Clark Atlanta University

Mailing Address: 223 James P. Brawley Dr. SW, Atlanta, GA 30314-4391

Rank on 2008 List: 13

Rank on 2006 List: N/A

Average GPA: 2.9

Matriculation Rate of African Americans: 40%

Number of Students Enrolled: 4271

African American Students Enrollment: 3737

Number of Applications: 11,000

Acceptance Rate: 50%

*Average SAT Scores: Reading: 410-490; Math: 400-480; Writing:N/A

Black Student Group(s): NAACP

Summer Program(s): Math Camp, Science Camp, Band Camp

Application Deadline(s): March 1

Early Admissions Deadline(s): Dec. 1

Start Sending Acceptance Letters: September-May (rolling)

Financial Aid Options/Deadline(s): April 1

Costs: Tuition : $17,038; Room & Board: $7,120

Greek Letter Organizations: Alpha Kappa Alpha, Alpha Phi Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Omega Psi Phi, Sigma Gamma Rho, Zeta Phi Beta, Kappa Alpha Psi, Phi Beta Sigma, Iota Phi Theta


*25th Percentile-75th Percentile


Kevin L. Williams, Ph.D., Director of Admissions

What are you looking for in a student?

We look for students who have completed a rigorous college prep curriculum in high school and who show promise as future CAU students. We look for students who are eager to learn in an academically challenging environment so that they can become leaders in whatever field or profession they choose to make a positive change in their community, country, and the world. We look for students that have at least a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale, a 900 SAT score in Verbal and Math combined, or 19 composite score on the ACT.

What advice do you have for students who fall short of the requirements?

It depends on how short the student falls. We do give students an opportunity, especially if they apply early enough, to get their ACT or SAT score up to our minimum level by delaying an admissions decision. We also advise students who are not admitted out of high school to apply as a transfer student. [He/she can] go to a regionally accredited college or university, earn 12 semester hours or 18 quarter hours of college-level courses, earn a minimum of a 2.5 GPA, and could be considered for admissions as a transfer student. Once a prospective student has attended another college or university, their high school record is no longer considered in the admissions process as a transfer student.

How does the university weigh GPA, SAT scores, extracurricular activities, recommendations, and the college essay during the application process?

All of those are important in the admissions process. While the GPA and test scores are major factors in the admissions decision, the essay and recommendations are important because they can give us a broader understanding of a prospective student’s potential for success. Extracurricular activities give us insight as to how students manage both an active