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Clark Atlanta University is a private, black university located in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1988, Clark College and Atlanta University (both founded in the 1860s) consolidated. Atlanta University was started by the American Missionary Association with help from the Freedman's Bureau. Before the two schools consolidated, Atlanta University was the country's oldest African-American school. In the 1870s, Atlanta University began granting bachelor's degrees to students who became black teachers and librarians. It gradually expanded its curriculum to include the liberal arts, social and natural sciences, social work, library science and business administration. In 1941, 1944 and 1946 respectively the Schools of Library Science, Education, and Business Administration were established.

When Clark College was established in 1869 by the Freedmen's Aid Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church (now the Methodist Church), the University was named after Bishop Davis W. Clark, the Freedmen's Aid Society's first President. The current President of Clark Atlanta University as of 2008, is Dr. Carlton E. Brown, the third President for the University.

Clark Atlanta University rests on 126 acres. There are over 2,500 undergraduate students. According to the US News and World Report, it received the 2014 Best Colleges ranking for National Universities which is Tier 2. Tuition and fees for 2013-2014 are $21,000. Three fourths of the students are female. One fourth are male. The application deadline is June 1, and about two-thirds of applicants are accepted. The Panthers (the team nickname) participate in NCAA Division II sports.

Students have the option of 40 areas of study. There are graduate programs in education and in business. Clark University has 80 organizations. There are 8 Greek fraternities and sororities. Alumni include Ralph Abernathy, a civil rights leader and Louis Tompkins Wright who was the first black surgeon at Harlem Hospital in New York City to head the Department of Surgery. Other alumni include Henry O. Flipper, the first African-American man to graduate from West Point. W.E.B. DuBois, a civil rights activist, taught social work at the university.

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