Clark Atlanta University Details

Email Address admissions@cau.edu
Co_Education Yes
Campus Address 101Trevor Arnett Hall 223 James P. Brawley
City Clark Atlanta
State Georgia
Zip 30314
Phone 404-880-6605
Total Enrollment 5798
Motto Iíll Find a Way or Make One (Atlanta University); Culture for Service (Clark College)
Level of Selectivity Slightly competitive
Location Clark Atlanta is located in the metropolitan city of Atlanta, the capital of Georgia, with a population of over two million. The city is served by mass air, rail, and bus lines. Local transportation on the MARTA provides easy access to the downtown area, the airport, and virtually anywhere in the metropolitan area. The campus is located 1 mile west of the downtown area, close to the quaint shops of Underground Atlanta. Students have access to fine dining, world-class shopping, art galleries, museums, and the Atlanta Symphony and Ballet. Major league sports teams include the Atlanta Hawks, Braves, Falcons, and Thrashers. Major recording artists frequent the city. Points of interest include the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Change, the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library, Stone Mountain Park, and the Six Flags Over Georgia Amusement Park. Other activities include boating, fishing, and golfing. The World Congress Center hosts many national conferences. The city of Atlanta is an international center for business, banking, and social change, offering students many professional opportunities.
History Clark Atlanta University (CAU) is a four-year, private, comprehensive, coed liberal arts university, established in 1988 as a result of a merger between Atlanta University (founded in 1865) and Clark College (founded in 1869).The American Missionary Association, with assistance from the Freedmenís Bureau founded Atlanta University. In 1930, undergraduate courses were discontinued and Atlanta University became a graduate and professional school. Before consolidation, Atlanta University was the nationís oldest graduate institution serving a predominantly African American student body. Clark College was founded in 1869 as Clark University by the Freedmenís Aid Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church, which later became the United Methodist Church. Its purpose was to provide blacks in the south with a formal education. The institution was chartered by the state of Georgia in 1877. The first bachelorís degree was awarded in 1883. In 1940, the name was changed to Clark College. Clark Atlanta University combines the rich history of two historically black schools to offer the foundation necessary to acquire the knowledge, skills, and confidence essential for modern society. It exists today as the only totally private, urban, historically black university in the country. Its comprehensive academic programs culminate in the bachelorís, masterís, and doctoral degrees in many fields. Situated on 62 acres, the thirty-building campus includes a $45 million state-of-the-art research center and the Catherine Hughes Art Gallery, which houses one of the largest African-American art collections in the world. This traditionally black University is a United Negro College Fund (UNCF) member school. CAU is part of the Atlanta University Center, cluster of six predominately black colleges and universities.
Band Program Yes
Religious Affiliation No
Accrediation Clark Atlanta is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, masterís, and doctorate degrees.
Costs per Year 2002Ė03 Tuition: $12,314 Room and board: $6,440 Special fees: $800 Books: $800 Estimated total cost: $20,354
In State Tuition 12314
Out of State Tuition 12314
Financial Aid-Institutional Funding Percentage of students receiving financial aid: 85 The Aetna Life and Casualty Foundation Scholarship is for students who do not qualify for federal and state loan programs.
Financial-Aid Deadline July 15; continuous notification
Admission Deadline March 1 (Fall priority); October 1 (Spring
Entrance Requirements Entering students must have graduated from an accredited high school (or equivalent) and submitted an official high school transcript including completion of the following 17 units: 4 English, 3 math, 3 social science, 2 natural sciences, 2 foreign language, and 3 electives. Two letters of recommendation from a high school teacher and counselor, an essay, an interview, and a nonrefundable $35 application fee are also required.
Graduation Requirements A minimum of 122 credits and completion of core requirements, including 3 hours of math, 3 hours of science, and one computer course.
Student Body Profile Total enrollment: 5,798 Undergraduates: 4,391 Graduate students: 1,407
Diversity 0
Student Life Campus Services: Health clinic, personal and psychological counseling, career counseling and placement, late night escort service. Campus Activities: Social activities include theater, concerts, chorale, dances, and bands. The Universityís Spring Arts Festival is an annual event attracting musicians, artists, writers, actors, dancers, and lecturers from throughout the nation. Students are encouraged to get involved with the student publications or the student-run jazz radio station, WCLK-FM. CAU-TV, the Universityís cable station, is Atlantaís first and only educational access television station. Leadership opportunities are found in the Student Government Association (SGA) and more than 50 other groups. Greek sororities include Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Sigma Gamma Rho, and Zeta Phi Beta; fraternities include Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, and Phi Beta Sigma. Honor societies include Alpha Kappa Mu and nine departmental honor societies. Many opportunities exist for CAU students to interact with students at other Atlanta University Center institutions, including Spelman College, Morehouse College, Morris Brown College, Interdenominational Theological Center, and Morehouse School of Medicine. Housing Availability: Freshman housing guaranteed; 1,039 housing spaces within eight dormitories; advanced payment required to guarantee housing.
Faculty Profile Number of faculty members: 250 Full-time faculty members: 200 Part-time faculty members: 50 Student-teacher ratio: 23:1
Athletic Program CAU is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division II and a charter member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC). Intercollegiate Sports: menís baseball, basketball, football, tennis, and track and field; womenís basketball, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. Intramural Sports: basketball, softball, track and field, and volleyball. Athletic Clubs: golf. Athletic Contact: Director of Athletics, 223 James P. Brawley Drive, Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, Georgia 30314; Telephone: 404-880-8126; 404-880-8397 (fax).
NCAA Yes
NAIA Yes
School Calender August-May (semesters) Commencement and conferring of degrees: May One summer session.
Website http://www.cau.edu/
Degrees Bachelor of Arts: Accounting, Art, Art Education, Business Administration, Business Education, Early Childhood Education, Economics, Elementary Education, Middle Grades Education, English, English Education, Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising, French, French Education, German, History, History Education, Mass Media Arts, Mathematics, Medical Illustration, Music, Music Education, Office Administration, Philosophy, Physical Education, Political Science, Political Science Education, Psychology, Religion and Philosophy, Sociology, Spanish, Spanish Education, Speech Communication, Theater Arts Bachelor of Science: Allied Health (dual degree), Biology, Chemistry, Child Development, Community Health Education, Computer Information Science, Computer Science, Engineering (Civil, Chemical, Electrical, Mechanical, Environmental, Aerospace, Material, Architectural, and Computer, dual degree), Hotel Management, Mathematics, Medical Records Administration, Medical Technology, Nutrition, Physics, Social Work Bachelorís/Masterís Degrees: Computer Science, Physics Masterís Degrees: Accounting, Applied Physics, Behavior Disorders, Counseling Psychology, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Economics, Educational Leadership, English, Decision Science Information Systems, Finance, History, International Affairs and Development, International Affairs & Development and Public Health (dual), Information Systems, Library and Information Science, Learning Disabilities, Marketing, Mentally Handicapped Studies, Middle Grades Education, Physics, Political Science, Public Administration, School Counseling, Secondary Education, Social Work, Sociology Doctorate: Counseling, Early Childhood Education, Educational Leadership, English, History, International Affairs and Development, Middle Grades Education, Political Science, Secondary Education, Social Work Preprofessional Programs: Dentistry, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Pharmacy, Seminary Studies.
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