www.cau.edu

Clark Atlanta University

Clark Atlanta University Rating: 3.8/5 (59 votes)

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Clark Atlanta University is a private institution that was formed in 1988 with the merging of Atlanta University, solely a graduate school, and Clark University, an undergraduate liberal arts school. Today, undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees, as well as certificate programs are offered. The co-ed institution sits on 126 acres in the heart of Atlanta.

The largest member of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) and the largest institution in the Atlanta University Center, CAU has maintained itself as a historically black university. In the friendly, urban community of Atlanta, students will not find themselves short of culture or heritage.


The institution is made up of four separate schools, the School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Education and School of Social Work. Thirty-eight different areas of study are offered, the most popular among undergrads being biological and biomedical sciences; business, management, and marketing; communication and journalism; psychology; and visual and performing arts.


Carnegie has classified this as a Doctoral/Research University (DRU) and is one out of only four historically black colleges to have this honor. Not only is research conducted in the fields of science, cancer, and technology, but humanities also play a role in scholarly research. Students here are able to complete graduate degrees and work alongside faculty members solving problems and researching issues.

Centers of Excellence

The school houses five centers of excellence: the School of Business Administration, Center for Computational Intelligence, Center for Excellence in Mass Media Arts, Center for Urban Educational Excellence, and the Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development. Students here participate in programs to become the future leaders in their fields by participating in Think Tanks, doing some research, and being part of teams that will advance academics.

Study Abroad

Students have many opportunities to study abroad since the institution is a member of several consortia including the University Center of Georgia, DIS, CIEE, CCIS, and IES. This means students are able to apply to programs outside of the university, usually at no additional cost, giving students access to programs all over the world. The school also sponsors a special mass media arts program that takes place in Jamaica during the summer. Incoming freshman that meet the requirements, may also take place in a summer study abroad program the summer prior to beginning their first semester.

Most Popular Fields of Study


There are two application deadlines: one for fall admission, and one for spring. In-state, out-of-state and international students all follow the same admission deadlines and an application fee is required for all applicants. The school accepts either the SAT or ACT for admission. The TOEFL test cannot be used in exchange of the SAT or ACT, but is required for international students, unless they attended a school where their classes were taught in English.

Although admission interviews are not required, in an attempt to gain a better insight of the prospective student, letters from the student’s high school counselor and one of the student’s teachers are required. Applicants can choose from two topics to write their 500-word essay on, another requirement for admission. Transfer students can be admitted at any semester during the year but must have completed a minimum of 12 credits and hold a GPA of at least 2.5.

Financial Aid

Nearly all undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid here. Be ready to send information for financial aid earlier in the year. In an attempt to provide easy access for applicants, the entire financial aid process can be done online. The school also uses its online student portal to communicate information, such as how much aid will be awarded, as soon as a month after application deadlines. Students that fill out their FAFSA application are also able to apply for scholarships. Academic achievement and a high SAT or ACT score are the major factors in eligibility for scholarships.

Student Financial Aid Details

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The school consists of a predominantly African American student body. Many out-of-state students attend, but very few internationally. The average freshman retention rate is 69.5 percent, showing that the majority of freshmen are satisfied with their experience at the university. This may be due in a large part to the students’ high involvement on campus and a dominant Greek system.

The school has over 80 organizations and special interest clubs on campus, including four fraternities and four sororities. Almost all students are members of either a fraternity or sorority. All students with less than 58 credit hours are required to live on campus. The university feels this on-campus housing requirement benefits the students’ future at the university. After 58 credit hours are obtained, many students live off campus and about half of students have a car on campus. Although not always mandatory, it is common at many universities for freshman and sophomores to use school housing and then move off campus later on in their studies.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


The Panthers are part of the NCAA II athletic conference. Their colors are red and black. They also have SIAC varsity teams in baseball, men and women’s basketball, cheerleading, cross country, track and field, football, softball, tennis and volleyball. As with the campus organizations, students are highly encouraged to participate in university athletics. In the summer, football coaches and players participate in a skills camp for the youth. This camp is just one of the many ways the university and athletics department reaches out to the community.


