ADMISSION OF STUDENTS NEW TO Clayton State University
READMISSION OF FORMER Clayton State University STUDENTS
GEORGIA RESIDENCY STATUS
OTHER ADMISSIONS INFORMATION
REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL APPLICANTS
To be admitted to Clayton State University, a new student must qualify under one of the admission categories listed below. Applicants in all categories must submit (1) a completed application for admission with immunization form, (2) the required application fee, and (3) all documents required by the appropriate category under which they are applying.
The admissions application and immunization form may be obtained from the Office of Admissions in the Student Center Building or on-line at www.clayton.edu. If you need assistance or have questions about admission, please contact the Office of Admissions by email at Clayton State Universityfirstname.lastname@example.org or call 770-961-3500.
To insure admission consideration for a given term, applicants in all categories must meet the appropriate application deadline* as follows:
* Next business day when the first falls on a weekend.
Students using the on-line application by the priority deadline pay an application fee of $5.00. An application fee of $40.00 is assessed to those who use the paper application at any time or who apply on-line after the priority deadline.
TRANSCRIPTS AND TEST SCORES
High school and/or college transcripts must be official copies in sealed envelopes provided by the high school and/or college; student copies are not acceptable. Test scores (SAT I & II, ACT, AP) must be submitted to Clayton State University directly from the testing service or on the official high school transcript; copies provided by the student are not acceptable. In cases requiring the SAT II, the University will provide information about which tests are needed and what scores are acceptable.
Applicants for admission to Clayton State University are classified into one of the following categories:
These categories and the standards and procedures for them are defined and explained under the headings that follow. The University reserves the right to change admission standards and procedures.
General admission to the University does not guarantee admission to certain programs that have limited enrollment capacity and/or additional standards. This includes such programs as nursing, dental hygiene, music, teacher education, information technology, and business. Please consult the appropriate chapters of this catalog for full information.
This category is designed for students who have recently graduated from high school or who will do so soon. Students in their senior year of high school who anticipate graduating prior to their admission to Clayton State University (Clayton State University) are in this category. Applicants in this category must have graduated from high school within the past five years, and if they have been to college they must have completed fewer than 30 semester hours (or quarter equivalent) of college-level credit. Applicants who have 30 or more credit hours of college-level work must apply under the transfer category.
Clayton State University’s admission standards are based on grade point average, College Preparatory Curriculum, and standardized test scores as explained under the headings below. Depending of their level of achievement in high school, accepted applicants are classified into “regular” or “limited” admission status.
STANDARDS FOR “REGULAR” ADMISSION STATUS
Note: Applicants with transfer credit must also meet transfer standards; i.e. 2.00 transfer GPA and be in good standing to quality for regular admission.
“LIMITED” ADMISSION STATUS
Students who meet the CPC and SAT/ACT minimums for regular admission but whose freshman index (FI) falls in the window between 1830 and 2000 may be reviewed by the Admission Appeals Committee for “limited” admission. Students admitted in this status will be required to take additional placement tests and may be required by the institution to take Learning Support courses if indicated by test results.
Standards for home school and non-accredited graduates
In lieu of the Freshman Index and CPC requirements, applicants from home schools or graduates of nonaccredited high schools may validate the CPC through satisfactory documentation of equivalent competence in each of the CPC areas at the college preparatory level. A student whose SAT I Composite (Verbal plus Mathematics) score is at or above the average SAT I score of the previous year's fall semester first-time freshman and who has completed the equivalent of each of the CPC areas as documented by a portfolio of work and/or other evidence that substantiates CPC completion qualifies for consideration for admission. For students with ACT scores, the ACT composite score comparable to the average SAT I total score is required.
Applicants lacking an acceptable CPC portfolio may validate CPC by the following SAT II scores: English Writing (520), Literature (530), Math IC ( 500) or Math IIC (570), American History & Social Studies (560), World History (540), Biology (520), and one of the following: Chemistry (540) or Physics (590). Contact the Office of Admissions for details (770-961-3500).
