Clark Atlanta University is a private, historically black university in Atlanta, Georgia. It was formed in 1988 with the consolidation of Clark College (founded in 1869) and Atlanta University (founded in 1865). Clark Atlanta University is a member of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) & it’s nickname is the Black Panther. Their colors are Red, Black, and Gray and their motto is I’ll Find a Way or Make One.
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223 James P Brawley Drive, S.W., Atlanta, Georgia 30314-4391
Phone: (404) 880-8000
Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Doctor’s degree – research/scholarship
Campus housing: Yes
Student population: 3,941 (3,267 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio: 17 to 1
- Atlanta University, founded in 1865 by the American Missionary Association, with later assistance from the Freedmen’s Bureau is the nation’s oldest graduate institution serving a predominantly African-American student body.
- Clark College was founded in 1869 by the Freedman’s Aid Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church, which later became the United Methodist Church.
- The University was named for Bishop Davis W. Clark, who was the first President of the Freedmen’s Aid Society.
- In 1871, the school relocated to a new site on the newly purchased Whitehall and McDaniel Street property.
- By the late 1870s, Atlanta University had begun granting bachelor’s degrees and supplying black teachers and librarians to the public schools of the South.
- In 1877, the School was chartered as Clark University.
- For purposes of economy and efficiency, during the 1930’s, it was decided that Clark would join the Atlanta University Complex.
- In July 1, 1988 Clark Atlanta University was created.
The main campus, with 39 academic, administrative, and student support buildings spanning over 126 acres of land, is located about 1.5 miles southwest from the heart of metro downtown Atlanta, Georgia. The University is accessible from all major arteries – I-20, I-75, I-85, and I-285 of the State and Hartsfield Jackson International Airport.
- Total full-time teaching faculty number = 171
- 76% of whom hold terminal degrees
- 62% have tenure status
- Faculty-student ratio is 1:17
The University offers 38 major areas of study through four schools – Arts and Sciences; Business Administration; Education; and Social Work and awards Bachelor’s, Master’s, Specialist, and Doctoral degrees. Highest enrolled undergraduate fields: Biology, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Mass Media Arts, Psychology.
- Undergraduate: $17,954
- Room and Board: $8, 124
- Graduate: $719/semester hour
- Fees: $710 for all students
- The University has five Centers of Excellence with specialties in Business; Cancer Research; Computational Intelligence; Education; and Mass Media Arts and provides students an International Education/Study Abroad program.
- There are more than 80 chartered student organizations including four (4) social fraternities and four (4) social sororities.
- As a NCAA Division II Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference member, the University provides athletic opportunities in varsity sports: Men – baseball, basketball, football, track/field & cross-country; Women – basketball, softball, tennis, track/field & cross-country, volleyball.
The Alumni of Clark Atlanta University are the largest, most loyal, permanent constituency of the institution. The Office of Alumni Relations and Development (OAR) is a direct liaison between Clark Atlanta University and her 30,000 alumni constituency. The mission of the Office of Alumni Relations and Development is to encourage alumni to support Clark Atlanta University and to help them build a life-long bond with the institution.
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