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Clark Atlanta University makes Forbes List of America's Top Colleges

8/6/2013, 1:53 p.m.
Clark Atlanta University (CAU) has been listed in the top 650 American colleges and universities by Forbes magazine. CAU ranks ...

ATLANTA – Clark Atlanta University (CAU) has been listed in the top 650 American colleges and universities by Forbes magazine. CAU ranks #625 and is one of only 16 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to make the list.

For the sixth year, to produce the list, Forbes has partnered exclusively with the Washington, D.C.-based Center for College Affordability and Productivity. Forbes looked at factors that directly concern today’s incoming students (and their families) who will be footing a bill: Will my classes be interesting? Is it likely I will graduate in four years? Will I incur a ton of debt getting my degree? And once I get out of school, will I get a good job and be a leader in my chosen profession?

CAU President Carlton E. Brown said, “Given a still struggling American economy and a population of students who have traditionally been underserved, we are delighted for our inclusion in the Forbes list of top colleges. Also, with our classification as a Research institution, researchers in such areas as prostate cancer, nanotechnology and safe drinking water are steadfast in their work, and our stellar faculty members continue to demonstrate high expectations.”

This year, which marks the university’s 25th anniversary, CAU qualified for the installation of two national honor societies, Phi Eta Sigma and Phi Kappa Phi. Phi Eta Sigma is the first and largest honor society devoted to the achievement of the first-year college student. CAU is only the third HBCU with a chapter. Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society, and the university is the first private HBCU to be granted a chapter.

“These societies will serve as new platforms for the pursuit of academic excellence to prepare our students for global responsibility,” said Brown.

Visit Forbes.com for the complete listing of top colleges and universities.