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Overview
Founded in 1969, Clayton State University is in a large suburb with more than 250,000 residents. It is in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta GA area.
Highlights
Undergraduate program with the highest reported starting salary ($68K): Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing
Largest undergraduate program (118): Community Psychology
Address
2000 Clayton State Boulevard
Morrow, GA 30260
www.clayton.edu
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Accreditation:
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Institutional Control
Clayton State University is a public organization and is related to other schools.
Student Focus
Predominantly Black College or University
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Accreditation
Accreditation provides important oversight over a school's instructional practices and institutional stability.
Clayton State University holds an accreditation from one of the seven regional accreditors, which should ensure that credits earned transfer easily to other schools.
Accreditation History
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (Accredited July 1, 1971 - present)
  • The accreditation was recently renewed on December 4, 2014.
  • The next accreditation review is scheduled for December 10, 2024.
Undergraduate Students
Not all students attend their first college full time to completion. While some schools are focused on those that population, many schools focus on transfer and or part time students. What types of of student does this school support.
Full-time first-time students
Full-time transfer students
Part-time first-time students
Part-time transfer students
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SAT/ACT Scores
This table offers a hint of how high your test scores might need to be if you attend. For reference, a quarter of attending students earned lower, and a quarter earned higher.
SAT TestMiddle 50%
ERW460 to 520
Math420 to 500
 
ACT TestMiddle 50%
Composite18 to 22
Context: Average High School GPA
Last year's entering freshman class at Clayton State University had an average GPA of 3.10. This is a lower GPA than reported by 39% of the context schools.
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Admissions Details
Here are some important dates and little tidbits. Please double-check this information on the Clayton State University's webpage for the most up-to-date and accurate answers! We update this information with each school's annual reporting, but information can change unexpectedly. Select any item to view the details.
Admissions Criteria & Qualifications
Admissions Criteria & Qualifications
Clayton State University lists the following admissions priorities and requirements:
Very Important: standardized test scores and rigor of secondary school record
Important: application essay, recommendation(s), and class rank
Considered:
Not Considered:
The average test scores for all first-year degree seeking students are
  • SAT ERW: 462
  • SAT Math: 492
  • ACT Composite: 20
and the average high school GPA for these students was 3.1.
A high school diploma or GED is required.
Application Fee & Common App
Application Fee & Common App
Clayton State University has an undergraduate application fee of $40. We did not find Clayton State University on the Common Application site. Keep in mind that it never hurts to inquire with an Admissions office to see whether they might be willing to waive your application fee.
Freshman application dates
Freshman application dates
The application deadline for fall admission to Clayton State University is July 17, and SAT or ACT test scores must be submitted by July 1. This school notifies applicants of acceptance as they process applications.
Clayton State University also has an early action (usually nonbinding) program.
Acceptances can be deferred if a gap period is desired -- check with the admissions office.
Transfer application information
Transfer application information
Applicants are notified as applications are processed. Transfer students can begin studies in fall, spring or summer.
Credits accepted from new students
Credits accepted from new students
Clayton State University accepts the following credits:
  • Dual credit (college credit earned while in high school)
  • Advanced placement (AP) credits
Percentage of applicants who are accepted
A low percentage here can indicate that a school is highly selective. We think this is one of the least important numbers for you to consider.
Selectivity can be misleading
You may have heard that a high rejection rate is an indicator of a good school. However, this number can be gamed, and some schools started gaming the system to perform better in college ratings books and sites. Ididio believes a combination of good outcomes (e.g. successful graduation rates and loan repayments) along with indicators of a well-prepared student body (e.g. test scores and high school records) are the best indicators of a good academic experience for those who attend. Our advice is that you don't pay too much attention to this number as you decide whether you might be admitted.
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Percentage of accepted students who choose to attend
This is called the yield, and it suggests whether this was a first-choice school or a back-up school for most applicants. Even the most prestigious Ivy League schools lose about a third of their accepted students come enrollment time.
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Programs
Clayton State University program offerings
What award level are you pursuing?
Bachelor's Degree
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Costs
Undergraduate out-of-state costs
Here's a quick summary of costs to attend Clayton State University. You will find the most up-to-date information at their website for admissions. The costs below are for out-of-state students, and you can switch by clicking the other button.
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Annual fees
Annual tuition
Estimated books and supplies
Miscellaneous (living off campus)
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Off-campus room and board
On-campus room and board
Per-credit charges
Cost
$1,474
$14,786
$2,074
$2,718
$2,718
$1,359
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Net price: the best estimate for the cost to attend
Most schools publish tuition rates that give them room to offer both scholarships and financial aid where applicable. Your best estimate of what might pay is to see what others with similar family incomes have paid. A more tailored and accurate estimate is available at this school's net price calculator.
Understanding net price

With their net price calculators, many colleges and universities give an idea of what merit-based aid might accompany need-based aid. For schools that share such data, we also provide financial aid data in the Finanical Aid sections.

