Academic Catalog

The Campus

Clark Atlanta University is a single campus institution and does not operate any off-site locations. The campus, listed as a Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places, contains fourteen mid-nineteenth century buildings and a variety of historic landscapes contributing to the Atlanta University Center Historic District, established in 1976.

The University is one of five member institutions (Clark Atlanta University; Interdenominational Theological Center, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine; Spelman College) of the Atlanta University Center Consortium (AUCC) the only Historically Black Consortium of private colleges and universities in the nation. A unique benefit afforded students attending one of the AUCC institutions is that they may cross register for courses at any of the undergraduate schools in the Center. This arrangement provides an opportunity for formal interactions among the AUCC’s larger student population of approximately 9,000 students.

The University’s 126-acre main campus is located on 223 James P. Brawley Drive about 1.5 miles southwest from the heart of metro downtown Atlanta, Georgia and is accessible from all major arteries – I-20, I-75/I-85, and I-285 of the State and the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

The University's convenient location provides easy access to Downtown Atlanta which offers a vibrant hub of rich and diverse culture-infused attractions such as Centennial Olympic Park, the Georgia Football Hall of Fame, World of Coca-Cola, Georgia Aquarium, CNN Center, Imagine It Children’s Museum and world class sports facilities: Mercedes Benz Stadium home of professional sports teams such as the NFL's Atlanta Falcons and Major League Soccer team, the Atlanta United; and State Farm Arena home of the NBA's Atlanta Hawks and WNBA's Atlanta Dream Basketball teams. Other attractions include; the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum, Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and the Atlanta Zoo.

The downtown area offers myriad amenities for year-round educational adventures and is accessible to arts galleries and museums with extraordinary exhibits; theatres and musical entertainment; churches and houses of worship; business centers, antique shops, boutiques and outlet centers, hotels and fine cuisine dining; sports facilities, and recreation parks for outdoor hiking and trails to explore the beautiful landscape of the city.

Directions to Clark Atlanta University

Traveling From I-75/85 North or South:

Take I-20 West. Exit at Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard. Turn right onto Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard and continue to Fair Street. Turn right onto Fair Street and continue to James P. Brawley Drive. The campus is on both sides of the street.

Traveling From Downtown:

Take Centennial Olympic Drive past the CNN Center (Phillips Arena) to Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive. Turn right onto Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive. Turn left onto Northside Drive and continue to Fair Street. Turn right onto Fair Street (south). The campus is ahead on both sides of the street.

Traveling From I-20 East (Westbound):

Exit at Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard. Turn right onto Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard and continue to Fair Street. Turn right onto Fair Street and continue to James P. Brawley Drive. The campus is on both sides of the street.

Traveling From I-20 West (Eastbound):

Exit at Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard. Turn left onto Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard and continue to Fair Street. Turn right onto Fair Street and continue to James P. Brawley Drive. The campus is on both sides of the street.

Note: Visitor parking is available in the LAZ parking deck at the corner of Fair Street and Mildred Street.

Campus Buildings

Clark Atlanta University’s  33 educational, general fund and auxiliary buildings are pedestrian-friendly and neatly organized to accommodate its academic, administrative, student residential, recreational and support services, intercollegiate athletics, and miscellaneous operations.

There are ten academic buildings with electronic interactive classrooms, computer labs, reading and learning labs and meeting and conference rooms dedicated to support our teaching and learning mission. All undergraduate and graduate academic programs and offices in the School of Arts and Sciences (Communication Arts, Humanities, Natural and Mathematical Sciences, and Social Sciences) are located in Sage-Bacote Hall, McPheeters-Dennis Hall, Oglethorpe Hall, Knowles Hall, Park Street Music and Art Complex, and Robert W. Woodruff Library (lower-level). Undergraduate and graduate programs and offices in professional schools are located in their respective academic buildings: School of Business Administration in Wright-Young Hall; School of Education in Clement Hall; and Whitney M. Young Jr., School of Social Work in Thayer Hall. Additional classes are also held in Carl and Mary Ware Academic Center with state-of-the-art teaching technology and electronic classrooms.

Thomas W. Cole, Jr., Research Center for Science and Technology, a Center of Excellence in Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development, supports the University’s research mission by facilitating interdisciplinary and collaborative research initiatives and sponsored programs between the University and national and federal laboratories, other universities, and industry, including small and minority high technology companies.

There are seven educational and co-curricular support facilities committed to the student services: Bishop Cornelius L. Henderson Student Center, Trevor-Arnett Hall, Haven-Warren Hall, Harkness Hall, Kresge Hall, Vivian W. Henderson Center/Gymnasium, and Robert W. Woodruff Library. There are five University operated residential facilities (Beckwith Hall, Brawley Hall, Holmes Hall, Merner Hall, Pfeiffer Hall,) and two affiliated facilities (CAU Suites, Heritage Commons) to accommodate more than 2,127 resident students.

Other campus facility resources provided to students include dining facilities located in the Student Center and snack and beverage vending machines available in several buildings on campus. Athletic facilities are provided for recreational/intramural and intercollegiate NCAA Division II competition in Men’s and Women’s sports (Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Track and Field, Softball, Tennis, and Volleyball). A variety of fitness and recreation opportunities include exercise equipment, outdoor tracks, basketball and tennis courts, a 1,500 seat gymnasium and a 6,430 seat stadium.

Campus Sustainability

Clark Atlanta University has assumed a leadership role in worldwide sustainability design, construction and operations through research, education, and community engagement. The University students, faculty, staff and community partners are committed and dedicated to promoting and preserving environmental sustainability across all campus initiatives including LEED-certified buildings, water conservation and landscape management, reducing energy consumption and emissions, recycling, and ensuring that sustainability issues remain an integral part of the University’s academic curriculum and co-curricular experience. To learn more about CAU’s campus and community sustainability activities visit