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Clark Atlanta University
223 James P. Brawley Dr SW
Atlanta, GA 30314-4385
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||Clark Atlanta University
Clark Atlanta University (CAU), incorporated in 1988, is a private, urban, coeducational, predominantly African-American institution of undergraduate, graduate, and professional education. Clark Atlanta University has inherited the historical missions and achievements of its parent institutions, Atlanta University, founded in 1865, and Clark College, founded in 1869.
As one of only two private, comprehensive, historically black universities in the nation that offer degrees from the bachelor's to the doctorate, CAU enrolls approximately 4,026 undergraduate and 1,178 full-time and part-time graduate students from forty states and fifty countries. The University is one of six institutions that make up the Atlanta University Center, the largest consortium of historically black educational institutions in the country.
Location and Community
One mile east of the campus lie the mirrored skyscrapers and modern expressways of Atlanta. The World Congress Center, the Civic Center, the Arts Alliance Center (home of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Atlanta Ballet Company), the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, the Atlanta Stadium (home of the Atlanta Braves baseball team), the Dome (home of the Atlanta Falcons football team), the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library, and outstanding entertainment features, such as Underground Atlanta, Stone Mountain Park, and Six Flags Over Georgia amusement park, mark Atlanta as the capital of the Sun Belt.
Clark Atlanta University requires that each student becomes familiar with the technology of the future. Instructional programs in business administration make extensive use of computers, and business education programs are taught in labs equipped with the latest in office automation devices. A model quantitative skills lab has been established to expand the University's pace-setting instructional support system in mathematics, statistics, and computer science. The Mass Media Arts Department houses one of the most complete broadcast training and production facilities in higher education. Clark Atlanta University students are exposed to real-world experiences through internship and cooperative education assignments with some of the leading local and national corporations and agencies.
The minimum number of semester hours that are required for graduation is 122. The normal load for a full-time student is 15 to 18 credit hours. The minimum load that a student may take to be considered full-time is 12 credit hours. A student may take more than 18 hours only if he or she has a grade point average of 3.25 or above or if the department chairperson approves. Every student must take prescribed core courses in English, general mathematics, computer literacy, literature, and social science, as well as other courses that are included under the general education program.
The Clark Atlanta University faculty is characterized by its deep and abiding concern for students and their academic well-being. The faculty is composed of 361 full professors, associate and assistant professors, and instructors. The faculty-student ratio is 1:16, which allows for the maximum interaction between faculty members and students. Faculty members serve as advisers to all of the student-organized groups on campus and generally make themselves available for participation in activities beyond their teaching responsibilities.
Army, Naval, and Air Force ROTC programs are available.
Clark Atlanta University is made up of the School of Arts and Sciences and the professional Schools of Business Administration, Education, Library and Information Studies, and Social Work. The University offers undergraduate courses that lead to the Bachelor of Arts degree in twenty-seven majors, as follows: accounting, art, business administration, early childhood education, economics, elementary/middle grades education, English, fashion design and fashion merchandising, French, general science education, German, history, mass media arts, mathematics, music, music education, office administration, philosophy, physical education, political science, psychology, religion, sociology, Spanish, and speech communication and theater arts. The Bachelor of Science degree is offered with majors in biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, and physics. The Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) degree is also offered.
Facilities and Resources
CAU houses one of the most advanced microcomputer-equipped instructional centers of any university its size. This center is used heavily by students for review study in all of the general education courses at the University. The open-stack library that serves CAU is a cooperative venture of the Atlanta University Center; in addition to volumes, it houses audiovisual aids to study, periodicals, microfilm reader facilities, study carrels, and private study areas. Students in the natural sciences have access to modern laboratories operated by the Science Research Center, another facility operated jointly by the Atlanta University Center members.
Members of the faculty are known for their warm and dedicated spirit. They provide the quality of instruction necessary to ensure that their students become productive, creative, and socially responsible citizens. The family spirit at CAU is enhanced by the many traditions that are celebrated each year on campus, including the induction services for freshmen, the United Negro College Fund Drive, Homecoming, Consolidation Day, and the Spring Arts Festival. There are more than sixty chartered student organizations, special interest clubs, and academic honor societies on campus.
Elected representatives of the student body serve on the University Trustee Board to ensure that students' interests are voiced in the highest governing body of the University. Student government representatives are elected in the spring of each year by vote of the student body. The Student Government Association (SGA) traditionally assumes leadership in many matters that contribute to the overall effectiveness and quality of life in the University community. A partnership exists between the SGA and the University administration.
Sports / Varsity Athletics
The athletic program at Clark Atlanta University receives the support of students, faculty, staff, and alumni. The University is an NCAA Division II school and is a charter member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC). Sports include baseball, basketball, football, golf, tennis, and track and field for men and basketball, tennis, track and field, and volleyball for women.
Tuition is $17,522. Room costs ranged from $3970 to $4984 per year. Board for the year is $2440 for two meals per day and $2846 for three meals per day. The student center fee is $200 per year and the technology fee is an additional $200 per year.
Financial Aid / Scholarships
In order to be considered for financial aid, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This application determines eligibility for federal aid and institutional aid. Georgia residents should complete the Georgia Tuition Equalization Grant (GTEG) and Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally (HOPE) applications. All out-of-state students should complete their state's application(s) for grants or scholarships available for students who will attend out-of-state postsecondary institutions. The FAFSA may be secured from high school guidance offices. All forms and current information about financial aid may be secured from the CAU financial office. The financial aid application deadline is April 1.
Admission Requirements / Application
Admission is based solely on the qualifications of the applicant and is decided without regard to race, creed, or any other considerations irrelevant to scholastic aptitude, academic achievement, and desire to achieve in an academic community. The Admissions Committee considers, among other factors, the high school record, college entrance exam scores, letters of recommendation, and a one-page essay.
Clark Atlanta University admits students on a rolling admission basis. However, applications submitted by March 1 for the fall semester and by October 1 for the spring semester receive priority consideration. A processing fee of $35 must accompany the completed application to Clark Atlanta University. This fee is neither refundable nor transferable to another term regardless of the admission decision. It should be paid by cashier's check or money order made payable to Clark Atlanta University. Before action can be taken on an application, the applicant must submit an official copy of the high school transcript, SAT or ACT scores, an essay, and two recommendations. Transfer applicants must submit official transcripts from all colleges previously attended and two letters of recommendation.
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