There are some caveats to consider when using the net price estimates:

  • The net price calculation is weighted by this school's proportion of students living on- and off-campus and this school's estimate of off-campus costs, which may cause the net price methodology be a bit inconsistent from school to school.
  • Parental income and student financial aid eligibility is sometimes more complicated than the simple family income number reported here.
  • The net price calculation for all students is inclusive of students who received any institutional or government aid, but at the family income levels the net price only considers the tuition paid by those who qualified for federal aid.

You can get a little better guess at what you would pay by using this school's net price calculator.

Percentage of students receiving any aid
The donut, based on 521 full-time first-time degree seeking students at Clayton State University, shows the percentage of those who received any financial aid (including merit-based scholarships), subdivided by family income.
88%
Aid type and family income
Federal: $0-30K
Federal: $30K-48K
Federal: $48K-75K
Federal: $75K-110K
Federal: Above $110K
Only institutional
Net price by family income
All Incomes
Let's look over the past few years at what in-state freshmen who received any financial aid actually paid for tuition, fees, books, and living expenses on average, and how that compares to the in-state tuition usually paid for other public universities in your context group.
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Chart explanation
Clayton State University
On the blue curve, we see how the net annual cost to attend Clayton State University has changed over the years.
Context Schools
The shading shows the spread of the net price for the context schools. The dark shading shows the middle 50% of context schools, and the light shading shows all but the smallest and largest 10%.
Customize your context group using the gear at the top of the page!
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Historic Annual Costs
See how this school's published costs have changed over the years, and how their cost trends compare with other public schools.
Published costs may have little to do with what you actually pay

It's important to remember that a school's published costs may not be indicative of what it will actually cost to attend. Time magazine wrote about this in their article Yes, you can get a college to cut its tuition price. Nonetheless, this inflation-adjusted look at the historic annual costs for tuition, fees, books, and supplies can give you an idea of the costs you might expect in the coming years. Comparing the total costs inclusive of room and board (if applicable) with the annual net price estimates in the previous tab will help you determine the financial aid package to expect.

Private and public universities' charges are difficult to compare due to the in-state and out-of-state price differences of public universities, and therefore we only compare Clayton State University to other public schools within your chosen context group.

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Include room and board
Undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and supplies over time
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Chart explanation
Clayton State University
On the blue curve, we see how the published annual cost to attend Clayton State University has changed over the years.
Context Schools
The shading shows the spread of the annual cost for the context schools. The dark shading shows the middle 50% of context schools, and the light shading shows all but the smallest and largest 10%.
Customize your context group using the gear at the top of the page!
Financial Aid
Student Financial Need
How likely are you to get a scholarship if you attend? This section covers the likelihood that students with or without need are receiving financial aid. You can see this data for the full-time degree-seeking undergraduate student population as a whole or for full-time freshmen only.
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Full-time undergraduates
Full-time freshmen
Context: Need met for full-time undergraduates
Clayton State University uses institutional methodology to determine if a student needs aid. According to their benchmark, they believe that 47% of full-time degree-seeking undergraduate need has been met. In general, the funds that close the gap between the cost of attendance (COA) and the expected family contribution (EFC) is filled by student loans, but some schools distribute enough financial aid to make sure this is not necessary. Visit the financial aid website to explore what promises Clayton State Universitymakes.
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Overview of student need and resources used (Full-time degree-seeking undergraduate students)
The average annual financial aid package received by full-time degree-seeking undergraduates who were identified to have need totals $10,024, of which on average $4,067 is in the form of loans.
Student financial need
Have need
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Financial aid overview

Understanding the rules and process that determine who gets financial aid can be intimidating. Here are some quick links to help:

  • Visit Clayton State University's Net Price Calculator for the most accurate estimate of your anticipated costs. Every school publishes a Net Price Calculator that does its best to give you a fair estimate of what you might expect to pay. Many calculators consider your high school record as part of the calculation. This will be far more accurate than any of the averages or published tuition values that you see here.
  • FederalStudentAid, a government site that will walk you through the federal financial aid process. There are a number of kinds of student loans and other aid, and this site can walk you through all of the choices you will need to make.