“Limited” Admission to vocational programs
Applicants who wish to enter a certificate or career associate degree program (except Information Technology or Paralegal Studies) may be considered for admission under the limited category if they do not qualify for regular admission. This applies especially to students in “Tech Prep” programs in high school. Certain substitutions in CPC requirements may be made for such students. Students entering under limited admission to a vocational program may not change majors to a non-vocational major until they have exempted or exited from all Learning Support requirements and completed all of the Core Curriculum courses (Area A-E) in an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree with a minimum 18 hours and GPA of at least 2.00 in the Core. Contact the Office of Admissions for details (770-961-3500).
Special Admission Circumstances
A recent high school graduate otherwise not eligible for admission may be considered for admission in two circumstances: (1) if the applicant has standardized test scores (SAT I or ACT) in the upper five percent of national college-bound seniors and shows other evidence of college readiness, and (2) if the President determines that the applicant shows exceptional talent and promise for academic success. Such presidential exceptions are very limited. Contact the Office of Admissions for details.
Any student admitted who has a deficiency in the 16 required CPC units will be required to take one course in each area of deficiency. The approved courses are as follows:
Courses taken to meet CPC requirements cannot be used to satisfy any other requirements but may count as prerequisites.
Students are strongly encouraged to enroll in CPC deficiency make-up courses during their first term of enrollment. Any students who have not made up their College Preparatory Curriculum deficiencies by the time they have earned 24 semester hours of college degree credit must be enrolled in CPC deficiency courses. Students who have not removed College Preparatory Curriculum deficiencies by the time they have earned 30 hours of college degree credits may not enroll in any college degree courses until all CPC deficiencies are satisfied.
The non-traditional freshmen category applies to applicants who have been out of high school for at least five years and who have no (or very little) college credit. Non-traditional students are encouraged to consider taking the “Academic Skills Tune-up” or other courses offered in Continuing Education (770-961-3550) prior to applying for University admission. Applicants in this category do not have to meet the same standards as recent high school graduates and do not have to submit SAT or ACT test scores. (Non-traditional applicants may submit recent SAT/ACT scores if they wish to.*)
To qualify for non-traditional freshmen admission, all four of the following criteria must apply:
Prior to being accepted, applicants classified as non-traditional must take the COMPASS test and score at or above the minimum level on all parts of the test. Students who do not make the minimum score will not be admitted.* If the COMPASS indicates the need for Learning Support courses, the admitted non-traditional student will be required to enroll in such courses and must exit Learning Support in accordance with general Learning Support policy. (See the Academic Policies chapter.)
Non-traditional students who fail to make a minimum score on the COMPASS have several options available:
* A non-traditional applicant is exempt from taking the COMPASS and will be admitted based on SAT/ACT scores if he or she has taken the SAT within the past seven years and scored at least 500V and 500M (or ACT 21E and 21M).
Note: non-traditional applicants who have recent and strong college credit of fewer than 30 transferable hours will be evaluated by the Director of Admissions and may be granted admission prior to taking the COMPASS test. In such cases the applicant will be notified. The applicant will still be required to take the COMPASS test for placement purposes unless he or she is exempted from all or part of the COMPASS due to having recently earned a grade of C or better for the equivalent of ENGL 1101 (English Composition I) and/or the equivalent of MATH 1101 (Math Modeling) or higher.
TRANSFER APPLICATION PROCEDURE
Any student who transfers credit to Clayton State from another college or university is considered a transfer student. Like all applicants, transfers must submit a Clayton State University application form and immunization form by published deadlines. In addition, transfer applicants must submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended regardless of whether the student has any transferable hours from the institution. Official transcripts must arrive in sealed envelopes. (Clayton State University will accept electronic transcripts from certain University System institutions.) Student copies of transcripts are not acceptable.
TRANSFER ADMISSION STANDARDS – REGULAR ADMISSION
Transfer students will be granted regular admission if they meet the following standards:
* Transferable credit excludes institutional credit courses, CPC deficiency make-up courses, and vocational courses unless accepted to apply to a Clayton State University program.
** The GPA is based on all transferable hours plus attempted but unearned hours in courses that would have transferred to Clayton State University if credit had been awarded.
TRANSFER ADMISSION STANDARDS -- LIMITED ADMISSION
Transfer applicants who have a GPA below 2.00 and/or who are not in good standing at their last institution may submit an appeal for limited admission. Appeals are granted only to a limited number of applicants and only in cases in which the Admission Appeals Committee concludes that the appellant shows strong promise for academic success based on such considerations as recent improvement in performance, increased maturity, counseling sessions, and academic review activities. If admission is granted, the student will be on academic probation. Contact the Office of Admissions to obtain the appropriate appeal form.
