Clayton State University

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Clayton State University
Clayton State University seal.png
Motto Dreams. Made Real.
Established 1969
Type Public
President Thomas J. "Tim" Hynes, Jr.
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 7,145
Location Morrow, Georgia, United States
33°35′40″N 84°19′42″W / 33.59444°N 84.32833°W / 33.59444; -84.32833Coordinates: 33°35′40″N 84°19′42″W / 33.59444°N 84.32833°W / 33.59444; -84.32833
Colors Laker blue, Georgia clay[1]
Athletics Lakers, NCAA Division II
Clayton State University logo.png

Clayton State University is a public university in Morrow, Georgia, serving Metro Atlanta, and is a selective Senior Unit of the University System of Georgia. In 2014, it was ranked #8 among Public Colleges in the Southern United States by US News & World Report.[2] In 2015, the Carnegie Foundation classified Clayton State as a Community Engaged university, acknowledging its significant university outreach to Metro Atlanta communities, businesses, and non-profit institutions.[3]

The main campus includes 192 acres (0.78 km2) of peaceful wooded grounds, featuring five lakes and a park-like atmosphere. Located in the north-central part of Clayton County in suburban south metro Atlanta, the main campus is a fifteen-minute drive from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and about twenty minutes from downtown Atlanta.[4] Clayton State also maintains a separate Fayette County instructional site in Peachtree City and offers additional instruction at locations in Jonesboro in Clayton County and McDonough in Henry County.[5]

In 2014 the University enrolled 7145 students, served by 208 full-time faculty and 356 full-time staff.[6]

Upon opening in 1991, Clayton State's Spivey Hall began presenting jazz, classical music and other musical entertainment. It has since developed into one of the premiere chamber music venues in the Atlanta metropolitan area and offers more than 400 performances per year.[4] These performances air frequently on Georgia Public Broadcasting.[7]

Clayton State basketball, soccer, cross-country, tennis, golf, and cheerleading programs are part of the Division II NCAA sports conference. In 2011, the Clayton State women’s basketball team won the NCAA Division II national championship.[4]


The Judge Eugene Lawson Amphitheater overlooking Swan Lake

The institution was founded in 1969 and was originally known as Clayton Junior College. When the school became a four-year institution in 1986, the institute took on the name Clayton State College. In 1996, the Georgia Board of Regents renamed many higher-education institutions, with Clayton State becoming Clayton College and State University. In 2005, the name was changed to Clayton State University to acknowledge its fast-growing undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. Clayton State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, and master's degrees.[8]

Clayton State University is organized into four colleges and one school:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Health
  • College of Information and Mathematical Sciences
  • School of Graduate Studies

The College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; only the top 5% of all business schools worldwide are AACSB accredited.[9] The Harry S. Downs Continuing Education Center, overlooking the main campus lake, is offers programs in language, personal growth, and technical subjects, and is also a venue for conferences and special events.

In 2004, approval for developing a masters program was given by the Georgia Board of Regents. Clayton State University currently offers nine master's degree programs and 40 baccalaureate degree majors.[10]

The School of Graduate Studies guides nine graduate programs:

  1. Master of Business Administration, concentrations in Accounting, International Business, Supply Chain Management, Sports and Entertainment Management, and Human Resource Leadership
  2. Master of Science in Nursing, concentrations in Education and Leadership
  3. Master of Science in Psychology, concentrations in Applied Developmental and Clinical
  4. Master of Archival Studies
  5. Master of Arts in Teaching English
  6. Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics
  7. Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, concentrations in Political Science, English, Criminology, Liberal Studies, and History
  8. Master of Education with a major in Teacher Leadership
  9. Master of Healthcare Administration

The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.[11]

Student body[edit]

Clayton State students live throughout Atlanta and Georgia, and represent every region of the United States and some 30 foreign countries.

While one-third of the students are under 22, the median age is 28 and the University is recognized for two-thirds of its students being non-traditional, adult learners.

The US News & World Report ranking of colleges in 2010 identified Clayton State University as having the most diverse student body population among comprehensive baccalaureate-level colleges and universities in the Southern United States six times in the past decade.[12]

All students are required to own, or have access to, a laptop computer, regardless of major or status. On February 1, 2011 the student login "SWAN" (Student Web Access Network) was updated to be more secure against phishing of students' usernames and passwords.

The Campus Events Council is the largest student-based organization on the Clayton State University campus, providing informational and social events.

Recent developments[edit]

James M. Baker University Center

In 2012, Clayton State was also ranked third among state universities in Georgia in economic impact by the University of Georgia’s Selig Center for Economic Growth.[13]

Clayton State University was named[when?] by the Arbor Day Foundation as Tree Campus USA.[14] For three consecutive years, 2011 - 2013, Clayton State University was named by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as one of the Top 100 Workplaces in Metro Atlanta.[15]


Official athletics logo.

Clayton State University is an Division II member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), competing in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC). The university fields varsity teams, known as the Lakers and Lady Lakers, in five men's and five women's sports: men's and women's basketball men's and women's cross country, men's golf, men's and women's soccer, women's tennis men's and women's track & field.[16]

Women's basketball[edit]

Clayton State University won its first national championship in school history when the Lady Lakers won the NCAA Division II women's basketball national title in 2011.[17]


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  2. ^ "Top Public Schools | Rankings | Top Regional Colleges (South) | US News". Retrieved 2015-07-21. 
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  6. ^ "University Timeline - Clayton State University". Retrieved 2015-07-21. 
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  12. ^ "Clayton State in top tier of 'Best Colleges' | Henry Daily Herald". Retrieved 2015-07-21. 
  13. ^ "Clayton State generates $252 million impact on Southern Crescent | Clayton News Daily". Retrieved 2015-07-21. 
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  15. ^ "Clayton State Named One of the Top 100 Workplaces in Atlanta - April 2012 Issue - System Supplement Publication". 2012-04-30. Retrieved 2015-07-21. 
  16. ^ "Clayton State University Athletics". NCAA. Retrieved January 27, 2013. 
  17. ^ Staff (March 26, 2011). "Clayton State wins Division II women's title". Retrieved 26 March 2011. 

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