In 1988, a university was formed in Georgia considering the high need of proper and professional education. Clark Atlanta University (CAU) is one of the universities that was founded in 1988, in Atlanta, Georgia, with the consolidation of Clark College and Atlanta University. This university is a non-profit private institution, particularly coeducational preserving the rights of the historically Black university. It is directed affiliated with the United Methodist Church and is the largest of all United Negro College Fund (UNCF) colleges.
CAU’s consolidated Atlanta University was founded by the American Missionary Association (AMA) in 1865. It was one of the oldest prevailing African-American graduate schools of the nation. In the 1930’s, the Atlanta University got affiliation from Spelman and Morehouse colleges, and later this new collaboration was known as the Atlanta University System. But with the passage of time and due changes, the Atlanta University System is now popularly known as Atlanta University Center.
Dr. W.E.B. DuBois was one of the most prominent personalities who used to teach at the Atlanta University. DuBois started his journey by moving to Atlanta in 1897 and pursued the teaching profession after finding the Atlanta University’s School of Social Work. He remained there till 1910 and dedicated most of his time teaching and doing social work. He was also the founder member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the Director of its first publication. He later returned to the Atlanta University in 1934 after leaving the famous (NAACP) due to a feud with the organization’s leadership and remained with university till 1944.
In 1869, Freedman’s Aid Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church founded the Clark College. The College offered its first degree in 1880 to all the graduating students, after several relocations in Atlanta city. Later in 1930, Clark College joined Atlanta University System, and after their advantageous results, this consolidation gave birth to Clark Atlanta University in 1988.
Clark Atlanta University is a complete four year school that offers undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and specialist professional degrees as well as many other certifications. It is a private university that is affiliated with the Methodist church with an undergraduate enrollment of around 3,380 students. The massive majority of the student is from the Black community, but luckily the enrollment is open for all citizens. The ration of females is more as compare to makes and the student to faculty ratio is extremely comfortable. And above all, Clark Atlanta University is one of the two Black colleges that are classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a Research University/ High Research Activity (RU/H).