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Required Housing Policy

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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 and CAU Suites 100 Building. Pfeiffer Hall is the Honors & Scholarship Hall and it is Co-Ed. For first-time freshmen males, residency is defined as residing in the CAU Suites 200 Building. 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, Heritage Commons, or Brawley Hall.

Exceptions to the Policy

As there may be compelling individual circumstances that would warrant residing off campus, exceptions to this requirement must be submitted to the Residence Life Office. Individuals seeking an exception must complete and Exemption Form and submit the appropriate documents.

Exemptions may be granted with appropriate documentation under the following circumstances:

  • The student is experiencing medical conditions which require special attention or is the caregiver of someone experiencing medical conditions which require special attention.
  • Students with children, married students, and students involved in domestic partnership.
  • Demonstrated financial hardship as confirmed by the Clark Atlanta University Office of Financial Aid or documented proof.
  • Non-traditional students age 24+ by August 1, with proof of age.
  • The student has full-time employment off campus and employment is verified.

Exemption information must be received in the housing office no later than July 15.

Exemption Procedure
Residence Life must receive written notification no later than July 15 with all supporting documentation. This information will be reviewed by the appropriate staff and the student will be emailed the final decision.  This process may take up to two weeks.

Failure to comply with the requirements or providing false or misleading information to the Department of Housing and Residence Life 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.