My HBCU Experience: Clark Atlanta University + AUC

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Youtuber, Ashley Meeks, gives her own personal HBCU experience at Clark Atlanta University. From her roommate situation to the cafeteria life, Ashley gives her perspective along with helpful advice for students who are looking to attend CAU. In doing so, she also touches upon the great opportunity to make friends from colleges within the Atlantic University Consortium (AUC) such as Morehouse and Spelman College. Ashley decided not to look into predominantly white institutions (PWIs) not only because her family members are alumni, but she also knew the HBCU experience would be an unforgettable one. Philanthropist, MacKenzie Scott, just recently donated $15 million to Clark Atlanta which became the largest single gift in the university’s history.

Clark Atlanta University is a private Methodist HBCU located in Atlanta, Georgia. It was founded just three months after the civil war ended in 1865 as Atlanta University, making the college the first HBCU in the Southern United States. Clark Atlanta offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in four schools— School of Arts & Science, School of Business, School of Education, and School of Social Work. In fact, the university is the most comprehensive institution within the Atlanta University Center (AUC), offering over 40 degrees at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels.

CAU’s athletic teams, known as the Panthers, compete in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) in NCAA Division II. They offer popular sports such as baseball, basketball, football, and track & field for both men and women. In addition to sports, all nine of the National Pan-Hellenic Council currently have active chapters along with other greek letter organizations outside of the Divine Nine (D9).


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