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IPEDS ID: 138947
OPE ID: 00155900
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Clark Atlanta University
223 James P Brawley Drive, SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30314-4391
General information:  (404) 880-8000
Website:  www.cau.edu/
Type:  4-year, Private not-for-profit
Awards offered:  Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Campus setting:  City: Large
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  3,776 (3,096 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  19 to 1
Admissionswww.cau.edu/admitted-portal/index.html
Apply Onlinewww.cau.edu/admitted-portal/adm-steps.html#section-40163e94a386e885aa7b14f181ded076
Financial Aidwww.cau.edu/financialaid/index.html
Net Price Calculatorcau.studentaidcalculator.com/survey.aspx
Disability Serviceswww.cau.edu/studentlife/Counseling and Disability Services/index.html
Mission Statement
  Building on its social justice history and heritage, Clark Atlanta University is a culturally diverse, research-intensive, liberal arts institution that prepares and transforms the lives of students. CAU is located in the heart of Atlanta which is the epicenter of the Civil Rights Movement and modern center of emerging technologies and innovation. Ignited by its history, CAU is committed to delivering education that is accessible, relevant, and transformative.
Carnegie Classification
Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity
Religious Affiliation
United Methodist
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Other Characteristics
Historically Black College or University
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army, Navy, Air Force)
Teacher certification
Distance education – graduate programs offered
Study abroad
Student Services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Credit for life experiences
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2020Full timePart time
Total faculty199106
Instructional177105
Research and public service221
Total graduate assistants-2
Instructional-2
Research-0
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2017-20182018-20192019-20202020-2021% change 2019-2020 to 2020-2021
Tuition and fees$21,892$22,186$23,144$21,695-6.3%
Books and supplies$1,500$1,500$1,500$1,90026.7%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$10,878$11,156$11,238$11,5062.4%
Other$3,112$3,312$3,312$3,3120.0%
Off Campus
Room and board$10,878$11,156$11,238$11,5062.4%
Other$3,112$3,312$3,312$3,3120.0%
Off Campus with Family
Other$3,112$3,312$3,312$3,3120.0%
Total Expenses2017-20182018-20192019-20202020-2021% change 2019-2020 to 2020-2021
On Campus$37,382$38,154$39,194$38,413-2.0%
Off Campus$37,382$38,154$39,194$38,413-2.0%
Off Campus with Family$26,504$26,998$27,956$26,907-3.8%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2020-2021
Tuition$14,814
Fees$650
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2019-2020
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid179798%————
Grant or scholarship aid70186%$7,076,070$10,094
Federal grants58972%$3,062,083$5,199
Pell grants58972%$2,926,503$4,969
Other federal grants526%$135,580$2,607
State/local government grant or scholarships16721%$573,850$3,436
Institutional grants or scholarships33441%$3,440,137$10,300
Student loan aid72489%$5,298,757$7,319
Federal student loans72089%$4,282,715$5,948
Other student loans8210%$1,016,042$12,391
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid12,854$35,272,808$12,359
Pell grants2,281$11,465,548$5,027
Federal student loans2,814$19,670,787$6,990
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
2017-20182018-20192019-2020
Average net price$27,143$27,931$29,100
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2017-20182018-20192019-2020
$0 – $30,000$31,511$32,199$33,219
$30,001 – $48,000$32,094$33,305$34,229
$48,001 – $75,000$34,190$36,438$36,906
$75,001 – $110,000$35,905$37,905$39,081
$110,001 and more$36,750$38,154$39,194
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2020
Total enrollment3,776
Undergraduate enrollment3,096
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment147
Graduate enrollment680
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 95%
Part-time: 5%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 24%
Female: 76%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 0%
Black or African American: 87%
Hispanic/Latino: 0%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 0%
Two or more races: 0%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 11%
Non-resident alien: 1%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 96%
25 and over: 4%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 24%
Out-of-state: 76%
Foreign countries: 0%
Unknown: 0%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2019.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 73%
Part-time: 27%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 100%
Enrolled in some distance education: 0%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 0%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 100%
Enrolled in some distance education: 0%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 0%
  • In Fall 2020, Clark Atlanta University temporarily moved instruction to remote learning formats.
Undergraduate application fee (2020-2021): $35
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2020
TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants15,6133,73611,877
Percent admitted59%52%61%
Percent admitted who enrolled9%9%8%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommendedConsidered but not required
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
RecommendationsX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2020 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
SAT53168%
ACT27635%
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
NOTES:
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing450530
SAT Math430510
ACT Composite1720
  • Clark Atlanta University suspended the submission of SAT or ACT scores for a limited term: Academic Year 2020-2021 and Academic Year 2021-2022 given the nationwide exam facility closures.
  • Clark Atlanta University suspended the submission of SAT or ACT scores for a limited term: Academic Year 2020-2021 and Academic Year 2021-2022 given the nationwide exam facility closures.
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 63%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2019 and Returned in Fall 2020
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 80 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2020.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2014
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 42%
Transfer-out rate: 17%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2012]
4-year: 34%
6-year: 45%
8-year: 45%
[Began in Fall 2014]
4-year: 28%
6-year: 42%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2012 or Fall 2014
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 38%
Female: 44%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2014 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 67%
Black or African American: 42%
Hispanic/Latino: 50%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 37%
Non-resident alien: 73%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2014 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • Alternative measures of student success are reported by degree-granting institutions to describe the outcomes of degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students who are not only first-time, full-time students, but also part-time attending and non-first-time (transfer-in) students. These measures are also reported for students receiving Pell grants and those students that do not receive Pell grants. These measures provide the 8-year award-completion rates by award level (certificates, associate's and bachelor degrees) after entering an institution. For students who did not earn any undergraduate award after 8-years of entry, the enrollment statuses are reported as either still enrolled at the institution, or subsequently transferred out of the institution. Unlike the Graduation Rates data, all reporting institutions must report on their transfer outs regardless if the institution has a mission that provides substantial transfer preparation.
