About CAU

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. 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. It is also the largest of the 37-member UNCF institutions.

CAU Quick Facts

  • Atlanta University (1865) 
  • Clark College (1869)
  • Bachelor’s
  • Master’s
  • Specialist
  • Doctoral
  • Total Students: 4,000
  • Female: 76%; Male: 24% 
  • In-State: 35%; Out-of-State: 64%; International: 1%

University Data Reports

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

Building on its social justice history and heritage, Clark Atlanta University is a culturally diverse, research-intensive, liberal arts institution that prepares and transforms the lives of students. CAU is located in the heart of Atlanta which is the epicenter of the Civil Rights Movement and modern center of emerging technologies and innovation. Ignited by its history, CAU is committed to delivering education that is accessible, relevant, and transformative.

Approved by the Board of Trustees, May 17, 2019

University Vision Statement

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.

Approved by the Board of Trustees, May 17, 2019

University Core Values

Our University’s core values are like a compass, a tool that guides the campus community in navigating uncertainty while keeping the big picture in mind. These values serve as the foundational steps the University will take towards achieving its strategic vision.


People-Centric Treat students, colleagues, and broad beneficiaries of our services with professionalism, respect, responsiveness, focused on effective solutions.
Research-Focused, Innovative and Creative Ignite new possibilities in research and advance knowledge of humankind.
Inclusive and Accountable Promote collaboration and unity among students, faculty, and staff to provide a significant contribution are added to the University’s body of knowledge.
Diverse and Global Embrace and support all forms of human differences, ideas and perspectives, and our natural environment.
Excellent Commit to high-quality in all we do to achieve our noble cause.
Student-Centered Commit to leveraging our students’ experience through teaching, learning, and service.
Approved by the Board of Trustees, May 17, 2019
University Cultural Creed

Clark Atlanta University is committed to academic excellence, building character and service to others. The University will achieve its mission by cultivating an environment of honesty, kindness, mutual respect, self-discipline, school loyalty, trust, academic integrity and communal pride. As a member of this scholarly community, I make the following pledge:

  • I will work to promote academic honesty and integrity;
  • I will work to cultivate a learning environment which opposes violence, vulgarity, lewdness and selfishness;
  • I will embrace the concept of mutual respect by treating others the way I want them to treat me;
  • I will support a campus culture of diversity by respecting the rights of those whose views and experiences differ from my own;
  • I will honor and care for the sanctity of my body as the temple of God;
  • I will commit myself to service so that I can make a difference in the world and a difference for more than just myself; and 
  • I will celebrate and contribute to the “spirit of greatness” left by those who preceded me and I will work to leave this a better place for those who follow me.

As a member of this community, I am committed to conducting myself in ways that contribute to a civil campus environment which encourages positive behavior in others. I accept the responsibility to uphold these noble ideals as a proud member of the Clark Atlanta University Family.

Clark Atlanta University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctorate degrees. Degree-granting institutions also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of Clark Atlanta University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC's website (www.sacscoc.org).

School and Program Accreditations:

  • AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
  • Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation
  • Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
  • Council on Social Work Education, B.S.W. and M.S.W. degree programs
  • National Association of Schools of Public Affairs/Administration
  • The Georgia Professional Standards Commission