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We are very excited that you are interested in joining the CAU family. At CAU, we do not have Dormitories; we have Residence Halls!
Why Residence Hall and not dorm? "Dorm" comes from the Latin word "
Our diverse staff is trained to help all students through their matriculation. We are here to create a community living space, to allow students to focus on their academic and personal growth.
The next time you hear the word "dorm," remember that our students will get much more than that with CAU Residence Life!
Brawley Hall Co-Ed
Effective Fall 2016 Housing Policy:
To ensure that all Clark Atlanta University students receive a strong foundation and create a path of success, we believe that all students with fewer than 58 earned credit hours should live on campus. All students enrolled or accepted to Clark Atlanta University will be required to reside on the campus until they have earned 58 or more credit hours. Residing on campus yields positive benefits such as higher GPA, higher retention, higher graduation (within 4 - 6 years), and likelihood to attend graduate or professional school (i.e., law school, medical school, etc.).*
For first-time freshmen females, residency is defined as residing in Holmes Hall, Merner Hall, Pfeiffer Hall. For freshmen males, residency is defined as residing in Beckwith Hall.
For students that are not first-time freshmen, but have acquired fewer than 58 earned credit hours, residency is defined as residing in CAU Suites, or Brawley Hall. Graduate and students with 28 or more hours can reside in Heritage Commons.
Effective Fall 2016 Meal Plan Meal Plan Policy:
**These meal plans will automatically be placed on the student's account.
Exceptions to the Policy
As there may be compelling individual circumstances that would warrant residing off campus, exceptions to this requirement are handled on a case by case basis. Individuals seeking an exception to the policy must complete an Exemption Form and submit the appropriate documents to the Residence Life office.
Exemptions to the policies may be granted with appropriate documentation under the following circumstances:
Exemption Form and supporting information must be received in the Residence Life Office before August 1 for fall deadline and December 15 for the spring deadline.
Residence Life must receive the Exemption Form with all supporting documentation on or before the deadline to avoid delays. This information will be reviewed by a committee and the student will be emailed the final decision. Please note that if you are approved it will only release you from being required to live on campus. You may still be required to maintain the mandatory meal plan. Read the Housing Contract carefully to understand the penalties for breaching the contract and any fees associated with breaking this agreement. If a student is denied an exemption, they will be given information on the appeal process.
Failure to comply with the requirements or providing false or misleading information to the Office of Housing and Residence Life in order to receive an exemption from the on-campus housing requirement may result in cancellation of registration privileges and/or revocation of acceptance to Clark Atlanta University.
*Research by Alexander Astin, Gregory
Living Learning Communities (LLC)
LLC's consists of a group of students with similar majors or interests who live on the same floor or floors of a Residence Hall. It is found that students who participate in a
Benefits of Living-Learning Community Participation
- Increased academic performance
- Increased retention and progression toward graduation
- Increased academic, interpersonal, and personal development skills
- Increased campus connection
CAU's New Student Placement Process
New Students (Both Transfers and First Time Freshman) are administratively placed by the Office of Residence Life and Student Development (
Notification of Room Assignment
Freshman students will begin receiving notifications of their housing placement in early August for the upcoming Fall Semester.
Roommates are announced in August. Students receive roommates based on major and compatibility. We encourage the student (not the parents) to complete the personal preferences questionnaire within the Housing Portal for the most accurate results.
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Lamar White, Ph.D.
Director of Residence Life & Student Development
Phone: 404 880-8074
Assistant Director for Pfeiffer Hall
Assistant Director for Holmes Hall
Edward C. Johns
Assistant Director for Beckwith Hall
Assistant Director for Merner Hall
Assistant Director for Brawley Hall