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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    C
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    A+
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    C
Clark Atlanta is a private, Christian university located in Atlanta, Georgia. As a historically black college, CAU has a strong history of and commitment to the education of black Americans. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 3,234 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Clark Atlanta acceptance rate is 52%. Popular majors include Radio and Television, Business, and Psychology. Graduating 45% of students, Clark Atlanta alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $26,700.
223 James P Brawley Drive, SW
Atlanta, GA 30314
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About Clark Atlanta...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

Clark Atlanta University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

CAU Admissions

Acceptance Rate
52%
Application Deadline
May 1
SAT Range
950-1110
ACT Range
18-21
Application Fee
$35
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$27,143/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$10,239/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
97%

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
19:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
78%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.113 responses
64%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.121 responses
61%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.119 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,234Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
91
Undergrads Over 25
5%
Pell Grant
73%
Varsity Athletes
6%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 79 responses
  • Ambitious
    48%
  • Involved
    37%
  • Driven
    9%
  • Typical
    6%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
57%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.153 responses
Poll
49%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.178 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 94 responses
  • Traditional HBCU
    41%
  • Find a way or make one
    38%
  • Illustrious
    11%
  • Cultural
    6%
  • Immaculate
    2%
  • Home away from home
    1%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$35,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
45%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
88%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.86 responses
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Clark Atlanta University is an AMAZING institution. I am currently a rising junior and I can honestly say there is never a dull moment. At Clark Atlanta we turn up together as a family, and get our work done. I have a 3.8 GPA, and have already participated in multiple internship and research opportunities. I will say though, definitely MAKE SURE THAT YOU CAN AFFORD 4 YEARS AT CAU BEFORE ENROLLING AS A FRESHMAN. It is a very expensive price tag, and I will say that it can be frustrating when your trying to have fun but you do not have enough money to make it through the semester(s). However, if you work really hard in high school and get a solid GPA (3.25-4.0+) and make a solid SAT score (1,100+) you'll probably qualify for a merit scholarship. The main reason I was able to afford CAU was because of a Full Tuition Scholarship (My GPA was 3.7 & SAT 1200). All in all, CAU is AMAZING but choose a school that is AMAZING and affordable, and if thats CAU, well....SEE YOU SOON FELLOW PANTHER!
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Clark Atlanta University is a good school to go to if you want a close relationship with your professors and other faculty. The campus is supposed to be a closed campus but, it does not actually have a closed in perimeter. The location is kind of in a lower income area but Clark's police help with the safety of the students while on and around campus.
While they are unorganized and sometimes not knowledgeable with everything you may need, they do make sure that they fix any situation that occurs or any problems that you may have.
It is a wonderful HBCU in the heart of Atlanta so, if you are a person of color, I would recommend going here!
Although my first year was cut short due to Covid-19, my school put a plan in place in order to ensure we can continue our education online and even provided enrolled students with free laptops! The professors make some classes lenient for students and even record lectures in order for students to access them any time to take notes and study. Our "I'll Find A Way or Make One!" game is strong!