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Clark Atlanta University 2020-2021 Admissions: Acceptance Rate, Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

Hitaishi Bhatia Hitaishi Bhatia
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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.

  • The institute accepts applications for the spring and fall semester while the School of Business only accepts applications on a rolling basis for the fall semester.
  • Applicants should send all the mandatory documents and transcripts supporting applications to the Office of Admissions.
  • Candidates must deposit a non refundable fee of 55 USD when applying at the institute.
  • The university observes an early decision deadline of November 1 which is a recommended deadline. Applicants applying by this deadline are eligible for admission by the beginning of January.
  • It must be noted that students need to submit transcripts and diplomas with original signature or seal of the school.
  • Students willing to apply for financial aid must complete applications by priority deadline February 1.
  • Proper Health Insurance is mandatory for all students before getting admitted into CAU.


Application PortalOnline portal
Application Fee (non-refundable)55 USD
Average SAT score (Combined)1050
Average ACT score (Composite)20
Mode of PaymentCredit card, money order or cashier’s check
Academic CalendarSemester wise
Intake SeasonsSpring/ Fall
Work ExperienceNot mandatory but recommended
Financial AidGrants/ scholarships/ loans and employment

Admission Deadlines

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:

Undergraduate applicants

Early Action DeadlineNovember 1
Priority DeadlineFebruary 1
Final DeadlineMay 1

Candidates who complete applications by the early action deadline are likely to get admission decisions by January 1.

Graduate applicants

SemesterApplication Deadline
Fall semesterApril 1 (Priority deadline)
July 1 (Final deadline)
Spring semesterOctober 1 (Priority deadline)
November 15 (Final deadline)

Clark Atlanta University International Student Admissions

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.

How to apply?

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:

  • Completed application form with application fee
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended high school (Transcript evaluation service should be availed from World Education Services (WES).
  • Official scores of English proficiency tests (either TOEFL or IELTS)
  • Completed Guidance Counselor Recommendation Form
  • Completed Teacher Recommendation Form
  • Resume is an optional requirement
  • Personal essay within 500 words

English Proficiency Test Scores

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:

ExamMinimum Requirement for UndergraduatesMinimum Requirement for Graduates
TOEFL – IBT32 or 34-

Visa Process for International Students

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:

  • Submit documents required for issuance of I-20 that include financial evidence and a copy of the biographical page of the applicant.
  • Once CAU receives the above mentioned documents, an I-20 package will be issued. The package will contain visa application details and invitation to the International Student Orientation.
  • Students must pay the required amount of SEVIS I-901 fee online.
  • Following this the students must arrange an appointment with the nearest US embassy/ Consulate.

Clark Atlanta University Undergraduate Admissions

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:

  • Official high school transcripts or GED certificate
  • International students must submit English proficiency test scores of TOEFL/ IELTS instead of SAT or ACT.
  • Recommendation letter from high school counselor
  • Recommendation letter from high school teacher
  • Updated resume (optional)
  • Essay within 500 words on either of the topic:
    • How do you feel CAU would prepare you for future leadership?
    • Who has had the greatest influence in your life this far, and why?

Clark Atlanta University Graduate Admissions

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:

RequirementsMBA (full time)Master of EconomicsSchool of Arts and SciencesSchool of EducationSchool of Social Work
Application Fee55 USD55 USD55 USD55 USD55 USD
GMAT/ GRERequiredRequiredRequiredNot requiredNot required
Personal essayRequired, 3 essaysRequired, 3 essaysNot requiredNot requiredNot required
Letter of IntentNot requiredNot requiredRequiredRequiredRequired (in the form of autobiographical statement)
Work experienceNot requiredNot requiredNot requiredNot requiredNot required
Recommendations*Required, 3 lettersRequired, 3 lettersRequired, 3 lettersRequired, 3 lettersRequired, 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.

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