Clark Atlanta University is a private, not for profit, coeducational university associated with the Atlanta University and Clark College that offers bachelor, master, specialist and doctoral programs.Courses are offered in 40 unique areas of study through its various schools. The schools operating under this reputed institute of the US Education System include arts and sciences, business administration, education and social work.
The University today has almost 4000 students that comprise 3% international population. The acceptance rate of 58% makes it a moderately competitive university. Nearly 14,000 applications are received every year by the institute and only 8,000 of them are offered places. The institute thus requires its candidates to have an impressive overall profile and splendid GPA when seeking admission at the university.
Some of the salient points regarding admission procedure of Clark Atlanta University are as compiled below.
|Application Portal||Online portal|
|Application Fee (non-refundable)||55 USD|
|Average SAT score (Combined)||1050|
|Average ACT score (Composite)||20|
|Mode of Payment||Credit card, money order or cashier’s check|
|Academic Calendar||Semester wise|
|Intake Seasons||Spring/ Fall|
|Work Experience||Not mandatory but recommended|
|Financial Aid||Grants/ scholarships/ loans and employment|
Admissions to plethora of courses offered by the university are available for intakes in the spring and fall semesters the details for which can be found in the table below:
|Early Action Deadline||November 1|
|Priority Deadline||February 1|
|Final Deadline||May 1|
Candidates who complete applications by the early action deadline are likely to get admission decisions by January 1.
|Fall semester||April 1 (Priority deadline)|
|July 1 (Final deadline)|
|Spring semester||October 1 (Priority deadline)|
|November 15 (Final deadline)|
The institute recommends a balanced college preparatory curriculum to include coursework as 4 units in English, 3 units in Mathematics, 3 units in Electives, 3 units Natural Science, 2 units in Social Science and 2 units in Foreign Language. However, applicants not having 2 units in foreign language shall also be considered for admission but will have to take a language course at CAU.
Application Portal: Common Application or Clark Atlanta University Application
Application Fee: 55 USD
Admission Requirements: The following documents must be completed and sent to the Office of Admissions for applying to the university as an international student:
International students who have graduated from non-English speaking secondary schools must submit scores of English proficiency tests such as TOEFL/ IELTS in place of SAT or ACT. This requirement does not apply to students who hold a diploma from institutions who teach in English. The minimum scores required to apply are given in the table below:
|Exam||Minimum Requirement for Undergraduates||Minimum Requirement for Graduates|
|TOEFL – IBT||32 or 34||-|
|TOEFL – PBT||-||500|
|TOEFL - CBT||-||173|
Once admission of the applicant is confirmed, an official from the Office of International Programs will get in touch with the student and take them through the further steps to acquire I-20 and start the visa process. The steps to be followed for international student visa to study in the USA are as follows:
For admission to CAU, applicants will be reviewed through a holistic approach where the high school GPA, standardized test scores of SAT/ ACT, leadership qualities, community activity, talents and skills and educational goals. The previous batch has an average high school GPA of 3.45, average SAT (combined) score of 1050 and average ACT (composite) score 20.
Where to Apply: Common Application or Clark Atlanta Application
Application Fee: 55 USD
Admission Requirements: For applying to the CAU, students must send a complete application package with all required documents that have been listed below:
Graduate students at CAU are offered degree and non-degree certificates programs through 4 distinct schools: arts and sciences, business administration, education and social work. Applicants willing to apply to the institute to fulfill their dream of studying in the USA must complete the online application and pay the application fee.
This will activate the admission process but before any decision for admission can be passed, students must submit the necessary documents to the Director of Student Recruitment and Admissions.
The following table will give detailed information regarding the course-wise requirements:
|Requirements||MBA (full time)||Master of Economics||School of Arts and Sciences||School of Education||School of Social Work|
|Application Fee||55 USD||55 USD||55 USD||55 USD||55 USD|
|GMAT/ GRE||Required||Required||Required||Not required||Not required|
|Personal essay||Required, 3 essays||Required, 3 essays||Not required||Not required||Not required|
|Letter of Intent||Not required||Not required||Required||Required||Required (in the form of autobiographical statement)|
|Work experience||Not required||Not required||Not required||Not required||Not required|
|Recommendations*||Required, 3 letters||Required, 3 letters||Required, 3 letters||Required, 3 letters||Required, 3 letters|
*Out of the 3 recommendation letters required, 2 must be from former teachers or instructors while one from a previous employer or supervisor.
The School of Business Administration accepts applications only in the fall for which deadline to apply is April 1. The average GMAT and GPA requirement to apply to CAU’s School of Business are 450-550 and 3.0 on 4.0, respectively.
The decision of the admission committee is determined by considering various aspects. Besides, academic records and standardized scores, qualities of leadership and community service as well as educational and career goals and its alignment with the University. All newly admitted international students will be invited to attend a compulsory New International Student Orientation.