FULL-TIME, FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2012-13
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 46%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 40%
[Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 43%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 42%
[Non-Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 54%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 35%
PART-TIME, FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2012-13
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 20%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 73%
[Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 100%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 0%
[Non-Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 14%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 79%
FULL-TIME, NON-FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2012-13
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 51%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 29%
[Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 50%
Enrolled at same institution: 1%
Enrolled at different institution: 30%
[Non-Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 52%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 26%
PART-TIME, NON-FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2012-13
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 46%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 38%
[Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 57%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 14%
[Non-Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 33%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 67%
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2019-2020
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterDoctorPostgraduate
Certificate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies
African-American/Black Studies-4--
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other-4--
Category total-8--
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General5301-
Category total5301-
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Accounting193--
Business Administration and Management, General14719--
Business/Managerial Economics50--
Category total17122--
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, Other124---
Category total124---
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General13---
Computer Science910--
Category total2210--
Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services-12--
Early Childhood Education and Teaching11--0
Education, General22---
Education, Other-8--
Educational Leadership and Administration, General-6110
Secondary Education and Teaching-1--
Special Education and Teaching, General-0--
Category total3327110
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General110--
Rhetoric and Composition4---
Category total150--
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
French Language and Literature00--
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General--0-
Spanish Language and Literature00--
Category total000-
History
History, General20--
Category total20--
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies627--
Category total627--
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Humanities/Humanistic Studies--9-
Category total--9-
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General94--
Category total94--
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Philosophy1---
Religion/Religious Studies2---
Category total3---
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General467-
Chemistry, Other-0--
Physics, General03--
Category total497-
Psychology
Psychology, General73---
Category total73---
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Public Administration-13--
Social Work23494-
Category total23624-
Social Sciences
Political Science and Government, General2014-
Sociology, General70--
Category total2714-
Visual and Performing Arts
Art/Art Studies, General10---
Fashion/Apparel Design44---
Music, General5---
Theatre Literature, History and Criticism14---
Category total73---
Grand total694150360
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Educational Benefits, 2019-2020
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 89
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 7
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 0
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 0
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $16,089
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $14,312
RETENTION RATES
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS PURSUING BACHELOR'S DEGREES
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS PURSUING BACHELOR'S DEGREES
Full-time students: 80%
Retention rate is the percentage of undergraduate students who began their studies in academic year 2013-14 and returned in academic year 2014-15
2019-2020 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division II with footballMenWomen
All Track Combined26
Baseball21
Basketball1614
Football79
Softball19
Tennis8
Track and Field, X-Country6
Volleyball12
Institutional Accreditation
AccreditorStatusNext Review Date
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on CollegesAccredited since (01/01/1990)12/08/2026
Programmatic Accreditation
Accreditor / ProgramStatusNext Review Date
 No Longer Recognized  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 schoolsAccredited since ((!)01/01/1976)TBD
  • (!) Estimated date
  • For more detailed information on accreditation for this institution, including all actions and justification for actions, visit OPE's Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs: ope.ed.gov/dapip/#/institution-profile/110936.
On-Campus
Criminal Offenses201620172018
a. Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
b. Negligent manslaughter000
c. Rape022
d. Fondling011
e. Incest000
f. Statutory Rape000
g. Robbery442
h. Aggravated assault100
i. Burglary1299
j. Motor vehicle theft210
k. Arson000
VAWA Offenses201620172018
a. Domestic violence120
b. Dating violence445
c. Stalking010
Arrests201620172018
a. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.112
b. Drug abuse violations7813
c. Liquor law violations010
Disciplinary Actions201620172018
a. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.100
b. Drug abuse violations1186
c. Liquor law violations200
On-Campus Student Housing Facilities
  • On-campus Student Housing Facilities statistics are a subset of On-Campus statistics.
Criminal Offenses201620172018
a. Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
b. Negligent manslaughter000
c. Rape022
d. Fondling011
e. Incest000
f. Statutory Rape000
g. Robbery421
h. Aggravated assault000
i. Burglary1087
j. Motor vehicle theft000
k. Arson000
VAWA Offenses201620172018
a. Domestic violence010
b. Dating violence344
c. Stalking010
Arrests201620172018
a. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.111
b. Drug abuse violations579
c. Liquor law violations000
Disciplinary Actions201620172018
a. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.100
b. Drug abuse violations976
c. Liquor law violations200
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • The crime statistics displayed only includes On-Campus data associated with the main campus as listed on College Navigator. For statistics associated with each campus location, off campus data, and for additional information covering Hate Crimes, and Fire statistics see https://ope.ed.gov/campussafety.
  • The On-Campus data do not include incidents that: (a) took place on public property, including thoroughfares, streets, sidewalks, and parking facilities, that is within the campus, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus; (b) took place on any building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) took place on any building or property owned or controlled by an institution that is used in direct support of, or in relation to, the institution's educational purposes, is frequently used by students, and is not within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the institution.
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201820172016
Default rate9.9%13.4%10.9%
Number in default127174150
Number in repayment1,2751,2981,366
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)