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Clark Atlanta University in Georgia is the largest school in the 4-member Atlanta University Center Consortium, as well as the largest of the 37-member UNCF institutions. The school offers forty areas of study across four schools, and is the only private, independent graduate research HBCU, with the Center for Undergraduate Research and Creativity acting as a hub for research opportunities and coordinating funding for students to travel and share their findings. Research and faculty-student mentor relationships are a strategic priority of the university, with the most popular degrees coming out of the business administration, mass media arts, and biology programs. The General Education requirement at CU is designed to create well-rounded students with transferable skills, and it includes competencies in critical and ethical thinking, global awareness, and computer and information technology; understanding of these requirements is regulated through the Six-Step Annual Assessment and Improvement Process. Global perspectives are also imparted through the Office of International Programs, which encourages students to take part in the many study abroad programs available through the university.

Student Body

Although "primarily African-American," the CAU student body also includes "students from different orientations here: Asian, white, Hispanic." Students tend to be "goal-oriented," "headstrong," and "involved in various activities," to the point that they "love to be seen and want to be in the middle of everything." Most are committed to success in academics "but usually will not do more than what is expected of them." They want to enjoy the entire college experience by "striking a balance between the academic and the social," and they appreciate their access to "Atlanta and its party scene."

Campus Life

Life on and around the CAU campus includes a lot of options, ranging from "hands-on experience such as clubs and organizations" "that actually take part in organizing and make efforts to serve the community" to "parties every week, movies playing in the student center, plenty of shopping malls to go to," and guest lectures. And, of course, there's also Atlanta, the South's major metropolis and home to a near-endless selection of restaurants, nightclubs, museums, sporting events, and outdoor activities. The variety of choices means students can be "very spirited in every area from sports to bookwork," and most are. On the downside, students complain that facilities can be spotty ("the residential life department really needs to revamp its efforts") and that campus safety could improve.

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Office of Admissions
James P. Brawley Drive
Atlanta, GA 30314-4358



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Robert W. Woodruff Library
CAU Radio & Television Station
CAU Art Galleries
Heritage Commons Residence Hall
Henderson Student Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
CNN Studio
Wiorld of Coca Cola
Six Flags of Gerogia
Atlanta Aquarium
Underground Atlanta

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Varies
Times: Mon-Fri 10am and 2pm
Average Length: 30 min.

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions
Not Available


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available



Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Hartsfield International Airport in Atlanta is 12 miles from campus. Taxis, limousines, and MARTA trains (public transportation) are all available. Amtrak trains and Greyhound buses serve Atlanta. MARTA trains and buses (public transportation) are available for travel throughout the metropolitan area.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-75/85 (N. and S.), take I-20 W. and exit at Ashby St. Turn right on Ashby and continue to Fair St. Turn right on Fair and continue to James P. Brawley Dr. The campus is on the right; several parking lots are on the left. From I-20 E., exit at Ashby St. and turn left (north) to Fair St. From there follow the preceding directions. From I-20 W., exit at Ashby St. and turn right to Fair St. From there follow the preceding directions. From downtown, take Peachtree St. south to Martin Luther King Dr. and turn right. Continue to James P. Brawley Dr. and turn left. Continue to the next traffic light, which is Fair St. The university is ahead on both sides of the street. Brawley Dr. is closed to vehicular traffic at this point; park on either side of the street.


Applicants: 16,718
Acceptance Rate: 58%
Average HS GPA: 3.28



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