Clark Atlanta University

Clark Atlanta University

Clark Atlanta University, also known as CAU, is a private university in Atlanta, Georgia. Founded in 1988 with the consolidation of Clark College and Atlanta University, the university offers undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral degrees as well as certificate programs. CAU was ranked on the Washington Monthly (2008 edition) list of "Best Colleges and Universities". The main campus of Clark Atlanta consists of more than 35 buildings, spread across more than 125 acres. CAU is organized into the following academic schools:

  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Business Administration
  • School of Education
  • School of Social Work

Clark Atlanta is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division II and the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC). The sports teams are nicknamed the Black Panthers.

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Contacting Clark Atlanta University

Clark Atlanta University
223 James P Brawley Drive, S.W.
Atlanta , GA 30314-4391
General Phone: (404) 880-8000

Clark Atlanta University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management179business management, accounting, managerial economics
Media124media and digital communications
Family and Social Work94public administration, social work
Liberal Arts85African-American studies, minority and gender studies, French language, Spanish language, English, speech and rhetoric, international relations, political science, sociology, ...
Therapy and Counseling70psychology, counseling psychology, community health services
Education and Teaching63education, educational administration, special ed, school counseling, middle school teaching, secondary teaching, early childhood education, education courses
Science49biology, chemistry, physics
Security and Law Enforcement39criminal justice and safety
Computer Science and Engineering21computer and info science, computer science
Design21fashion design
Drama and Performing Arts6theater history and criticism
Religion and Philosophy2philosophy, religion
Art Studies2art studies
Medicine2health professions

Number of programs and degrees for Clark Atlanta University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Master's degree17527
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship3610
Bachelor's degree57331
Post-master's certificate11

Clark Atlanta University Student Body

Clark Atlanta University is a historically black college.

In 2007-2008, Clark Atlanta University had a total enrollment of 4,271 students (4,103 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 23%
Women 77%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 84%
Graduate 16%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
Unknown 88%
(Foreign Students) 12%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 3%
18-19 39%
20-21 24%
22-24 16%
25-29 8%
30-34 4%
35-39 2%
40-49 2%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York8%
New Jersey5%
North Carolina2%
South Carolina1%
Washington, DC1%
(International Students)1%

Clark Atlanta University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 67 %
Part-Time 43 %

Clark Atlanta University Room and Board (2007)

Clark Atlanta University offers campus housing for 1,394 of its 4,103 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Atlanta, Georgia for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Georgia Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 21 meals per week.

Clark Atlanta University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal420490
SAT Math410480
ACT Composite1820

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT65%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT35%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Clark Atlanta University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 17,038
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 17,038
Room and board $ 7,192
Room charge $ 4,042
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,150
Books and supplies $ 2,200
Other expenses $ 2,952

Financial Aid:
Clark Atlanta University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 155900)

Clark Atlanta University Faculty

Clark Atlanta University has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track1519
Non-tenured and not on tenure track4235

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Associate professorcalendar year3$50,2183$52,799
Assistant professorcalendar year1*1*
Lecturercalendar year1*0*
All faculty totalcalendar year5$53,1484$50,504

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year39$72,0987$62,067
Associate professoracademic year46$53,17120$54,291
Assistant professoracademic year31$52,52724$45,484
Instructoracademic year18$35,68623$36,021
Lectureracademic year7$45,5325$37,136
All faculty totalacademic year141$55,65379$45,900

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Clark Atlanta University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Basketball Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Baseball Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Track Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports01818

Clark Atlanta University Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Managerial Economics

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Fashion/Apparel Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Theatre Literature, History and Criticism

Education And Teaching
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, General
Education, Other
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Secondary Education and Teaching
Special Education and Teaching, General

Engineering, General

Family And Social Work
Public Administration
Social Work

Liberal Arts
African-American/Black Studies
English Language and Literature, General
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other
French Language and Literature
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies

Mathematics, General

Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, Other

Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other

Music, General

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling
Counseling Psychology
Psychology, General

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Top 17%Clark Atlanta University Number of students

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