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CAU At A Glance


CAU Quick Facts

Established in 1988

Parent Institutions

  • Atlanta University (1865) 
  • Clark College (1869)

Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor’s
  • Master’s
  • Specialist
  • Doctoral

2014-15 Enrollment

  • Total Students: 3,485 
  • Female: 74%; Male: 26% 
  • In-State: 45%; Out-of-State: 51%; International: 4%

Areas of Study

  • 38 Unique Areas of Study 
  • Schools: Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Education, and Social Work


  • NCAA Division II / SIAC 
  • Men’s and women’s varsity teams in baseball, basketball, football, track and field, cross country, softball, tennis and volleyball.


  • 171 (Full-Time) 
  • Student-Faculty Ratio: 15:1

  • Faculty with Terminal Degrees: 81%; 
  • Tenured Faculty: 67%

2015-16 Tuition and Fees

  • Undergraduate Tuition and Fees: $21,945*
  • Room and Board: $9,074      
  • Graduate Tuition: $861/credit hour      
  • Graduate Fees: $1,006 annually

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National Rankings

  • U.S. News & World Report ranked Clark Atlanta University 18th in the Top 20 of its 2015 listing of America's Best HBCUs.
  • Princeton Review in 2015 ranked Clark Atlanta University as one of the "Best Southeastern Universities."

Clark Atlanta University is One Exceptional University

  • 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.

CAU Alumni:  Implementing Positive Change Worldwide

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 by the Numbers:

  • Number of Years Since Establishment:  25
  • Total Number of Alumni Worldwide: 29,000
  • Number of In-State Students:  1,583
  • Number of Out-of-State Students: 807
  • Number of International Students: 8
  • Average Per-Student Annual Family Income:  $47,426
  • Total Campus Buildings: 33
  • Total Physical Plant Square Footage:  1,375,858
  • Total Physical Plant Replacement Cost: $235,650,331
  • Annual Economic Impact (2013):  $489,000,000
  • Number of Jobs Created In-State (2013): 2,953

Did You Know?

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
 Association/Chrysler Case 
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.

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