The Clayton State University deadline for priority financial aid consideration is June 15. Applicants are notified of results on a rolling basis beginning April 15.

Required Forms

FAFSA

Loan Programs

Federal Direct PLUS

Federal Direct Subsidized Stafford

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford

State Loans

Need-based Scholarships Available

Federal Nursing Scholarships

Federal Pell Grants

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants

State scholarships/grants

Private scholarships/grants

Institutional scholarships/grants

Athletic scholarships

Non-need-based Scholarships Available

Athletic scholarships

International Students
Clayton State University provides non-need-based aid in the form of institutional athletic awards.
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Cumulative student loans
The student loan data in this section is compiled for the most recent graduating class at , and provides total debt incurred while attending.
Student loan type
The bars below give you a peek at what types of loans students took out most frequently. Using the tab, you can view the average amounts of each type of loan.
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Average student loan amounts
The bars below show the average cumative amount corresponding to each type of loan. Use the tabs above to see the percentages of students using each type of loan.
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Undergraduate Outcomes
Graduation Rate
Approximately 60% of undergraduate students were full-time with about 25% of them attending college for the first time. In the last reporting year, 40% of students, including those who were part-time or transfer students, received a degree within 8 years.
40%
Time to complete
4 years
6 years
8 years
Context: Graduation rate
These numbers reflect eight-year graduation rates for all degrees at the colleges and universities in your chosen context group. This reporting is for undergraduate students inclusive of transfer students and full/part-time students.
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Loan Status
This donut shows the percentage of students who are in good standing (green) in repaying any federal student loans five years after leaving Clayton State University.
Status of loans
Closed (fully paid)
Currently paying
Deferred for miliary or school
Suspended (usually for hardship)
More than 90 days late in paying
In default
Another status not released
Context: Loans with good standing
This performance is near the middle of the context schools.
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Are students graduating on time?
Let us tell you all about low graduation rates!

Across the country, graduation rates are surprisingly low. In fact, Forbes Magazine suggests that they are unacceptably low. However, from another point of view, sometimes graduation rates simply reflect the relative preparation of the students who enter. Colleges with a mission to help people coming from less advantaged backgrounds, such as first-generation and low-income students, may have low graduation rates despite relatively strong outcomes for students who face many obstacles to success. Without the context provided in these views of completion rates, it can be tricky to separate predatory schools that take financial advantage of under-prepared students from those that are actively seeking to encourage and help those students.

For the consumer choosing a school, once you have narrowed your list to those schools that you can afford and that seem likely to admit you, consider the outcome measures in this section and choose the specific measures that best describe your plans. Very simply, schools with high graduation rates and high loan repayment rates will likely give you the best opportunity to succeed.

Context: the impact of wealth and transfer status on degree completion
We took a close look lagging success for students with financial need in a case study. Here's a chance to compare schools based on student successes with a better appreciation of how circumstances may impact success. One word of caution: the statistics for some categories may consist of only a handful of students -- see the details by hovering or long-pressing on the bars.
Full-time first-time students
Full-time transfer students
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Part-time transfer students
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Full-time first-time students
Full-time transfer students
Part-time first-time students
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Percentage with Pell Grants
71%
Years after enrolling.
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Context and trends: Repayment Rate
How much progress do you think you'll be able to make towards paying down your college loans seven years after leaving school? In our research, we discovered that a surprisingly large number of students don't default on their loans, but also aren't making progress in paying down their principal amount. The percentages here count alumni who have decreased their loan amounts by at least $1.
Years after leaving school.
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Chart explanation
Clayton State University
On the blue curve, we see the percentage of alumni from Clayton State University who have successfully reduced their federal school loans by at least $1 by the date shown, which is 7 years after leaving the school.
Context Schools
The shading shows the spread of the loan repayment rate for the context schools. The dark shading shows the middle 50% of context schools, and the light shading shows all but the smallest and largest 10%.
Customize your context group using the gear at the top of the page!
Context and trends: are the loan default rates as small as possible?
The default rate is the percentage of students who are already delinquent on their loans within three years of leaving the school. If a school has a high default rate, that sends an alarm out that the students' educations are not sufficient to earn enough to repay those loans. Read below for details on the typical loan burden, and keep in mind that a low default rate may be more important than loan amounts in predicting your future success.
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Chart explanation
Clayton State University
On the blue curve, we see the percentage of alumni from Clayton State University who have defaulted on their federal school loans within 3 years ending on the date shown.
Context Schools
The shading shows the spread of the 3-year loan default rate for the context schools. The dark shading shows the middle 50% of context schools, and the light shading shows all but the smallest and largest 10%.
Customize your context group using the gear at the top of the page!
Loan burden
At Clayton State University, 64% of full-time degree-seeking freshmen receive federal student loans, averaging $6,159 each in just the freshman year. We have much more details about the full loan burden students experience in our Cost and Financial Aid Section.
Context: Percentage of freshmen with federal loans
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Context: Average freshman federal loan amount
$6,159$4,000$5,000$6,000$7,000$8,000
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Alumni earnings compared to same-aged Americans
The blue curve shows the earnings of this school's alumni -- so a high curve indicates this school is setting its students up for success!
More information about earnings data

