Clark Atlanta University (CAU)

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CAU is a historically black college found in Atlanta, GA. Around 4,300 students are enrolled at CAU.

Many of the students admitted to this school had an SAT score in the range of 940 to 1080, or got accepted with an ACT composite score within the range of 17 to 20. Based on sampled GPA data collected and applied, it is estimated that the CAU average GPA range for accepted students is around 2.80 - 2.97. About 50% of all students which applied were accepted at CAU, and from those that were granted acceptance nearly 9% continued on to attend. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall CAU Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Clark Atlanta University was reported as 54.8% in Fall 2020 with over 16,500 college applications submitted to Clark Atlanta University. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • CAU ACT Scores: 17 - 20
  • CAU Average GPA: 2.80 - 2.97

How Hard Is It to Get into Clark Atlanta University?

Applicant Selectivity: Low

When considering the average GPA and SAT/ACT scores of students accepted to Clark Atlanta University and comparing to other schools nationwide, applicant selectivity is lower than most other schools.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2024 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2024-2025 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Clark Atlanta University has been on a downward trend over the past few years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 71.8%
  • 2017-2018: 57.9%
  • 2018-2019: 51.8%
  • 2019-2020: 54.8%
  • Projected CAU Acceptance Rate 2024-2025: 52.7%

How Does CAU Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for CAU is three percent lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Spelman College43.4%
Morehouse College99.8%
Agnes Scott College64.8%
Oglethorpe University67.6%
Life University95.6%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to CAU (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading480 - 550
Math460 - 530
Total Score940 - 1080
ACT®Score Range
English0 - 0
Math0 - 0
Composite Score17 - 20
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