Clark Atlanta University RED Letter Day Brings Excitement to Students Looking Forward to Attending Their HBCU of Choice


CAU RED Letter Day continues to excite incoming freshman and their parents as they look forward to possibilities at Clark Atlanta University. The opening of the red folder featuring CAU’s official acceptance letter is the surreal moment that pursuing a college education at one of the nation’s top historically black colleges and universities becomes a reality.

Masked and practicing social distancing, Clark Atlanta University’s President George T. French Jr., Ph.D. and Lorri L. Saddler, Ed.D., Associate Vice President and Dean of Undergraduate Admission, along with members of the admissions team, continue the tradition of hand delivering early acceptance and scholarship notifications to select local Georgia students outside their homes.  

On Wednesday, November 11 an acceptance letter and scholarship offer was personally delivered to Ms. Jordan McCary, who will become a freshman fall 2021. Ms. McCary is a CAU legacy (third generation). Her mother Jennifer McCary, and her grandmother Dr. Mary Ware, are CAU alumna. Dr. Ware also served as the Associate Dean of Student Affairs and worked for Clark Atlanta University for more than 25 years. 

On Friday, November 13 CAU kicked off its official CAU RED letter day and released its initial acceptance notifications selecting just over 1300 students from a highly competitive applicant pool of over 5,000 students. These students completed their applications by November 1, during CAU’s early action period. The amount of scholarships awarded totals nearly $250,000.

Clark Atlanta University continues its Red Letter Day presentations this month with special deliveries to seven Westlake High School Class of 2021 graduates. These students are also scholarship recipients. The celebration for Westlake’s students will take place virtually on today December 16 followed by personal deliveries to students’ homes.

Visits to students in the Westlake community were rescheduled out of respect for Principal Jamar Robinson and his wife, Ann Marie Robinson who lost their lives in a tragic accident during a weekend vacation. Clark Atlanta University has had a longstanding relationship with Westlake High School and offers condolences to the entire Westlake High School family and community.

Admission decisions will continue to be released on a weekly basis until we reach our application deadline of April 1, 2020.

About Clark Atlanta University  

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 nearly 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. For more information, please contact Jolene Butts Freeman at (404) 880-8000 or