Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

Admission Requirements—First Year Students

CAU practices a holistic admission review process, which considers the applicant's secondary school academic record, standardized college entrance exams (SAT or ACT), leadership in school and community activities, unique talents and skills, and educational objectives. We have included data from our most recent class to help you understand the student that had the greatest likelihood to be admitted to Clark Atlanta, not as cutoffs or minimums—just the average.

Class of 2023 Profile (Fall 2019)

Applications Received: 19569

Students Admitted: 9473

Average GPA: 3.45

Average Combined SAT: 1050

Average ACT Composite: 20

Admissions Application Package

A complete application package includes the following credentials:

  • Application for Admission: either The Common Application, Clark Atlanta Application, OR the Common Black College Application
  • Non-refundable $35 application fee payable by credit card, money order, or cashier's check. Fee waivers may be uploaded to the Common App by a counselor, emailed to admissions@cau.edu, or faxed to 404.880.6174. Personal checks are not accepted.
  • Official high school transcript(s) or GED certificate
  • Test score results from the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT). International students from non-English speaking secondary schools may submit the TOEFL or IELTS instead of the ACT or SAT.
  • One letter of recommendation from a high school counselor
    Guidance Counselor Recommendation Form
  • One letter of recommendation from a high school teacher
    Teacher Recommendation Form
  • Resume (optional)
  • Essay Topics: Students using the Common App may use any of the essay prompts provided. Students submitting an essay separately from their application should write 500 words or less on ONE of the following topics: 
    • How do you feel Clark Atlanta University would prepare you for future leadership?
    • Who has had the greatest influence in your life thus far, and why?

Recommended Curriculum:

We consider the applicant's secondary school academic record, standardized college entrance exams (SAT or ACT), leadership in school and community activities, unique talents and skills, and educational objectives. For admission consideration, an applicant should have a well-balanced college preparatory program that includes the following course work:

  • 4 units English
  • 3 units Mathematics
  • 3 units Electives
  • 3 units Natural Science
  • 2 units Social Science
  • 2 units Foreign Language
    • A student may be admitted with less than two units in a foreign language but may be required to take language at CAU depending on the students selected major. We recommend foreign language in preparing for CAU so that students will spend less time fulfilling this requirement through coursework or a placement exam.

Application Deadlines

Early Action [Non-Binding] Deadline/Spring Deadline - November 1
Applicants who submit completed application packages by November 1, 2019 will receive notification of the admission decision by January 1, 2020.
Priority Deadline - February 1
An option to submit an application before the final deadline
Final Deadline - May 1
Final opportunity for incoming freshmen to submit a completed application
Transfer Deadline - June 1 
Final opportunity for incoming transfers to submit a complete application

Additional Information

Many documents can be submitted online by a counselor through our online applications. You may choose to mail transcript(s) and recommendations to:
Clark Atlanta University
Office of Admission
223 James P. Brawley Dr. SW
Atlanta, GA 30314