How might your earnings compare with other people your age? Opportunity Insights used IRS data to track almost every person born in the US in the years 1980 to 1991, and they ranked the mean (average) 2014 earnings of students who attended Clayton State University in comparison to all people in the US the same age. Although this data is now a little old, the scope of this project was awesome and gives us a glimpse at alumni performance that we cannot find until a new study of this incredible magnitude is performed.

The Equality Project found that by age 34, people's relative earnings had leveled off, so it's a good assumption that approximately 54% of the population will earn less than Clayton State University alumni.

You might notice a little earnings dip at young ages for some of the top bachelor's institutions. This coincides with the years that many alumni may be in graduate school and earning less.

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Chart explanation
Clayton State University
In the blue curve, we see how the average earnings percentile for this school changes as its alumni age as compared to like-aged Americans without regard to their educational background.
Context Schools
The shading shows the spread of these average alumni earnings percentiles for context schools: dark shading shows the middle 50% of context schools and light shading shows all but the smallest and largest 10%.
Customize your context group using the gear at the top of the page!
Wealth mobility at Clayton State University
We may wonder if, as a result of attending a given college, we will have a better chance for higher earnings. Opportunity Insights sought to answer this question by following the wealth story of every student for whom income information was available.
Learn more about the mobility study
How does wealth change after attendance?

Opportunity Insights studied groups of all children born in the US in the same year for each birth year from 1980 to 1991. This grouping included every single US child who had a valid SSN or ITIN (tax identification number) and could be linked to parents with non-negative income.

Family Income

The incomes of all families in a birth year group are measured when the child is 15-19 and these incomes are averaged. The calculated incomes from all families in the group were arranged from smallest to largest, and divided into five groups of equal size. On the left of the diagram, you can see the relative distribution of Clayton State University's students between the family income divided into fifths formed by looking at the entire US group.

Individual Student Earnings

In 2014, all people from the same birth year were divided into a new set of five groups that were determined by their individual labor earnings for that year. The students from this birth year who primarily attended Clayton State University between the ages of 19 and 22 were divided into these five groups, and the percent in each group is shown on the right of the diagram.

The diagram lets you see the proportion in each original income group who travel to each earnings group, and provides some insight into the likelihood of financial success after attendance.

If you'd like to understand the nitty gritty details of this interesting data, be sure to check out the well-written Opportunity Insights report by selecting SOURCES under the figure.

Below, we can see the percentage from each initial family wealth group who attend this college, and also the alumni's relative wealth later. Do students entering college from the bottom twenty percent of family income end up making it to a higher level? Do the top twenty percent stay at the top? Follow the colors, left to right, and see for yourself.
$24,300$45,100$72,900$110,300$900$18,500$35,200$55,800Lowest 20%Second-lowestMiddleSecond-highestHighest 20%Highest 20%Second-highestMiddleSecond-lowest Lowest 20%Family IncomeStudent Income
Classroom Experience
Student attention at Clayton State University
Schools are required to report the ratio of students per instructor, but look for a small number of students for every full-time instructor as your best indicator of personal attention and a modern well-integrated curriculum.
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Quality and Quantity of Clayton State University faculty
Faculty are the heart of a school. Make sure the school you attend has highly-qualified faculty who are regularly in their offices and happy to meet with you.
Full-time faculty overview
The best bachelor’s and graduate programs are generally taught by long-term faculty with tenure, as these instructors typically hold the highest degree possible in their field of expertise. Their commitment to research, their students, and to the school itself should be outstanding. The more green in the chart, the more long-term faculty are available to offer you steady classroom quality.
Learn more about the bars in this chart

