Clark Atlanta University (CAU), formed in 1988 as a result of the consolidation of two independent historically black institutions — Atlanta University (1865) and Clark College (1869), is a United Methodist Church-related, private, coeducational, residential, and comprehensive urban research university. The University, largest of the 39-member UNCF colleges, offers undergraduate, graduate and professional, and non-degree certificate programs.
CAU is classified by Carnegie as Doctoral Research University (D/RU) and is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB); the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GPSC); the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP); the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE); the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA); and the National Collegiate Athletic Association, Division II. CAU is authorized by Georgia State Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission (NPEC) to operate in the state of Georgia. The University is approved for listing as United Methodist Church-affiliated University by the University Senate General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church.
The main campus, with 39 academic, administrative, and student support buildings spanning over 126 acres of land, is located about 1.5 miles southwest from the heart of metro downtown Atlanta, Georgia. The University is accessible from all major arteries – I-20, I-75, I-85, and I-285 of the State and Hartsfield Jackson International Airport.
The University offers 38 major areas of study through four schools – Arts and Sciences; Business Administration; Education; and Social Work and awards Bachelor’s, Master’s, Specialist, and Doctoral degrees. Highest enrolled undergraduate fields: Biology, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Mass Media Arts, Psychology.
Total full-time teaching faculty number = 170, 79% of whom hold terminal degrees; 60% have tenure status. Faculty-student ratio is 1:13.
During the 2011-12 academic year, the University awarded a total of 728 degrees (550 Bachelor’s; 152 Master’s; 26 Doctorates). Retention of first-year students returning for second year is 60% and six-year cohort graduation rate is 39%.
Fall 2012 Headcount Enrollment = 3419 (2632 Undergraduate; 787 Graduate). Total Full-time Equivalent (FTE) = 3208.
Georgia students constitute 47% of total enrollment, 52% of students come from out-of-state and 1% represent the Caribbean Islands and more than 15 foreign countries. Female students constitute 74% of the total enrollment while male students comprise of 26%.
Currently there are seven University operated and two affiliated residential facilities to house 2448 students.
There are more than 80 chartered student organizations including four (4) social fraternities and four (4) social sororities.
As a NCAA Division II Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference member, the University provides athletic opportunities in varsity sports: Men – baseball, basketball, football, track/field & cross-country; Women – basketball, softball, tennis, track/field & cross-country, volleyball.
2012-13 Annual tuition/fees = $19,830; Room/Board = $8,956; Total Cost of Attendance is $34,218.
The market value of the University’s endowment asset is $53,619,882 (as of June 30, 2012)
Economic Impact: $482M combined gross sales and labor producing 2904 full and part-time jobs