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Clark-Atlanta University

Clark-Atlanta University

Location: Atlanta, Georgia
School Size: 3,096 undergraduate students
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Clark Atlanta University is a large, private, urban, coeducational University with a predominantly African-American student body. It was founded by the merger of Atlanta University, which solely provided graduate degrees, with Clark College, a four-year liberal arts college. Students from a variety of racial, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds can pursue undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees and certificate programs.

Dr. Thomas W. Cole, Jr., was the first President of Clark Atlanta University, having previously served as President of Atlanta University and Clark College. The Boards of Trustees of Atlanta University and Clark College authorized an investigation into the potential benefits of closer working arrangements between the two schools, including consolidation into one University, in November 1987, after more than a year of discussion. The joint committee presented its report, Charting A Bold New Future: Proposed Combination of Clark College and Atlanta University, to the Boards of Trustees for approval in April 1988. According to the assessment, the two schools should be combined into a single institution. The Boards of both Clark College and Atlanta University decided to merge the two universities on June 24, 1988, resulting in Clark Atlanta University. The new and historic University inherits the rich traditions of two separate institutions that have been linked over time by a shared legacy and devotion, as well as personal, business, and consortia links and geographic proximity.