Students Say

Clark Atlanta University, an HBCU that students describe as "one of the most prestigious historically black institutions in America," combines a commitment to professional training and a favorable location to help students advance along their career paths. The school excels in mass media, offering "a great program" that places students "close to downtown Atlanta" and so provides "a lot of opportunities for internships and to meet potential employers." Students are equally enthusiastic about the "outstanding" business program, which they say "sets higher standards for its students, and it shows in their work." No matter what they study, undergrads enjoy great "networking possibilities.

Overview

Applicants
5,140
Acceptance Rate
85%
Average HS GPA
3.01

GPA Breakdown

8%
Over 3.75
10%
3.50 - 3.74
13%
3.25 - 3.49
22%
3.00 - 3.24
35%
2.50 - 2.99
13%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
390 - 470
SAT Math
380 - 460
ACT Composite
16 - 20

Deadlines


Regular
June 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Non-Academic

Character / Personal Qualities

Overall

Students Say

Clark Atlanta University, an HBCU that students describe as "one of the most prestigious historically black institutions in America," combines a commitment to professional training and a favorable location to help students advance along their career paths. The school excels in mass media, offering "a great program" that places students "close to downtown Atlanta" and so provides "a lot of opportunities for internships and to meet potential employers." Students are equally enthusiastic about the "outstanding" business program, which they say "sets higher standards for its students, and it shows in their work." No matter what they study, undergrads enjoy great "networking possibilities. There is no reason for a student to graduate from here without a job offer." CAU professors are "compassionate" although "hard at times, but I take it as them getting me ready for the real world that I will have to face." Administrators "can be unorganized at times" but "are student-oriented" and "easy to get in contact with." Most of all, students appreciate how the school works "to create and build a strong people who can and will be of better service to their community while working to uplift all. My school creates an atmosphere in which we, the students, are not afraid to be the best, and we become well aware of our strengths and abilities."

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
17:1
Total Faculty
281
with Terminal Degree
180

254
Minority
147
Men
134
Women
12
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
24%
Graduate in 5 years
37%
Graduate in 6 years
41%

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African-American/Black Studies
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business/Managerial Economics

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, Other

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Computer Science

  • Education

  • Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Education, General
  • Education, Other
  • Educational Leadership and Administration, General
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Special Education and Teaching, General

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • French Language and Literature
  • Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • History, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Chemistry, Other

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Public Administration
  • Social Work

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

  • Social Sciences

  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Fashion/Apparel Design
  • Music, General
  • Theatre Literature, History and Criticism


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Career Services

Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
On Campus Interviews
Opportunities at School

Coop
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson
US Nuclear Regulatory Comm Head

Colonel Alexander Jefferson
Tuskegee Airmen

Jesse Lynn Devand
100 Most Influencial Bus Women 2006

Eva Pigford
Winner of America's Next Top Model 2005

Dr. Retha Clark King
Former President, General Mills Fndt

Carl Ware
Retired Coca Cola Executive

Cassandra Waldon
External Communications

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
63
Application Deadlines
Mar 1
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$4,513

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$4,509

Average Need-Based Loan
$2,959

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$29,792

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
96%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$4,971

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$19,682
Required Fees
$1,652
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$2,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,662

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships
Need-Based United Negro College Fund

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

Although "primarily African-American," the CAU student body also includes "students from different orientations here: Asian, white, Hispanic." Students tend to be "goal-oriented," "headstrong," and "involved in various activities," to the point that they "love to be seen and want to be in the middle of everything." Most are committed to success in academics "but usually will not do more than what is expected of them." They want to enjoy the entire college experience by "striking a balance between the academic and the social," and they appreciate their access to "Atlanta and its party scene."

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,567
Out of State
63%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
10

Demographics

75% female
25% male
63% are out of state
95% are full time
5% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Life on and around the CAU campus includes a lot of options, ranging from "hands-on experience such as clubs and organizations" "that actually take part in organizing and make efforts to serve the community" to "parties every week, movies playing in the student center, plenty of shopping malls to go to," and guest lectures. And, of course, there's also Atlanta, the South's major metropolis and home to a near-endless selection of restaurants, nightclubs, museums, sporting events, and outdoor activities. The variety of choices means students can be "very spirited in every area from sports to bookwork," and most are. On the downside, students complain that facilities can be spotty ("the residential life department really needs to revamp its efforts") and that campus safety could improve.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
61%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
61
First-Year Students living on campus
93%

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating
95

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
80
Number of Honor Societies
12

Number of Social Sororities
4
Number of Religious Organizations
5

2% join a fraternity
3% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division II

Men's Sports (Panthers)
5 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Panthers)
6 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Morehouse College
Navy ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Morehouse College

Sustainability

Green Rating
71

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
37

Average Number of PC's per Lab
20

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
No

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
75%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell HP Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Mr. Robin Reid
Campus Tour Coordinator

Address
Office of Admissions
James P. Brawley Drive
Atlanta, GA 30314-4358

Phone
404-880-6305

Email
cauadmissions@cau.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Robert W. Woodruff Library
CAU Radio & Television Station
CAU Art Galleries
Heritage Commons Residence Hall
Henderson Student Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
CNN Studio
Wiorld of Coca Cola
Six Flags of Gerogia
Atlanta Aquarium
Underground Atlanta

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Varies
Times: Mon-Fri 10am and 2pm
Average Length: 30 min.

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
1 week

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Limitations
N/A

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Hartsfield International Airport in Atlanta is 12 miles from campus. Taxis, limousines, and MARTA trains (public transportation) are all available. Amtrak trains and Greyhound buses serve Atlanta. MARTA trains and buses (public transportation) are available for travel throughout the metropolitan area.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-75/85 (N. and S.), take I-20 W. and exit at Ashby St. Turn right on Ashby and continue to Fair St. Turn right on Fair and continue to James P. Brawley Dr. The campus is on the right; several parking lots are on the left. From I-20 E., exit at Ashby St. and turn left (north) to Fair St. From there follow the preceding directions. From I-20 W., exit at Ashby St. and turn right to Fair St. From there follow the preceding directions. From downtown, take Peachtree St. south to Martin Luther King Dr. and turn right. Continue to James P. Brawley Dr. and turn left. Continue to the next traffic light, which is Fair St. The university is ahead on both sides of the street. Brawley Dr. is closed to vehicular traffic at this point; park on either side of the street.