The only university in the historic Atlanta University Center, a consortium of 8,000 primarily African-American scholars.
Among the largest of the nation’s 37-member United Negro College Fund institutions.
The only private, historically black university to host a chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, America’s most prestigious honor society for all academic disciplines. The University also hosts: Golden Key International Honour Society, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society and Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society.
Home to the Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development, America’s largest, most comprehensive academic prostate cancer research enterprise, responsible for breakthrough investigation resulting in five patents and patents pending.
Home to one of the nation’s most prestigious university collections of African and African-American art, which includes the world-renowned Hale Woodruff Murals.
Home to Atlanta’s only jazz radio station, NPR-affiliated WCLK-91.9FM, reaching 200,000 listeners weekly, and public access channel CAU-TV.
The university backdrop for popular films such as “Drumline,” “Stomp the Yard” and “Drumline 2.”
Home to the Center for Functional Nanoscale Materials, revolutionizing the science of life-saving drug delivery to the human body.
The Clark Atlanta University experience includes study abroad opportunities that allow students to learn at partner universities around the globe.
With a history that dates back nearly 300 years, Clark Atlanta University's alumni rolls include accomplished men and women who have changed their communities, the nation and the world for the better. Our alumni include:
Henry O. Flipper (1869) was the first African-American graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
James Weldon Johnson (1904) was the poet, author, attorney and statesman who wrote “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”
Rev. Dr. Ralph David Abernathy (1951) was a key strategist of the Civil Rights Movement, crusading alongside his friend and colleague, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Marva Collins (1957) founded Chicago’s acclaimed Westside Preparatory School to refute the mislabeling of African-American children as learning impaired.
Pearl Cleage (1973) is an acclaimed poet, novelist and playwright.
Kenny Leon (1978) won a 2010 Tony Award for his revival of the late August Wilson’s play “Fences,” and a 2014 Tony Award for his direction of a revival of “A Raisin in the Sun.”
Alexander B. Cummings, Jr. (1982) is the executive vice president and chief administrative officer of the world’s number-one brand, The Coca-Cola Company.
Janaye Ingram (’01) is acting national executive director of the National Action Network.
Julian Dubé (’09; ’13) is an assignment desk editor for CNN International and CNN International Sports.
CAU Sees the Unattainable
Clark Atlanta is logged in to the field of super computing, which allows scientists to “see” phenomena that are too small (atoms), fast (photosynthesis), dangerous (toxic materials) or complex (automobile engines) to study organized systems of behavior, from traffic patterns to military sensors. This work portends tremendous innovation in diverse fields, from medicine to economics.
CAU is Succeeding Under the Microscope
Researchers at Clark Atlanta University’s Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development have secured nearly $40 million in research funding since 2007, and have filed five full and provisional patent applications since 2005. The center is one of the nation’s most competitive educational research enterprises in America and will be responsible for producing a network of some 60 African-American Ph.D.s by the year 2025.
CAU Means Business
Clark Atlanta University’s
MBA Program in 2013 won
the National Black MBA
Competition, defeating 30
national schools of business
to claim the championship. The University’s CIA Analytic Simulation Team also won the 2014 Atlanta University Center Challenge, providing the sharpest decision making, briefings and analysis throughout a hypothetical one-day world crisis
CAU is Seeking Green Solutions
The Center for Alternative Renewable Energy Technology and Training is taking on two issues critical to America’s future, the need for fossil fuel alternatives and the demand for a technologically trained workforce. Students in the program create biodiesel, a biodegradable alternative to gasoline, from cooking oil.