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Your chances of getting into Clark Atlanta University

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for Clark Atlanta University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Extremely Easy 
Applicant Competition Average 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at CAU is 58.2%.  Its admission rate is the 14th lowest in Georgia.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into CAU and can you get accepted?

CAU is a more competitive school to get into. You have a good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 9,737 out of the 16,718 who applied were admitted.

The school has extremely easy admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 76 percent on standardized admission tests. Clark Atlanta University typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.28. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 12% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into CAU?

58% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Clark Atlanta University you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.28 or better
  • Earn B grades in high school
  • Score 960 on the SAT
  • Score 18 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top half of your high school class
  • Submit letters of recommendation from your teachers


GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


What GPA do you need to get into Clark Atlanta University?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into CAU are to have around a 3.28 high school GPA. You are required to have above average high school grades.

If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as CAU accepts 58% of students who apply.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at CAU is 3.28 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B letter grades and regularly score around 83-86 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #26 in Georgia for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since CAU is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.3 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted Clark Atlanta University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 6.42% Good
3.75 to 3.99 7.8% Good
3.50 to 3.74 16.05% Avg +
3.25 to 3.49 18.6% Avg +
3.00 to 3.24 25.1% Avg -
2.50 to 2.99 25.0% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 0.95% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 0.08% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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CAU SAT Scores

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Clark Atlanta University. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 19% of students submitted SAT scores and 8% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 


Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for Clark Atlanta University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 450
Math 25th Percentile 410
Composite 25th Percentile 860
SAT Scores for Clark Atlanta University
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 543
Math 75th Percentile 510
Composite 75th Percentile 1053
Average SAT Score 960

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to Clark Atlanta University?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at CAU is 960 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 860-1053. Students who get into Clark Atlanta University score in the top 83 percent of all SAT test takers..  CAU ranks #39 in the state of Georgia for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 960 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. CAU regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 860 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 860, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 760, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Clark Atlanta University is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "considered but not required".

View other colleges which accept students in the 960 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 956, you have around a 58% chance of being admitted. A 1053 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 72% chance of getting in.

Clark Atlanta University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1053 and Above Good >72%
956 to 1053 Avg + 58%-72%
860 to 956 Avg - 42%-58%
764 to 860 Reach 28%-42%
Less than 764 Low <28%
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CAU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 


Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for Clark Atlanta University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile N/A
Math 25th Percentile N/A
Composite 25th Percentile 17
ACT Scores for Clark Atlanta University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile N/A
Math 75th Percentile N/A
Composite 75th Percentile 20
Average ACT Score 18

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into CAU?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to CAU is 18, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 17 and 20.  The school ranks #40 in Georgia for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 18. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 17 and score in the score in the top 69 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 16.

8 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Clark Atlanta University.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Clark Atlanta University is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "considered but not required".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into CAU for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 18 score has around 58% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 76% with a 20 ACT score.

Clark Atlanta University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
20 and Above Good >76%
18 to 20 Avg + 58%-76%
17 to 18 Avg - 47%-58%
16 to 17 Reach 37%-47%
Less than 16 Low <37%
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High School Class Rank

69% of Clark Atlanta University freshman are in the top half of their high school graduating class and 27% are in the top quarter.

High School Class Rank for admitted Clark Atlanta University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 7%
Top 25% of class 27%
Top 50% of class 69%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Clark Atlanta University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 12,992 3,726 16,718
Accepted 7,809 1,928 9,737
Acceptance Rate 60% 52% 58%
Enrolled 869 254 1,123
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 11% 13% 12%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Apr 1, 2024

Days left to Apply


Applicants have 118 days left until the Fall 2024 term applications are due on Apr 1, 2024.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Clark Atlanta University is $35.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Clark Atlanta University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Clark Atlanta University Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Clark Atlanta University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Admission Requirements Summary

Because CAU is fairly competitive, you have a decent chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.28 GPA, you have a good shot at getting in. An SAT score of 960 will further improve your application. If you can get a 1053 on the SAT you will have a very good chance on getting in. Additionally a 18 on the ACT places you in a strong position.

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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.


Does Clark Atlanta University prefer SAT or ACT?

19% of students submit their SAT scores to CAU. 8% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Clark Atlanta University?

58% of those who apply are granted admission to CAU. Admission competition is low and the college has extremely easy admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Clark Atlanta University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 860 and 1053. The average SAT score is 956. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Clark Atlanta University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 17 and 20. The average ACT score is 18. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.