The Office of Alumni Relations and Development serves as the direct liaison between the school and its 30,000 alumni. Not unlike most universities, they also have an Alumni Association for which events are held throughout the year.

Additional School Information

The university is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and makes reference to religious standards in its code of conduct. In hopes of cultivating a sense of communal pride, students take a pledge committing themselves to the university’s standards.

Information Summary

Ranks 41st in Georgia and 1324th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Georgia and 571st overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.03
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.03
Robbery 10 0.26
Arson 1 0.03
Burglary 58 1.51
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 5 0.13
Arrest 15 0.39

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 3,518 0.83
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 88 0.02
Forcible Rape 148 0.03
Robbery 2,343 0.55
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 7,499 1.76
Larceny 17,274 4.06
Vehicle theft 5,371 1.26

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Atlanta, GA 30314-4391
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population27,181 (27,181 urban / N/A rural)
Households9,385 (2.47 people per house)
Median Household Income$19,438
Families5,132 (3.25 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Doctoral/Research Universities
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduateComprehensive doctoral (no medical/veterinary)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationUnited Methodist
Congressional District1305

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 912th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $19,488 $19,488 $19,488
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,612 $1,612 $1,612
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $812 $812 $812
FT Graduate Tuition $14,616 $14,616 $14,616
FT Graduate Required Fees $706 $706 $706
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $812 $812 $812
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $35,471 $35,471 $35,471
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $23,100 $23,100 $23,100
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $23,100 $23,100 $23,100

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $18,912 $19,830 $18,912 $19,830 $18,912 $19,830
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $2,200 $2,000
On-Campus – Room & Board $9,285 $8,906
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,465(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board N/A(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$35
Graduate Application Fee$40
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 5,873 (1,521 male / 4,352 female)
Admitted 3,336 (777 male / 2,559 female)
Admission rate 57%
First-time Enrollment 781 (199 male / 582 female)
FT Enrollment 767 (197 male / 570 female)
PT Enrollment 14 (2 male / 12 female)
Total Enrollment3,458

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conf
NCAA Basketball Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conf
NCAA Baseball Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conf
NCAA Track & Field Conference Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference

ACT Test Admission

1252nd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 50%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 21

SAT Test Admission

1280th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 60%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 390 / 470
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 380 / 470
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 770 / 940

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity2,448
Meals per Week21
Room Fee$5,322
Board Fee$3,634

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 10 610 4 1 4 35 664
Accounting 1 30 1 32
African-American/Black Studies 6 6
Art/Art Studies, General 5 1 6
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 31 2 33
Business Administration and Management, General 3 105 2 1 7 118
Business/Managerial Economics 1 3 4
Chemistry, General 1 1 2
Chemistry, Other
Computer Science 1 5 2 8
Computer and Information Sciences, General 1 14 1 16
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 4 4
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 36 1 2 39
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 8 1 9
Education, General
Education, Other 6 6
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 3 3
English Language and Literature, General 9 1 10
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other
Fashion/Apparel Design 29 29
French Language and Literature
History, General 6 6
Mathematics, General 5 5
Music, General 4 4
Physics, General 1 1 2
Political Science and Government, General 1 13 4 18
Psychology, General 56 3 59
Public Administration 9 9
Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, Other 105 7 112
Religion/Religious Studies
Rhetoric and Composition 7 7
Secondary Education and Teaching 2 2
Social Work 96 1 3 100
Sociology 4 1 5
Spanish Language and Literature 1 1
Special Education and Teaching, General 1 1 2
Theatre Literature, History and Criticism 7 7

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2170th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $61,105 ($64,145 male / $50,134 female)
Number of FT Faculty 173 (103 male / 70 female)
Number of PT Faculty 293
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $3,758,177

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