Clark Atlanta is a private university formed from the 1988 merger of historically black institutions Clark College (founded in 1869) and Atlanta University (founded in 1865). Programs are offered through the Schools of Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Education, International Affairs and Development, Library and Information Science, and Social Work. The 113-acre campus is located one mile west of downtown Atlanta.

Website: www.cau.edu/

Private
Co-ed
3,302
Undergraduate
Students
(72.5%) 2,393 Women
(27.5%) 909 Men
690
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
58% of 13,940 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
April 1

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.24
SAT Math
489 average
440-530 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
509 average
470-540 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
20 average
17-22 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$31,710
Tuition and Fees
$22,186
Room and Board
$9,524
Average Percent of Need Met
48%
Average Freshman Award
$7,742
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$40,393
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
179
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 16% of classes
10-19 students: 16% of classes
20-29 students: 29% of classes
30-39 students: 17% of classes
40-49 students: 14% of classes
50-99 students: 7% of classes
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Campus Life

Atlanta Population
443,775
Nearest Metropolitan Area
 
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are given priority consideration for housing
Students in College Housing
64% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division II
Mascot
Panther
Sororities
12% of women participate
Fraternities
3% of men participate
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
0.1% Asian
90.5% Black/African-American
0.1% Hispanic/Latino
0.0% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
0.1% White
9.1% Unknown
International Students
5.9% from 10 countries
First-Year Students Returning
70.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
26.2%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Moderately Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 4  
Mathematics 3  
Science 3  
Foreign Language 2  
Social Studies 3  
History    
Academic Electives 3  

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required May 1
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only  
SAT Essay Component Policy Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy Not reported

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
223 James P. Brawley Drive, SW
City, State, Zip
Atlanta, GA 30314
Phone
(404) 880-6605
Fax
(404) 880-6174
E-mail
cauadmissions@cau.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
April 1
Application Fee
$35
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling
Accept Offer of Admission
Not reported
Waiting List Used
No
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
 
Early Decision Notification
 
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
November 1
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
2 required for all freshmen
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
58% of 13,940 applicants were admitted
Women
58% of 10,548 applicants were admitted
Men
57% of 3,392 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
1,106 (14%) of 8,075 admitted students enrolled
Women
840 (14%) of 6,156 admitted students enrolled
Men
266 (14%) of 1,919 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
 
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
 
Students Accepting Wait List Position
 
Students Admitted From Wait List
 

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.24
3.75 and Above
13%
3.50 - 3.74
13%
3.25 - 3.49
17%
3.00 - 3.24
22%
2.50 - 2.99
31%
2.00 - 2.49
4%

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
489 average
440-530 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
0%
Score of 600 - 700
3%
Score of 500 - 600
46%
Score of 400 - 500
45%
Score of 300 - 400
6%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
509 average
470-540 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
0%
Score of 600 - 700
7%
Score of 500 - 600
51%
Score of 400 - 500
41%
Score of 300 - 400
1%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
20 average
17-22 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
0%
Score of 24 - 29
15%
Score of 18 - 23
61%
Score of 12 - 17
24%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 12%
Top quarter: 28%
Top half: 70%
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$31,710
Tuition and Fees
$22,186
Room and Board
$9,524
Books and Supplies
Not reported
Other Expenses
Not reported
Payment Plans
Installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
studentfinancialaid@cau.edu
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline April 1
Award Notification
On a rolling basis beginning February 15
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 001559
Free
State Aid Form  

Profile of 2017 - 18 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
940 (95.2%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
906 (96.4%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
901 (99.4%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
445 (49.4%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
48%
Average Award
$7,742
Need-Based Gift
Received by 832 (92.3%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,987
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 864 (95.9%) of aid recipients, average amount $2,230
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 149 (16.5%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
Not reported

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
2,780 (93.1%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
2,638 (94.9%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
2,622 (99.4%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
1,261 (48.1%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
45%
Average Award
$7,324
Need-Based Gift
Received by 2,378 (90.7%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,425
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 2,503 (95.5%) of aid recipients, average amount $2,446
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 405 (15.4%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
Not reported

Borrowing

2016 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
91%
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$40,393
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
 

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Music
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Leadership
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$1,740
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Accounting
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • Chemistry, General
  • Computer Science
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Education, General
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Fashion/Apparel Design
  • French Language and Literature
  • History, General
  • Mathematics, General
  • Music, General
  • Philosophy
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, Other
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Rhetoric and Composition
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Theatre Literature, History and Criticism
Most Popular Disciplines
Business/marketing, Communication/journalism, Psychology
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
Engineering
Special Programs
Accelerated program, Cooperative work study program, Double major, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
No online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
179
Part-Time Faculty
102
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
42%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 16% of classes
10-19 students: 16% of classes
20-29 students: 29% of classes
30-39 students: 17% of classes
40-49 students: 14% of classes
50-99 students: 7% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 40% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 40% of discussion sections/labs
30-39 students: 10% of discussion sections/labs
40-49 students: 10% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
 
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
741
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Science, Master of Social Work, Master of Business Administration, Master of Arts

Master's Programs of Study

  • Accounting
  • African-American Studies
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Counselor Education
  • Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Economics
  • Education--General
  • Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Educational Psychology
  • English
  • History
  • Information Science
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics Education
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Romance Languages
  • Science Education
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Special Education
  • Women's Studies

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Education

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • African-American Studies
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Chemistry
  • Education--General
  • Educational Leadership and Administration
  • English
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Romance Languages
  • Social Work
  • Women's Studies

Location and Setting


Atlanta Population
443,775
Nearest Metropolitan Area
 
Campus Size
126 acres

Weather

Temperature
31.5 average low in January, 85.8 average high in September
Rain
116 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
2 mile(s) from campus in Atlanta
Nearest Train Station
3 mile(s) from campus in Atlanta

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Men only housing, women only housing, coed housing
Students in College Housing
64% of all students
Housing Requirements
Freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are given priority consideration for housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
38%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
Assistance in locating off-campus housing is available

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Not offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division II
Mascot
Panther
School Colors
Black, red, and gray

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x x
Basketball x x x x
Cross-Country Running x x x x
Football     x x
Softball x x    
Tennis x x    
Track And Field x x x x
Volleyball x x    
Women's Sports
Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x x
Cross-Country Running x x
Football    
Softball x x
Tennis x x
Track And Field x x
Volleyball x x
Mens's Sports
Offered Scholarships
Baseball x x
Basketball x x
Cross-Country Running x x
Football x x
Softball    
Tennis    
Track And Field x x
Volleyball    
Women's Club Sports
 
Men's Club Sports
 

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
basketball, football, softball, tennis, track and field, volleyball

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, national fraternities, national sororities, spirit boosters, pre-alumni council, campus activities board, orientation guides, national association for the advancement of colored people
Sororities
12% of women participate
Fraternities
3% of men participate
ROTC
Army ROTC is offered off campus, Navy ROTC is offered off campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
3,302
Women
2,393 (72.5%)
Men
909 (27.5%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
3,187
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
0.1% Asian
90.5% Black/African-American
0.1% Hispanic/Latino
0.0% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
0.1% White
9.1% Unknown
International Students.
5.9% from 10 countries
Average Age
20
All Graduate Students
690

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
70.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
26.2%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
38.2%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
40.0%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Average Starting Salary
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
Disciplines Pursued
Business 4%
Engineering 1%
Law 1%
Arts and Sciences 18%
Medicine 1%
Education 1%

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