Clayton State University

2014 Quick Stats
2000 Clayton State Boulevard

Morrow, GA 30260

Phone: (678) 466-4000
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Jul. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#66 Overall Score: 42 out of 100. Regional Colleges (South)

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Clayton State University is a public institution that was founded in 1969. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,808, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 163 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Clayton State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (South), 66. Its in-state tuition and fees are $6,078 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $18,280 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

"One-on-one" describes the educational experience at Clayton State, where small classes and personalized support from faculty and staff are the standard and the new and unique University Center will blend student life and learning. One of a few dozen "Notebook Universities" in the U.S., all students and faculty have laptop computers at Clayton State, giving graduates a competitive edge. Minutes from Atlanta, with the most diverse student body in the Southeast, Clayton State attracts students from around the world and around the corner.

General Information

School type public
Year founded 1969
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $1,123,486


When applying to Clayton State University, it's important to note the application deadline is July 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due July 1. The application fee at Clayton State University is $40. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 39.4 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 39.4%
Application deadline July 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by July 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Clayton State University is 19:1, and the school has 42 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Clayton State University include: Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies; Community Psychology; Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management; and Business Administration and Management, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 65.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 19:1
4-year graduation rate 11%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 15%
Community Psychology 12%
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management 11%
Business Administration and Management, General 6%

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Student Life

Clayton State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,808, with a gender distribution of 29.8 percent male students and 70.2 percent female students. At this school, 13 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 87 percent of students live off campus. Clayton State University is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 7,140
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

Clayton State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, and health service. Clayton State University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, and lighted pathways/sidewalks. Of the students at Clayton State University, 90 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Clayton State University.

Students who have cars on campus 90%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At Clayton State University, 88 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $5,807.

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In-state tuition and fees $6,078 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $18,280 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,132 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics
Financial aid statistics

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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