Clark Atlanta University

Clark Atlanta University Data & Information Overview

Want the scoop on Clark Atlanta University? We’ve put together a comprehensive report on the school that covers what majors CAU offers, how the school ranks, how diverse it is, and much 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?

2022 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 75 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is general education.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked CAU as #2,254 out of 2,576 colleges and universities in the country on its 2022 Best Colleges list.

CAU also holds the #70 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

If you're applying to Clark Atlanta University you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 59%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

Average Test Scores

About 68% 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 450 and 530. Math scores were between 430 and 510.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Clark Atlanta University  ( 450 to 530 )

SAT Math Scores for Clark Atlanta University  ( 430 to 510 )
CAU received ACT scores from 35% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 17 and 20.

ACT Composite Scores for Clark Atlanta University  ( 17 to 20 )

Learn more about Clark Atlanta University admissions.

Clark Atlanta University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

At Clark Atlanta University, the student to faculty ratio is 19 to 1. Compared to the national average of 15 to 1, this is somewhat high. This could mean that class sizes may be larger than they are at other colleges or universities or that professors may be required to teach more classes.

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 59%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  59 out of 100

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 63%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  63 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When it comes to finishing their studies on time, those seeking a bachelor's degree from CAU have a four-year graduation rate of 34%. This is comparable to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  34 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Clark Atlanta University.

Clark Atlanta University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 3,096 undergraduates at CAU with 2,951 being full-time and 145 being part-time.

How Much Does Clark Atlanta University Cost?

The overall average net price of CAU is $34,263. 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 +
$32,199 $33,305 $36,438 $37,905 $38,154

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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At CAU, approximately 89% of students took out student loans averaging $7,319 a year. That adds up to $29,276 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at CAU is 13.4%. This is higher than the national default rate of 10.1% so you should proceed with caution when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do CAU Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from CAU make around $35,500 per year during the early years of their employment. This is about 11% less that the average pay for college graduates overall. However, graduates with your major may make more.


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 located in Atlanta, Georgia. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

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Contact details for CAU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 223 James P Brawley Drive, Sw, Atlanta, GA 30314-4391
Phone: 404-880-8000

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, 694 received undergraduate degrees and 186 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 147 $37,640
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 124 $24,351
General Psychology 73 $21,632
Criminal Justice & Corrections 62 $25,194
General Biology 53 $26,063
Design & Applied Arts 44 $19,592
Social Work 23 $32,925
General Education 22 NA
Political Science & Government 20 NA
Accounting 19 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 is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2019-2020, 3,776 students took at least one online class at Clark Atlanta University. This is an increase from the 31 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 3,776 3,776
2018-2019 31 31
2017-2018 10 10
2016-2017 0 0
2015-2016 0 0

Learn more about online learning at Clark Atlanta University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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