About Clark Atlanta University (CAU)
On Campus Housing
A private, United Methodist university, Clark Atlanta University is situated in Atlanta, GA. The university covers an area of 126 acres. It was in 1865 when the Clark Atlanta University was founded. Clark Atlanta University believes in imparting education and contributing to society by focusing on innovation, research, education, and commitment. The motto of the university is "I'll Find a Way or Make One" (Atlanta University); "Culture for Service" (Clark College) and its official colors are red, black and gray. Out of total 3,920 (Fall 2019) students enrolled at CAU, 3,318 belong to undergraduate courses while 602 are postgraduate students. Around 76% of the students are females and 24% are males. Notably, Clark Atlanta University is also home to an ethnically diverse student population. At CAU around 92% are Black or African American, 5% belong to an unknown race or ethnicity, and 3% are Non-resident alien. Moreover, around 96% of the students are 24 and under. In its 155 years of existence, CAU has produced several known personalities like Spike Lee (Television director, Television producer), James Weldon Johnson (Poet, Novelist), Emmanuel Lewis (Actor), and Walter Francis White (Civil rights activist, Journalist). The university boasts of a decent sports infrastructure. It also encourages its students to participate in athletics, as it helps in building character. A total of 116 programs, including both residential and online, are currently offered by CAU. The university also has a long list of accreditations. It has been accredited by AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs), CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation), and CSWE (Council on Social Work Education). $71 million (2018) is the total value of endowment of the Clark Atlanta University.
To tackle the tough decision of choosing the right university, the ranking of a particular university helps the student in clearing their doubts regarding where they want to apply. Considered one of the best publications when it comes to ranking universities, Forbes has placed Clark Atlanta University at the 639th position on the latest list of top colleges. However, it is to be noted that the rankings are decided based on common metrics like acceptance rate, endowment, benefits, and SAT scores, among others.
Annual Cost to Attend
Average Annual Cost
Tuition fees and the cost of living during the course tenure are the next two things that a student should keep in mind before applying to CAU. The full-time cost of attendance is approximately $39,194 per year. This cost includes the average annual tuition cost ($23,144), books and supplies ($1,500), room and boarding ($11,238), and budget for other expenses ($3,312). For students seeking financial assistance, the university offers a number of options.
Highest Degree Offered
36% percentage of students who recieved an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.
Median Household Income
$60,452 per year
Campus Emergency Phones
Mobile Campus Emergency Alert
On-campus housing facilities are offered to the students who wish to remain nearby. At CAU, $11,238 is the normal expense for on-campus housing, which a student will be needed to pay, each year. Clark Atlanta University has several dining and meal plan options for its students and the average meal plan at CAU costs around $4,016 per year. The university considers the safety and security of its students to be paramount. At CAU, campus safety and security features include 24-hr security patrol, campus emergency phones, 24-hr escort safety rides and mobile campus emergency alert. There are around 24% male and 76% female students enrolled at the university.
Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
Median Earnings 10 Years After Graduation
Students Receiving Gift Aid
Average Aid Per Year
Students Receiving Federal Grants
Average Aid Per Year
Average Grant & Scholarship by Family Income
$30K - $48K
$48K - $75K
$75K - $110K
Total Needs based Scholarships/Grants
Total Non-Needs based Scholarships/Grants
The financial aid department of Clark Atlanta University helps students by assisting them with scholarships, grants, and student loans in the event that they find the fees and the cost of living at the campus to be expensive. The average financial aid at Clark Atlanta University is around $15,088 and the federal grant is $5,280. Prospective students can benefit from state-level aid worth $3,234 as well as institutional aid worth $15,088. At CAU, the total amount of need-based scholarships/grants awarded to students stands at $33,303,007 per year. On the other hand, the total non-need-based scholarships/grants offered in a year add up to $256,025.