Clayton State University is set on lakeside wooded property in Morrow, Georgia just a quick drive from the vibrant city of Atlanta. The school offers more than 30 bachelor degree programs, six master programs, as well as several associate degrees and there are also online courses as well. Although a lot of students are recent high school graduates, it’s been noted that a good percentage of students on campus are non-traditional adult learners, making this an ideal community for career professionals seeking advanced degrees.
The university’s academic programs include the following schools and colleges:
- School of Graduate Studies
- School of Business
- School of Nursing
- College of Information and Mathematical Sciences
- College of Professional Studies
- College of Arts and Sciences
For students seeking an advanced education, the school also provides an Honors Program. To be accepted, students must be in their junior year at the university, hold a minimum grade point average of 3.5 and have been involved in community service projects.
In addition, a continuing education program is offered with the partnership of JER Online and Gatlin Education. Some courses can be taken online while others are taken at the many locations within the metropolitan area. These courses are designed to help enhance professional skills and provide career training.
There are several degrees agrees available that are only offered online. Students can earn the Master of Archival Studies, the Master of Science in Nursing, and the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology. In addition, a bachelor of science in Integrated Studies is offered, and students can earn a bachelor of applied science (BAS) in Administrative or Technology Management, which can be completed all online or in a combination method of traditional classes on campus plus online learning.
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The school is open to all students looking to further their education including high school graduates, transfer students, transient students, and international students.
Prospective students can apply online at the school’s website. Admission is selective; students are evaluated on a number of criteria before being accepted into the university. Some criteria may include academic performance and SAT/ACT test scores.
Once accepted, all first-time students are required to attend the New Student Orientation, including transfer, international, and high school students.
There are a variety of financial aid options to help fund students’ education here. All Georgia residents are encouraged to apply for the HOPE (Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally) program and the Zell Miller Scholarship.
Students interested in federal grants or loans need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to see if they qualify for Pell Grants, Parent PLUS Loan, the GRADPLUS Loan, the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), and the Work Study Program.
The Student Access Loan (SAL) is only for Georgia residents and consists of a random drawing and the school determines the amount that can be borrowed.
Also available are private loans, which the student will need to research, and the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant.
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A wide range of students, including degree-seeking students, continuing education students, and transferring students are attracted to this school. Campus life provides a variety of opportunities for students to get involved. Students can live on campus, join student organizations, and cheer on their sports teams, the Clayton State Lakers. There is also Greek Life, performing arts, volunteer opportunities, intramural sports, and a fitness center. The campus also has a library open seven days a week for easy access to a number of resources.
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The following sports teams are included in the athletic division: men’s and women’s basketball, and soccer, as well as men’s golf, women’s tennis, cross country, and track and field.
The Lakers compete in the National College Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II, and are part of the Peach Belt Athletic Conference.
Clayton State University also offers intramural sports for students who love to play, but who cannot commit to an official sports team.
Accreditation is provided by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
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