Clayton State University Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Clayton State University

Clayton State University is a four-year public institution situated in Morrow, Georgia. Clayton State’s 7,000 students can choose from eight master’s degree programs and 40 baccalaureate degree options. It offers many student organizations and clubs, intramural athletics, and fraternities and sororities. The Clayton State Lakers field 12 intercollegiate sports and play in the NCAA Division II Peach Belt Conference (PBC); their women’s basketball team holds an NCAA Division II National Championship.


  • Total Enrollment: 7,038 (6,597 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 31% Male/69% Female
  • 59% Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $6,554 (in-state); $19,956 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $2,024
  • Room and Board: $10,397
  • Other Expenses: $2,529
  • Total Cost: $21,504 (in-state); $34,906 (out-of-state)

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 94%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 87%
    • Loans: 64%
  • Mean Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $4,806
    • Loans: $7,302

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Degree options: Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies; Community Psychology; Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management; Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; and Office Management and Supervision

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 71%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 378%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 10%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 31%

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Track and Field
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Cheerleading-Dance Team, Cross Country, Soccer, Track and Field

Overview of Clayton State University Admissions

Clayton State is relatively selective; over half of applicants will not be admitted to the institution. Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being accepted. Applicants must complete an online application, and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Glowing recommendation letters can bolster your application, along with being involved with student organizations and attempting a challenging course load. Interested students should check out the university’s website, which has helpful tips and contact information for the admissions offices.

Admissions Data

  • Clayton State University Acceptance Rate: 54%
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Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for Clayton State University, then it should be easy for you to gain admissions to the schools below. If Clayton State University is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

Texas Southern University, Bennett College, California State University Dominguez Hills, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, Pine Manor College, Paul Quinn College, Wiley College

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for Clayton State University, then you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill, Southern Vermont College, Buffalo State College, Alabama State University, College of St. Elizabeth, Albertus Magnus College, Bloomfield College

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will Be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than Clayton State University. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, then you’ll be a competitive candidate for these schools.

State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill, La Salle University, University of Texas at El Paso, University of California, Merced, California State University Sacramento, California State University Northridge, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, California State University East Bay

Applying to Clayton State University

Application Deadline: July 1

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