Traditionally, the long-term faculty at a school are hired as Assistant Professors. After about six years, they then advance to the Associate Professor level after proving excellence in three areas: teaching, service to the institution, and significant contributions to their field of expertise. Assistant professors who are not promoted to the Associate level are usually required to leave the school. The rank of Professor is reserved for senior faculty who have demonstrated the highest standing in those three areas. The standards of excellence differ widely across institutions; nonetheless, the presence of a large proportion of faculty in the three professor ranks suggests you will be taught by faculty who are invested in their academic fields and in the school. Generally, instructors with any of the three professor titles will hold the highest possible (terminal) degree in their academic fields.

The instructor/lecturer positions are generally held by full-time faculty who are focused on teaching alone, often for lower-level classes. These positions usually require some advanced education or experience, but not the highest (terminal) degree in a given academic field. Those teaching with no academic rank may be hired to teach in mostly non-academic fields, giving skills- or vocation-based guidance.

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Faculty, not tenure-track: annual
Faculty, not tenure-track: multi-year or indefinite
Faculty, tenure-track
Faculty, tenured
Context: Percentage of full-time faculty
Full-time faculty are mostly likely to be on campus and available for interaction, and most likely to craft up-to-date courses and programs. Clayton State University performs better in this measure than 69% of the context schools.
Read more about why you want mostly full-time faculty teaching you
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Context: Full-time faculty with the best degrees
Students earning a bachelor's degree or higher should expect to receive the bulk of their education from experts in their field who have earned the highest possible degree.
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Context: Full-time faculty with long-term employment contracts
Faculty with multi-year contracts have a mutual commitment with their school, and they provide curricular stability and knowledge that contribute to meaningful classes for students.
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Faculty Diversity
Here's an opportunity to explore the faculty's diversity. For many schools, attracting a diverse teaching faculty can be a challenge. It's important to judge their success with the reality check of what their peer schools have accomplished.
An overview of faculty race and gender
Here the bars show faculty rank, with male faculty to the left and female faculty to the right. The race/origin of faculty are shown by color. The view with rank is important because many of our elite schools have a problem with diversity at the higher faculty ranks. Are women and minorities being promoted at Clayton State University?
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Sports
Varsity sports at Clayton State University
Clayton State University participates in the NCAA Division II without football.
Selected sports
  • Basketball|Peach Belt Conference
  • Cross country/track|Peach Belt Conference
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Sports participation
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Note: Participants include any of the following: a student listed on the varsity roster, a student reciving student aid related to this sport, or a student who is practicing with the varsity team and receiving coaching from the varsity coaching staff, including junior varsity, freshman, redshirt, or novice participants as well as fifth-year members who have already received a bachelor\'s degree.
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Sports revenue and expenses
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Game Day Expenses
Expense per participant
SoccerGolfCombined Track and FieldBasketball$0$200K$400K$600KMen$0$200K$400K$600KWomen
Note: For many sports, the revenue is typically from institutional support, but for the popular sports at division I schools, revenue can be large and include money generated by public consumption of sporting events. Revenues can include appearance guarantees and options, contributions from alumni and others, royalties, sponsorships, profits from camps, government support, and ticket sales, as well as institutional support.
Campus Safety
Disciplinary actions and crime at Clayton State University
Clayton State University employs the following safety measures on their campus: 24-hour emergency telephone/alarm devices, dorm entrances allow access only with key or security card, 24-hour patrol by trained security personnel, late-night transportation/escort services, and lighted pathways.
Disciplinary Actions
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Drug Violations
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Arrests
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Context: Disciplinary Actions
Average number of disciplinary violoations at Clayton State University as a percentage of students compared to all of the schools in the comparison group.
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Context: Arrests
Average number of arrests at Clayton State University as a percentage of students compared to all of the schools in the comparison group.
0.04%0.01%0.01%0.00%0.10%0.20%0.30%Weapon PossessionsDrug ViolationsLiquor Violations
Criminal Offenses
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Burglaries/Robberies
Sex Offenses
Vehicle Thefts
Aggrevated Assaults
Context: Criminal Offenses
Average number of criminal offenses at Clayton State University as a percentage of students compared to all of the schools in the comparison group.
0.058%0.018%0.015%0.025%0.000%0.100%0.200%0.300%0.400%Aggrevated AssaultsVehicle TheftsSex OffensesBurglaries/Robberies
Housing
Student housing at Clayton State University

