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About CAU

Clark Atlanta's History

Clark Atlanta University was formed with the consolidation of Atlanta University and Clark College, both of which hold unique places in the annals of African-American history. Atlanta University, established in 1865 by the American Missionary Association, was the nation’s first institution to award graduate degrees to African-Americans. CAU is also the largest of the 37-member UNCF institutions. 

Clark College, established four years later in 1869, was the nation’s first four-year liberal arts college to serve a primarily African-American student population. Today, with over 4,000 students, CAU is the largest of the four institutions (CAU, Morehouse College, Spelman College, and Morehouse School of Medicine) that comprise the Atlanta University Center Consortium.

Our Vision

Clark Atlanta University will be recognized internationally as a leading research institution of higher education and learning. The University will impact society through global innovation, transformative educational experiences, and high-value engagement.

Panther Principles

Clark Atlanta University is committed to fostering academic excellence, promoting social responsibility, embracing diversity, encouraging leadership development, and empowering students to make positive contributions to society.

Key Of Success

The key to success for Clark Atlanta University students lies in the combination of academic rigor, personal growth, leadership development, and access to transformative opportunities, empowering them to thrive in their chosen paths.

CAU Campus Tour

Experience Clark Atlanta University in person!

Join us for an immersive campus tour designed to provide you with an intimate and personalized glimpse into life at our esteemed institution.

During your visit, you’ll have the opportunity to explore our beautiful campus, immerse yourself in our vibrant community, and interact with our dedicated faculty and staff. 

Witness our state-of-the-art facilities, discover our cutting-edge research opportunities, and envision yourself as an integral part of our legacy of academic excellence. Book your in-person campus visit today, and let us inspire you on your journey toward success. 


As one of the nation’s premier institutions for advanced education, we are proud to offer a wide range of advanced degree and non-degree certificate programs through our four esteemed schools. With a focus on leadership development, professional ethics, and the highest caliber of instruction and research excellence, our graduate programs are designed to empower students to become industry leaders and experts in their chosen fields.

Powerful Alumni

As one of the most prestigious Historically Black Colleges and Universities, we take immense pride in our distinguished alumni who have gone on to achieve extraordinary accomplishments on a global scale.

At Clark Atlanta University, our alumni network boasts some of the most powerful and influential individuals in the world. From trailblazing entrepreneurs and visionary leaders to groundbreaking artists and renowned scholars, our graduates have left an indelible mark in their respective fields.

Our alumni have shattered glass ceilings, transformed industries, and reshaped communities. They have received accolades and recognition for their outstanding contributions, proving that a Clark Atlanta University education serves as a springboard to remarkable achievements.