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Clark Atlanta University Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on Clark Atlanta University, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is Clark Atlanta University Ranked?

2021 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Clark Atlanta University was awarded 10 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is business, management and marketing.

Overall Quality

CAU landed the #1,273 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This is an improvement over the previous year, when CAU held the #1,408 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

CAU also holds the #25 spot on the Best Colleges in Georgia ranking.

See all of the rankings for Clark Atlanta University.

Is It Hard to Get Into CAU?

Acceptance Rate

Clark Atlanta University has an acceptance rate of 58%, which means the school is serious about who it admits. Take your time in putting together a strong application that highlights why you are a good fit for CAU.

Average Test Scores

About 54% of students accepted to CAU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 470 and 540. Math scores were between 440 and 530.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Clark Atlanta University  ( 470 to 540 )
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800

SAT Math Scores for Clark Atlanta University  ( 440 to 530 )
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CAU received ACT scores from 56% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 17 and 22.

ACT Composite Scores for Clark Atlanta University  ( 17 to 22 )
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Learn more about Clark Atlanta University admissions.

Clark Atlanta University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Clark Atlanta University is 20 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1. This may indicate that some of your classes will be larger in size than they would be at other schools. However, upper level classes will probably be smaller.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Clark Atlanta University is 61%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  61 out of 100
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Retention and Graduation Rates at Clark Atlanta University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate tells us what percentage of first-year, full-time students choose to continue on to their sophomore year at a particular school. The rate at Clark Atlanta University is 70%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  70 out of 100
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Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full time students who obtain their bachelor's degree in four years or less. This rate is 26% for first-time, full-time students at CAU, which is lower than the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  26 out of 100
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Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Clark Atlanta University.

Below Average Overall Diversity at CAU

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 3,302 undergraduates at CAU with 3,187 being full-time and 115 being part-time.

CAU Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and minorities. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

The overall diversity score for CAU is 26.56 out of 100. This is below average when compared to other schools in the United States.

Overall Diversity Score  26.56 out of 100
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How Much Does Clark Atlanta University Cost?

The overall average net price of CAU is $33,276. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for CAU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$31,511 $32,094 $34,190 $35,905 $36,750

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of CAU, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At CAU, approximately 90% of students took out student loans averaging $8,116 a year. That adds up to $32,464 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at CAU is 10.9%. This is about the same as the national default rate of 10.1%.

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How Much Money Do CAU Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from CAU make about $35,500 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is about 11% less that the average pay for college graduates overall. However, graduates with your major may make more.

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See which majors at Clark Atlanta University make the most money.

Location of Clark Atlanta University

Clark Atlanta University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Atlanta, Georgia. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

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Location of Clark Atlanta University

Contact details for CAU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 223 James P Brawley Drive, Sw, Atlanta, GA 30314-4391
Phone: 404-880-8000
Website: www.cau.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ClarkAtlantaUniversity
Twitter: http://twitter.com/cau

Clark Atlanta University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 34 majors graduated from Clark Atlanta University. Of these students, 483 received undergraduate degrees and 208 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 111 $35,000
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 89 $20,900
Criminal Justice & Corrections 55 $23,600
General Psychology 54 $19,900
Social Work 26 NA
Design & Applied Arts 23 NA
General Biology 23 $24,400
Accounting 14 NA
General Education 13 NA
Political Science & Government 11 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Clark Atlanta University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at CAU

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2017-2018, 10 students took at least one online class at Clark Atlanta University. This is an increase from the 0 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 10 10
2016-2017 0 0
2015-2016 0 0
2014-2015 0 0
2013-2014 0 0

Learn more about online learning at Clark Atlanta University.

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