Clayton State University has 18% of undergraduate students living on campus. Undergraduates, including freshmen, are allowed to bring cars to campus. On-campus housing is required through the freshman year and for other specified students.

We are able to share a few of the choices you can make when choosing dorm space, and you'll definitely want to learn more about the school's spaces from their web site.

Living on campus
18%
Special types of housing available
Coed housing
Activities and Services
Activities offered
  • Choral groups
  • Drama/theater
  • National Fraternities
  • National Sororities
  • Radio station
  • Student newspaper
Special academic opportunities
  • Cooperative program
  • Credit for advanced placement
  • Distance learning
  • Double-major allowed
  • Formal adult program
  • Honors Program
  • Independent study courses
  • Internships
  • Orientation program
  • Part-time degree programs
  • Remediation available
  • Services for learning disabilities
  • Student-designed major
  • Study abroad
  • Summer session
  • Teacher certification programs
Undergraduate services offered
  • Health clinic
  • Personal/psychological counseling
  • Remedial services
  • Academic/career counseling services
  • Employment services for current students
  • Placement services for program completers
Programs for Veterans
If you are a veteran, it's worth digging around to find a military-friendly campus. We think this article about how colleges might help veterans might be a good starting point for questions to ask the Admissions office before you choose to attend. It's also good to be aware that many for-profit schools are behaving as predators, hungry for GI Bill dollars. Watching out for those schools is no different for veterans than for all students: judge very critically using our "Student Satisfaction and Success" tab for undergraduate programs. We wish we had the same data to support graduate programs; however, we think the undergraduate data is a good starting point for judging overall quality.
  • Credit for Military Training
  • Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
  • Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges
  • Recognized student veteran organization
  • Yellow Ribbon Program
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Research
The library is the backbone of academic learning and research

A rigorous academic program requires that students and faculty alike are engaging in independent research, and that activity requires strong library support. You can get some useful information here:

  • How strong and how balanced between traditional physical books and easily-accessed (but expensive) electronic journals and other resources is this library?
  • How much is this library borrowing from other libraries? The number of interlibrary loans received can indicate the school's commitment to getting the resources on-campus researchers need, and also of the research activity on campus.
  • How big a resource is this library to other libraries? A large number of outgoing interlibrary loans speaks highly of the value of its content.

The presence of a library in and of itself is a good thing. Increasingly, libraries are comfortable and inviting spaces for individual and group study sessions. Librarians can be incredibly friendly guides in your quest to find materials that aid your learning.

Comparison of library resources per student
How do the per-student library resources at Clayton State University compare to other schools?
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Comparison of library loans per student
A small library could make up for a small collection by allowing a large number of interlibrary loans to be received. An excellent library can show its strength by its number of loans given.
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Research funding: the best indicator of post-baccalaureate academic rigor
Any school that reports at least $150,000 in research and development expenditures in a given year should have submitted out the Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) survey to the National Science Foundation (NSF). We did not find HERD data for $Clayton State University, so there would at most modest graduate-level academic scholarship campus-wide.
Student Body
Undergraduate Study Types
About 59% of undergraduate students are full-time. About 16% of undergraduate students take all of their courses via distance education, while another 38% take some courses online.
Undergraduate Full-time
59%
Undergraduate Online classes
54%
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Context: Student body size
Clayton State University enrolled 8,550 students over the past academic year. The the student body size is larger than 77% of the context schools.
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Undergraduate student gender
Is the gender balance of Clayton State University undergraduate students important to you? You can see the breakdown in this donut chart.
Gender
Men
Women
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Undergraduate student race/origin
Clayton State University reports that 78% of undergraduate students are minority, which is more than 88% of the context schools. This school's 1.4% of international students is near the middle proportion of international students within the context schools.
Race/Origin
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Not Reported
International
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Context: Gender Balance
It is very difficult for many types of schools to achieve a gender balance, and this context is valuable in evaluating the balance at Clayton State University.
31%69%20%40%60%80%MenWomen
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Context: Percentage of women
With 69% women undergraduate students, Clayton State University has a higher percentage of women than 80% of context schools.
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Context: Undergraduate student race/origin
Here is how Clayton State University compares to the rest of the context group in terms of diversity in the student race and origin.
61%18%7%6%0%0%3%2%1%0%20%40%60%80%100%Pacific IslanderAmerican IndianInternationalNot ReportedMultiracialAsianHispanicWhiteBlack
Freshman residences

