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Clark Atlanta University Data & Information Overview

Great Price Value for Your Money
58% Acceptance Rate
10% Student Loan Default Rate
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How Well Is Clark Atlanta University Ranked?

#1,976 Best Colleges in Nation
#58 Best Colleges in GA
Social Work Highest Ranked Major

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Overall Quality

CAU landed the #1,976 spot in College Factual's 2024 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,217 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking.

CAU is also ranked #58 out of 68 schools in Georgia.

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Is It Hard to Get Into CAU?

58% Acceptance Rate
80% Of Accepted Are Women
19% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

If you're applying to Clark Atlanta University you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 58%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

Average Test Scores

About 19% 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 543. Math scores were between 410 and 510.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Clark Atlanta University  ( 450 to 543 )

SAT Math Scores for Clark Atlanta University  ( 410 to 510 )
CAU received ACT scores from 8% 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 )

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Clark Atlanta University Faculty

18 to 1 Student to Faculty
63% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At Clark Atlanta University, this ratio is 18 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

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 63%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  63 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Clark Atlanta University

70% Freshmen Retention
31% On-Time Graduation Rate

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

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full-time students who get their bachelor's degree with four years. At CAU this rate is 31%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  31 out of 100

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

Clark Atlanta University Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,951 Full-Time Undergraduates
87.5% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
76.6% Percent Women

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?

$35,170 Net Price
93% Take Out Loans
$34,628 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of CAU is $35,170. 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 +

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 93% of students took out student loans averaging $8,657 a year. That adds up to $34,628 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at CAU is 9.9%. This is about the same as the national default rate of 10.1%.

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How Much Money Do CAU Graduates Make?

$39,369 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from CAU with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $39,369 in their early years. This is in the same neighborhood of the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year. However, certain majors may produce higher-paying graduates.


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

Location of Clark Atlanta University

Georgia State
2,951 Full-Time Undergraduates
Large City Campus Setting
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

Clark Atlanta University Majors

34 Majors With Completions
611 Undergraduate Degrees
190 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 34 majors graduated from Clark Atlanta University. Of these students, 611 received undergraduate degrees and 190 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 MajorsBachelor’s DegreesAverage Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management117$36,161
Radio, Television & Digital Communication101$19,894
General Biology71$23,727
General Psychology65$24,229
Criminal Justice & Corrections53$24,583
Design & Applied Arts38$19,408
Social Work16NA
Computer Science15NA
Drama & Theater Arts14NA

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

Online Learning at CAU

51% Take At Least One Class Online
2% Take All Classes Online

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 2020-2021, 2,055 students took at least one online class at Clark Atlanta University. This is a decrease from the 3,776 students who took online classes the previous year.

YearTook at Least One Online ClassTook All Classes Online

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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.


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