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Clark Atlanta University is a private institution that was founded in 1988. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,632, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 126 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Clark Atlanta University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, Tier 2. Its tuition and fees are $21,100 (2013-14).
Clark Atlanta University formed when two independent, historically African-American schools – Atlanta University and Clark College – merged together in 1988. Today the university offers nearly 40 areas of study, including graduate programs in business and education, to a racially diverse student body. Students at Clark Atlanta University can make the most of their studies by utilizing the Career Planning and Placement Center, where they can participate in mock interviews, perfect résumés, find internships and attend career fairs. Students at Clark Atlanta can get involved by running for student government and by joining more than 60 campus clubs, including several fraternities and sororities.
Student athletes can try out for the many Clark Atlanta University Panthers sports teams, which compete in the NCAA Division II Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Many notable people have passed through Clark Atlanta and the two founding schools, including Henry O. Flipper, who became the first African-American man to graduate from the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York, and civil rights activist and writer W.E.B. DuBois, who taught social work at the university.
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Clark Atlanta University, located in the heart of downtown metro Atlanta, is a member institution of the Atlanta University Center. This consortium is the largest collection of black private higher education in the nation. CAU is one of only two black private universities classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the advancement of teaching as a doctoral Research University/High Research Activity.
|School type||private, coed college|
When applying to Clark Atlanta University, it's important to note the application deadline is June 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due May 1. The application fee at Clark Atlanta University is $35. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 68.5 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2012 acceptance rate||68.5%|
|Application deadline||June 1|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||May 1|
The student-faculty ratio at Clark Atlanta University is 15:1, and the school has 51.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Clark Atlanta University include: Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Psychology; Visual and Performing Arts; and Biological and Biomedical Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 64 percent.
|4-year graduation rate||24%|
|Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates|
Clark Atlanta University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,632, with a gender distribution of 25.3 percent male students and 74.7 percent female students. At this school, 55 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 45 percent of students live off campus. Clark Atlanta University is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.
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|Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity||N/A|
|Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority||N/A|
|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA II|
Campus Info & Services
Clark Atlanta University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Clark Atlanta University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Clark Atlanta University, 50 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Clark Atlanta University.
|Students who have cars on campus||50%|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
Paying for School
At Clark Atlanta University, 93.6 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $4,540.
Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.
|Tuition and fees||$21,100 (2013-14)|
|Room and board||$8,906 (2013-14)|
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* Overview details based on 2012 data