Clark Atlanta University

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School Overview

Located in Atlanta, Georgia, Clark Atlanta University is a historically black, private university. Clark Atlanta was formed by the convergence of two higher-learning institutions: Clark College, a liberal arts college established in 1869, and Atlanta University, a graduate school instituted in 1865.

The Washington Monthly included Clark Atlanta on its list of “Best Colleges and Universities” in 2008. The university was also ranked at number 24 on US News & World Report’s list of 34 best historically black colleges and universities. Clark Atlanta is affiliated with the United Negro College Fund.

Clark Atlanta’s athletes, known as the Panthers, compete within Division II of the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Among the competitive sports for women are tennis, volleyball, softball, cross country, track & field, and basketball, while men can participate in football, basketball, baseball, cross country, and track & field.

General Information

Admission Office
223 James P. Brawley Drive, SW
101 Trevor Arnett Hall
Atlanta, GA 30314-4391
(404) 880-8784
(800) 688-3228
Fax: (404) 880-6174

Contact: Kevin Williams
Director of Admissions
Main Address
223 James P. Brawley Drive, SW
Atlanta, GA 30314-4391
(404) 880-8000

Total undergrads: 3,380
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 823
Degree-seeking undergrads: 3,380
Graduate enrollment: 688

Urban setting
Very large city (over 500,000)
Commuter campus

Degrees offered:


Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $35

Online application fee: $35
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 57%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 73%

College Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Fashion Design B
Music – General B
Theater Literature/History/Criticism B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business Administration/Management B
Business/Managerial Economics B

Communications & Journalism

Radio, television, and digital communications B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B
Computer/Information Sciences – General B


Early Childhood Education B
Education – General B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B
Speech/Rhetorical Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature

French B
Spanish B


History – General B


Mathematics – General B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Social Work B

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies B

Social Sciences

Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Clark Atlanta University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (404) 880-8000
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online:
Address: 223 James P Brawley Drive, SW, Atlanta, GA 30314-4391
Setting: City: Large
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 3,920
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 40%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 19 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:
Distance Learning Students*: 3,889 (99% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $23,144
Out-of-state Tuition: $23,144
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 97%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $10,223

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Clark Atlanta University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Clark Atlanta University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 2
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 111
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 33
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 21
Education 2251
English Language and Literature/Letters 21
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 221
History 11
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 11
Mathematics and Statistics 11
Philosophy and Religious Studies 2
Physical Sciences 231
Psychology 1
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 121
Social Sciences 221
Visual and Performing Arts 4
Grand total 228257

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Clark Atlanta University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $23,144
Out-of-state $23,144
Books and supplies $1,500

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $17,796
Out-of-state $17,796

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 888 97%
Grant or scholarship aid 746 81% $10,223
Student loan aid 795 87% $7,763

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 2,752 83% $11,308
Federal student loans 2,830 85% $6,981

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Clark Atlanta University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Clark Atlanta University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 16,483 3,781 12,702
Percent admitted 100% 55% 55%
Percent admitted who enrolled 5% 5% 5%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Clark Atlanta University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 3,920
Undergraduate enrollment 3,318
Graduate enrollment 602

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Clark Atlanta University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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