TRANSFER APPLICANTS WITH FEWER THAN 30 SEMESTER HOURS
Special considerations apply to transfer applicants who have earned fewer than 30 hours of transferable credit:
* Note: non-traditional applicants who have recent and strong college credit of fewer than 30 transferable hours will be evaluated by the Director of Admissions and may be granted admission prior to taking the COMPASS test. In such cases the applicant will be notified. The applicant will still be required to take the COMPASS test for placement purposes unless he or she is exempted from all or part of the COMPASS due to having recently earned a grade of C or better for the equivalent of ENGL 1101 (English Composition I) and/or the equivalent of MATH 1101 (Math Modeling) or higher.
GENERAL POLICIES ON TRANSFER STUDENTS
Important Note: Transfer students who have questions about the evaluation of their transfer work should contact the Registrar’s Office (770-960-5110). Specific concerns about the transfer or degree applicability of core curriculum courses from University System of Georgia institutions should be directed to the Transfer Ombudsman in the Office of the Provost, 770-961-3538.
The Freshman Scholar Program offers outstanding high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to accelerate their academic programs by taking courses at Clayton State University. The Freshman Scholar Program includes three options available to qualified high school students:
To be considered for Freshman Scholar admission, a student must submit the following documentation by the deadline for the academic term:
Because the Freshman Scholar Program involves close cooperation between Clayton State University and the high school, it is important that students considering one of these options work closely with their high school counselors and/or principals. For further information, students should contact the Freshman Scholar Advisor in the Office of Counseling and Career Services (770-961-3518).
To be admissible as a Freshman Scholar at Clayton State University, a high school junior or senior must meet all of the following requirements:
Students must have an SAT I subscore of 530 verbal (ACT 23E) to enroll in appropriate college courses for English or social studies CPC high school credit. Students must have an SAT I subscore of 530 Math (ACT 22M) to enroll in appropriate college mathematics courses for high school CPC credit. (The minimums also apply to courses for which college-level English or math is a prerequisite.) Students who do not meet these subscore minimums may take other college-level courses for elective credit if they have a total SAT score of at least 1060 (with subscore minimums of 430V/400M) or composite ACT score of at least 23 (with subscore minimums of 17E/17M).
A student in good academic standing at another college or university may apply for admission and enrollment as a transient student at Clayton State University. Transient status is usually limited to one term at a time, and enrollment is subject to the following requirements and conditions:
All international students must pay the Clayton State University application fee and provide all of the same documents required of U.S. citizens including a completed application for admission form, a completed immunization form signed by a health care provider, and official copies of school transcripts, test scores, certificates, and diplomas.*
Students requiring an F-1 visa to enter the United States
Permanent residents and applicants in other immigrant/non-immigrant categories must bring their immigration documents to the Office of Admissions. Such documents may include passport, resident alien card, I-94, or EAD.
Non-native speakers of English must demonstrate English proficiency as outlined in the section below.
Additional information regarding requirements for International Students is available on the University website (www.clayton.edu).
* Certified translations must be provided for any transcripts, test scores, certificates, or diplomas that are not in English.
English Proficiency Requirement
All students whose native language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in English in one of the following ways:
Note: Students who show English proficiency with TOEFL scores or ELS Level 109 completion may be eligible for alternate testing for placement tests, exit examinations, and the Regents’ Test.
Upon enrollment into the University, all students on F-1 visas are required to provide proof of medical and health insurance coverage.
Students who already hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university may be admitted to Clayton State University on a post-baccalaureate basis. Applicants in this category must submit an official transcript from the degree-granting institution. (Applicants in categories b, c, and d below must also submit transcripts from any other institution from which they want Clayton State University to accept credit.)
Post-baccalaureate students fall into four sub-categories:
Note: Post-baccalaureate students are subject to prerequisites, major restrictions, and all other requirements.
