Clark Atlanta University is a leading private, urban, co-educational institution of higher education in downtown Atlanta, Georgia.
The historically black university delivers high-standard education, teaching, scholarship, and research facilities, with special emphasize on liberal arts.
Clark Atlanta University was ranked a national university by the U.S. News & World Report, in 2004, and is one among the nation’s top 10 institutions to be recognized as the "Top College for African Americans" by Black Enterprise magazine.
The university, established in 1865 by the American Missionary Association, granted only bachelor’s degrees in its early stages. It was the nation’s oldest graduate institution serving the African-American students.
Later, the campus was moved to its present location. For the next 20 years, it underwent a series of advancements until the Schools of Library Science (1941), Education (1944), Business Administration (1946), and Social Work (1947), were added.
Clark College began its services as the Clark University, founded in 1899 by the Freedmen’s Aid Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The first class was held in a small furnished room in Clark Chapel, a Methodist Episcopal Church in Atlanta's Summerhill section.
Named in honor of Bishop David W. Clark, the first president of the society, the school was shifted to the Whitehall and McDaniel Street property. In 1877, it was chartered as Clark University, which later in 1940 became the Clark College.
In July 1988, Clark College joined with Atlantic University to form Clark Atlanta University.
Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Clark Atlanta University confers 34 baccalaureates, seven baccalaureates/masters, 25 masters, eight doctoral, and 12 specialist programs through its five schools - the Schools of Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Education, Library and Information Studies, and Whitney M. Young Jr. School of Social Work.
Clark Atlanta University houses 37 buildings on its 126-acre main campus. The Robert W. Woodruff Library, of the Atlanta University Center (AUC), has more than 375,000 volumes.
The University Art Gallery, through its exceptional collectibles, is dedicated to preserving American history and culture. In addition, the Department of Athletics offers a total of 14 intercollegiate sports for men and women.