Sixteen-year-old Tennessee student, Emory Pruitt, is already making history as she is one of Clark Atlanta University’s youngest students every according to a university press release


Pruitt enrolled at the age of 15, at Clark Atlanta University, one of the nation’s prestigious HBCU’s, to attend the university for fall 2020, after having graduated early with an impressive 3.7 GPA.

“We are honored that this exceptional young woman chose Clark Atlanta University to continue her studies and we look forward to supporting her through all of her endeavors,” said Lorri Saddler, Associate Vice President/Dean of Admissions said in the press release. “Ms. Pruitt has already accomplished so much in just 16 years and we know she’ll continue to build on her successes.”

Pruitt has faced many obstacles in life that did not deter her from educational success. 

“It actually was the dedication and my family that pushed me each day,” said Pruitt, in an interview with “I should thank the people that doubted me; that just made me work even harder.”

Emory isn’t the only Pruitt that will attend Clark Atlanta .University The school also admitted her brother Elijah for the same academic year. 

Clark Atlanta University was formed with the consolidation of Atlanta University and Clark College, both of which hold unique places in African-American history. Atlanta University, established in 1865 by the American Missionary Association, was the nation’s first institution to award graduate degrees to African-Americans. Clark College, established four years later in 1869, was the nation’s first four-year liberal arts college to serve a primarily African-American student population.

Today, there are nearly 4,000 students on the CAU campus, making it the largest of the four institutions, (CAU, Morehouse College, Spelman College and Morehouse School of Medicine), that comprise the Atlanta University Center Consortium. It is also the largest of the 37-member UNCF institutions.

Congratulations to both of the Pruitt siblings! Great things are on the horizon for both of you!

Tiffany Silva

Tiffany Silva

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