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Clark Atlanta University is a nonprofit private historically black institution located in Atlanta, Georgia. A majority of historically black colleges and universities (also known as HBCUs) were established after the civil war to provide newly freed African Americans with educational opportunities. The United Methodist affiliation at the school is an important part of the history, education and vision that defines the school. Clark Atlanta University has an annual student enrollment of over three thousand.
Areas of study available at CAU include:
- Communications And Journalism
- Business And Marketing Studies
- Public Administration And Social Services
- Security And Protective Services
To be considered for admissions, applicants may be required to fill out an application, write a personal statement, and submit test scores or other school records, which are then studied by admissions officials. An ACT or SAT exam is required prior to applying, with scores between 770 to 930 for the SAT exam and in a range of 18 to 20 for the ACT exam is typical among students accepted to this school. Roughly 70% of all applicant were admitted at CAU, with 22% of those admitted choosing to attend. More information from the admissions office can be found here.
The cost of undergraduate tuition is close to $21,000, but may change per year. Students are encouraged to visit the school's tuition calculator to better understand their personal tuition costs. Student housing is available on-campus for students. The annual cost of housing is estimated to be $5,600. Some students at CAU may qualify for financial aid, which is generally provided as scholarships, grants, and loans.
The CAU Panthers participate in several intercollegiate athletic programs, overseen by the NCAA. Sports available may include:
- Baseball (NCAA Division II)
- Basketball (NCAA Division II)
- Track & Field (NCAA Division II)
- Football (NCAA Division II)
To see a full list of areas of study, programs, enrollment information, student services, and more, please take a look at the school's website at http://www.cau.edu.
Admission Requirements & Details
The admission details below may give an overview of the students Clark Atlanta University accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, SAT/ACT scores of students that were accepted, as well as any AP credits that may be transferred. This information can be used to have a better understanding of your chances of getting accepted to CAU.
Admission Requirements & Recommendations
- High School G.P.A. and School Records are Required
- Letters of Recommendation are Required
- SAT or ACT Test Scores are Required
- TOEFL for ESL Students are Required
College Credits Accepted
- Dual Credits
- AP Course Credits
Admissions Test Scores - SAT Exam, ACT Exam, etc...
ACT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2011
|Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)|
|ACT ® English||0 - 0|
|ACT ® Math||0 - 0|
|ACT ® Composite Score||17 - 21|
Acceptance Rate Table - Chances of Getting Into CAU
The chances of getting into CAU can be seen in the table below.
|Granted Admissions||3,336 (57%)|
|Accepted Students That Enrolled||781 (23%)|
The total student enrollment at Clark Atlanta University is about 3,400, where graduate students make up roughly 23% of the student body.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The items listed below are for informational purposes only and may not represent current tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Annual tuition estimates are between $19,000-$23,000 for both state residents and nonresidents
- Part time students pay in the range of $790 to $950 per unit
Financial Aid Details
The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||97%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||82%||$7,297|
|Receiving Student Loans||90%||$7,704|
Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2011 was around 12%.
Academics & Student Services
Student ServicesTo help support students, Clark Atlanta University may provide services to students like:
- Classes offered on nights and weekends
- Academic counseling for students
- Student employment
- Helping students find work after graduation
The overall graduation rate of Clark Atlanta University is around 41%.
|Number of Year to Graduate||Percent of Entering Class|
|Students Graduating in 4 Years||23%|
|Graduating in 5 Years||13%|
|Graduating in 6 Years||5%|
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program
- * Accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (since 1976)
CAU is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports belonging to the NCAA Division II (with football) classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:
- Baseball (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conf)
- Basketball (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conf)
- Track and Field (Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference)
- Football (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conf)
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Business and Marketing Studies
Communications and Journalism
Computer and Information Sciences
English Language and Literature
Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies
Foreign Languages and Literature
Mathematics and Statistics
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Public Administration and Social Services
Security and Protective Services
Visual and Performing Arts
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