#16 Best Private Colleges in Georgia

Clark Atlanta University

Atlanta, Georgia

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Clark Atlanta University overview
Location Atlanta, Georgia
Online cau.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large City
Religious Affiliation United Methodist
Clark Atlanta University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Clark Atlanta University (CAU) is a private, historically Black university located in Atlanta, Georgia. Established in 1988 as a result of the consolidation of Atlanta University (founded in 1865) and Clark College (founded in 1869), CAU is part of the Atlanta University Center Consortium and is situated in a bustling urban environment, providing access to a multitude of cultural, professional, and recreational opportunities. Known for a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs, the university notably houses prominent schools of Business Administration, Arts and Sciences, Education, and Social Work. With a moderately selective admissions process, Clark Atlanta attracts a diverse student body invested in academic achievement. While the campus is home to traditional and suite-style residence halls accommodating a significant portion of the student population, excellence in academics is supported through various research and innovation initiatives. CAU's athletic teams, known as the Panthers, compete in the NCAA Division II Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, with their men's and women's basketball teams being particularly competitive.

In the most recent statistical year 16,153 prospective students applied, and 9,088 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 1,157 enrolled in the school.  3,649 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 351 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $21,948 plus fees of $2,782. CAU is ranked 971 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.

Clark Atlanta University is a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) primarily serving the African-American community.
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CAU is rated within the lower 28% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 3 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Extremely Easy
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SAT 880/1120
ACT 16/20
GPA 3.28

Applications Accepted

Clark Atlanta University overview
Applications Due Apr 1, 2024
Applicant Competition Average
Application Fee $35

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Clark Atlanta University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,900
Other Fees$2,782
Room and Board $10,982
Budget for Other Expenses$3,312
Total One Year Cost$40,924

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$38,400 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

41% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Clark Atlanta University students
Subject Percent of Class
Communication 26%
Business 21%
Psychology 11%
Visual and Performing Arts 9%
English and Literature 5%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=138947 IPEDS survey data for Clark Atlanta University.

Current students may use the Clark Atlanta University GPA calculator to determine their current college GPA.