Note: Any post-baccalaureate student who wants to apply for financial aid must submit transcripts from all institutions attended. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for details. (770-961-3511)
Students admitted as auditors enroll in courses but receive no college credit. Auditors must be high school graduates or hold the GED. Auditors must complete an Application for Admission and submit official high school or college transcripts or General Education Development (GED) Test scores. Auditors pay regular fees for enrollment and are not eligible for federal or state financial aid. Students initially admitted as auditors who wish to obtain college credit for courses must seek readmission under another category. Students may not receive credit for courses in which they were registered as auditors unless they repeat the course for credit. (Students who are admitted under other categories may choose to audit certain courses. See Auditing Courses in the Academic Information chapter of this catalog.)
Students 62 Years of Age or Older (Senior Citizens)
Citizens of Georgia who are 62 years of age or older may attend Clayton State University on a space-available basis without payment of fees (except for supplies, the application fee, and special course fees).
An applicant desiring admission under this classification must meet all regular admission requirements to the University, must be a Georgia resident, and must present proof of age.
In truly exceptional cases, students who do not otherwise qualify for admission may be admitted by the President of the University if the President has reason to believe that the applicant has special talents that make it likely that he or she will be academically successful. Requests for Presidential Exceptions should be sent to the Office of Admissions (770-961-3500).
WHO MUST BE READMITTED
The readmission process is required prior to registration for any student who has not been enrolled at Clayton State University during the previous twelve months.
Readmission to Clayton State University for former students is a simple and quick process that is handled by the Registrar’s Office in person (STC-214) or on-line (www.clayton.edu).
Students who were in good standing at the end of their last term at Clayton State University and who had exempted or exited Learning Support requirements and who have not attended any other college or university during their absence from Clayton State University are guaranteed readmission upon completing the process. (Readmission to the University does not guarantee admission to specific academic programs that have additional requirements and/or space limitations.)
The following additional readmission regulations apply to students who have attended another college or university while absent from Clayton State University and to students who are not in good academic standing:
* Suspension includes equivalent status such as dismissal “permanent exclusion,” “final suspension,” or any other term indicating that the student’s return to the institution is not routine. See the Academic Policies chapter for details about suspension, dismissal, and appeal.
At the time of admission, a student is classified as a resident or a non-resident of Georgia for the purpose of determining fees. The definitions of resident status for this purpose are established by the Policies of the Board of Regents of the University System and do not necessarily parallel other definitions of residency.
A listing of these definitions is as follows:
CHANGE IN RESIDENCY STATUS
Individuals who enter the institution as non-resident students but later qualify as legal residents must fill out a Petition for Residency Classification form, which can be obtained from the Office of Admissions. To assure that proper consideration is given to requests for changes in residency classification, students should submit a Petition for Residency Classification at least 20 days prior to the beginning of the term in which they plan to enroll. A student’s residence status is not changed automatically, and the burden of proof that the student qualifies as a legal resident under the regulations of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia rests with the student.
The new student orientation program is an important set of activities designed to acquaint new students with the resources available at Clayton State University. The program is tailored to the unique needs of all students, and there are programs for freshmen, transfer students, transients, and families of new students. All new students are encouraged to participate.
During the program, students will have an opportunity to meet faculty and students, become familiar with campus facilities, and be introduced to the wide variety of student services and activities available to the campus community.
At the conclusion of orientation, students will meet with faculty advisors and register for courses. New freshmen are strongly encouraged to enroll in Clayton State University 1000 - Student Success Seminar.
Orientation details are provided after the student has been accepted to the University. Call 770-961-3510 for additional information.
Students newly admitted to Clayton State University under all categories may be subject to entry placement examinations (assessments), which are designed to measure proficiency in critical academic areas, especially mathematics. In addition, non-traditional students may be subject to screening tests to determine eligibility for admission. Students will be notified at the time of admission if examinations are required.
Examination results, in conjunction with high school grades and SAT (or ACT) scores, will be used to require or recommend placement in Learning Support courses or other learning experiences.
Testing may also be required at later points in the curriculum for the purpose of evaluating program effectiveness and individual student progress.
DENIAL OF ADMISSION
A student denied admission or readmission to the University may, upon request, have his or her application reviewed by the Admission Appeals Committee if it has not already been reviewed. The committee may recommend the admission of a student on academic probation status if evidence of maturity, motivation, and ability is exhibited.
Students admitted to the University through appeal may be required to take certain courses.
Students denied admission to Clayton State University may consult with the Clayton State University Office of Admissions about the possibilities of admission to other institutions.