A high proportion of international and out-of-state students speaks to reputation and offers an opportunity for diverse interactions in and out of class.

Freshman residence
In-state
Out-of-state
International
Not Reported
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Undergraduate student age distribution
The age distribution at a school can tell you a lot about its mission. If you're looking for a traditional undergraduate experience, you may prefer to see students who are mostly younger than 25 (lighter shades), but if you want support as a returning student, a large number of students 25 and older (darker shades) may better suit your needs.
Age range
Under 18
18-19
20-21
22-24
25-29
30-34
35-39
40-49
50-64
65 and over
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School Finances
Clayton State University: What its budget can tell you about classroom quality
Where a school spends and collects its money can suggest a lot about the educational experience it offers. The tabs below offer a look at spending that is important for the quality of your experience if you attend.
Instructional spending
Student services spending
Research spending
Context and trends: Instructional expenditures per student
Instructional expenses are primarily the salary and benefits paid to the heart of a school: its full-time instructors. High expenditures in this area suggest care in hiring enough highly qualified full-time faculty to provide personal attention and up-to-date subject-area excellence.
200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018$0$5,000$10,000$15,000$20,000
Chart explanation
Clayton State University
On the blue curve, we see how the instructional expenses per student at Clayton State University have changed over the years.
Context Schools
The shading shows the spread of the instructional expenses per student for the context schools. The dark shading shows the middle 50% of context schools, and the light shading shows all but the smallest and largest 10%.
All values have been adjusted for inflation. Customize your context group using the gear at the top of the page!
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Does incoming revenue consistently cover expenses?

Clayton State University is a public school. Along with private not-for-profit schools, publicly-controlled schools do not have the goal of annual profit, but they do want to have healthy finances with adequate revenue to meet all expenses. On the other hand, private for-profit schools have creating a profit for shareholders as an annual goal.

Total revenue and expenses by category
We divided revenue and expenses for Clayton State University into categories to give some insight to what may have influenced peaks and ditches in the chart above. The purple shades correspond most directly to student education. The blue shades, auxiliary expenses and revenue, are often related to room and board. We show investment gains and losses in apricot.
200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018$0$50M$100M$150M$200MRevenue$0$50M$100M$150M$200MExpense
Investment gains
Auxiliary revenue
Tuition and fees revenue
Government appropriations etc.
Private and capital gifts
Educational sales revenue
Other revenue
Investment losses
Auxilliary expenses
Instructional expenses
Student services expenses
Academic support expenses
Institutional support expenses
Research expenses
Public service expenses
Other expenses
Not so much?
The power of a large endowment
Related to the previous question of whether the annual revenue stream is stable is the question, "How deep are this school's pockets?" For many schools, a major source of annual income is investment growth. Schools with large endowments have a built-in revenue stream, although you'll see in the accompanying graphs that this revenue stream is highly dependent on the nation's economy. You can choose how to examine the depth of Clayton State University's resources by selecting from the buttons below.
Choose asset category
Total Endowment
Endowment Growth Rate
Context and trends: tracking the endowment
This chart examines Clayton State University's total endowment over time. Stable or growing endowments are signs of good institutional health and alumni support. If the endowment is shrinking, then that's a cause for concern that its annual revenue cannot support its current operations, and changes will have to occur to allow the school to stay open long-term. If the endowment is relatively large, then perhaps a slowly shrinking endowment is not a cause for strong concern for potential students.
201020112012201320142015201620172018$0$200M$400M$600M
Chart explanation
Clayton State University
On the blue curve, we see how the endowment at Clayton State University has changed over the years.
Context Schools
The shading shows the spread of the endowment for the context schools. The dark shading shows the middle 50% of context schools, and the light shading shows all but the smallest and largest 10%.
All values have been adjusted for inflation. Customize your context group using the gear at the top of the page!