Clark Atlanta University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Graduation Rate & More

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Clark Atlanta University Admissions Overview:

Clark Atlanta University, with an acceptance rate of 72%, is a generally open school. Students with good grades and with test scores above average have a good chance of being admitted. Students can apply using the Common Application, and should submit scores from the SAT or ACT directly to the university. Additional materials needed to apply include high school transcripts and two letters of recommendation from teachers/guidance counselors. Students interested in applying to Clark Atlanta should check out the school's website, and are encouraged to visit the campus and talk one-on-one with an admissions counselor.

Admissions Data (2016):

Clark Atlanta University Description:

Clark Atlanta University, CAU, is a young school that was formed in 1988 with the consolidation of Clark College and Atlanta University. Clark College, founded in 1869, was a four-year liberal arts college, and Atlanta University, founded in 1865, offered graduate degrees only. The consolidated university has quickly made a name for itself and frequently appears on lists of the country's best historically Black colleges and universities. Recent bad press may hurt those rankings -- in 2009 the university fired a quarter of its faculty without following well-established procedures related to tenure (read more). On the athletic front, the Clark Atlanta Panthers compete in the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Division II Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Popular sports include football, basketball, volleyball, track and field, and tennis.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 3,884 (3,093 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 29% Male / 71% Female
  • 97% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $22,396
  • Books: $1,500 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $10,800
  • Other Expenses: $3,065
  • Total Cost: $37,761

Clark Atlanta University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 94%
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 87%
    • Loans: 89%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $9,263
    • Loans: $7,367

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Biology, Business Administration, Communication Studies, Criminal Justice, Psychology, Accounting, Digital Communication, Fashion Design, Rhetoric and Composition, Early Childhood Education

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 67%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 24%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 38%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Football, Baseball, Basketball, Track and Field, Cross Country
  • Women's Sports: Track and Field, Volleyball, Tennis, Cross Country, Basketball, Softball

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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