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2000 Clayton State Boulevard
Morrow, GA 30260-0285
p. 678-466-4000
w. www.clayton.edu

Clayton State University

Clayton State University Rating: 2.9/5 (45 votes)

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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.

Financial Aid

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.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 2770th for the average student loan amount.
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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.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


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.

Information Summary

Ranks 21st in Georgia and 949th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 2 0.03
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 6 0.09
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 7 0.11
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 4 0.06
Robbery 17 0.26
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 64 0.98
Larceny 727 11.13
Vehicle theft 47 0.72

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Morrow, GA 30260-0285
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population23,275 (23,275 urban / N/A rural)
Households8,208 (2.80 people per house)
Median Household Income$40,978
Families5,748 (3.30 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Baccalaureate Colleges — Diverse Fields
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (business dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time four-year
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District1305

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1401st for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,699 $3,699 $13,461
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,454 $1,454 $1,454
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $154 $154 $561
FT Graduate Tuition $6,030 $6,030 $24,030
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,454 $1,454 $1,454
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $335 $335 $1,335
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $18,830 $18,830 $28,592
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $20,703 $20,703 $30,465
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $9,253 $9,253 $19,015

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $4,926 $5,014 $4,926 $5,014 $14,216 $14,537
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $2,000(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,634 $8,862
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,500(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $12,222 $10,059
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,500(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,500(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$40
Graduate Application Fee$75
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 2,046 (710 male / 1,336 female)
Admitted 976 (381 male / 595 female)
Admission rate 48%
First-time Enrollment 545 (230 male / 315 female)
FT Enrollment 457 (187 male / 270 female)
PT Enrollment 88 (43 male / 45 female)
Total Enrollment7,261

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Peach Belt Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Peach Belt Conference

ACT Test Admission

1269th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 44%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 22
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 21
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 21

SAT Test Admission

1140th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 71%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 440 / 520
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 420 / 510
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 860 / 1030

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,300
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$6,187
Board Fee$3,390

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 14 771 42 54 3 297 26 1,237
Accounting 1 14 1 2 12 1 31
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 21 4 4 8 38
Business Administration and Management, General 4 84 2 2 20 113
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other 13 1 2 6 1 25
Business/Commerce, General 7 1 1 1 11
Chemistry, General 3 1 1 5
Community Psychology 90 4 3 2 27 4 132
Computer Science 1 1 4 6
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 6 2 2 2 12
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 34 1 1 4 3 44
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist 10 3 8 8 29
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 5 1 1 8
English Language and Literature, General 9 1 13 25
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 2 4 6
General Office Occupations and Clerical Services
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 9 3 2 16
Historic Preservation and Conservation
History, General 4 11 16
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management 1 93 3 6 1 6 1 115
Information Science/Studies 3 4 7
Information Technology 1 11 2 1 5 21
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching 14 1 9 26
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 64 2 18 3 87
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 102 4 4 42 154
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management 1 15 3 2 2 23
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 1 9 4 2 5 1 23
Mathematics Teacher Education 1 3 4
Mathematics, General 1 3 1 3 8
Music, General 6 3 9
Office Management and Supervision 28 2 8 1 42
Philosophy 4 4
Political Science and Government, General 6 2 5 14
Psychology, General 1 2 3
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 75 6 4 46 3 136
Sociology 6 1 2 9
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 14 1 4 20
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 3 9 2 1 15

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2222nd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $60,639 ($62,673 male / $59,388 female)
Number of FT Faculty 216 (104 male / 112 female)
Number of PT Faculty 296
FT Faculty Ratio 0.7 : 1
Total Benefits $4,429,706

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