Clark Atlanta University is a comprehensive, private, urban, coeducational institution of higher education with a predominantly African-American heritage; CAU was formed by the consolidation of Clark College, a four-year undergraduate institution oriented to the liberal arts, and Atlanta University, which offered only graduate degrees. CAU's mission is to provide the highest quality of education and training for a student body which is predominantly African-American but which is becoming increasingly diversified by students from other racial, ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic, backgrounds.
Clark Atlanta University is nationally recognized as the only private Historically Black University in the nation classified as a Doctoral/Research-Intensive University by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 2000 and was ranked a national university by U.S. News and World Report in its 2003 edition. With more than 300 full-time faculty members, the University offers a high-quality educational program which leads to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees.
Clark Atlanta University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.