The main campus is located 1 ½ miles from Interstate 75 at exit 233 in Morrow, Georgia. With 192 acres, the park-like setting offers a peaceful and safe environment conducive to learning. The University’s wooded landscape with five lakes, ducks, and swans is a beautiful contrast to the vibrant urban life of metropolitan Atlanta, which is just a twenty-minute drive away. Clayton State University is also minutes from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, frequently designated as the world’s busiest airport. The Clayton State University - Fayette instructional site is located in Peachtree City in Fayette County and hosts undergraduate courses.
Ongoing growth is very visible in the three structures completed and dedicated in 2008 on the Clayton State University main campus. Laker Hall, a residential living facility, fosters living and learning communities. The Student Activities Center provides a state-of-the-art fitness center, offices for student organizations, a game room, and ballroom. The School of Business occupies a new building as well. Since that time, the University has added the Laboratory Annex Building, the Clayton State – East facility, and the Clayton Station residence halls.
The James M. Baker University Center, completed in 2004, combines student life and learning in a facility that has no precedent or parallel within the University System or the State of Georgia. The 131,000 square foot building features a 150-seat lecture hall, 17 classrooms, the Lakeside Dining Hall, administrative offices, faculty offices, 2,000 computer ports, and wireless internet access.
Three-fourths of the faculty teaching in programs leading to the bachelor’s degree hold the highest degrees in their field. Clayton State has 200 full-time faculty.
One-third of students are under 22, and the median age is 29. Clayton State’s students reside in all counties of metropolitan Atlanta as well as throughout Georgia. The student body represents every region of the United States and some 50 foreign countries.
Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International
American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation
Health Care Management
Association of University Programs in Health Administration
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
National Association of Schools of Music
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Georgia Board of Nursing
American Bar Association
Clayton State is also the only university in the United States adjacent to both state and national archives facilities. The Georgia Archives and the National Archives at Atlanta represent the first such model in the nation to combine both state and federal facilities, providing centralized resources for researchers and an exceptional internship opportunity for the University’s history majors and other students.
The 2009 U.S. News & World Report ranking of colleges identified Clayton State for the sixth time since 2000 as having the most diverse student body population among comprehensive baccalaureate-level colleges and universities in the Southern United States. In 2012, Clayton State was ranked fifth among public regional colleges in the south by U.S. News & World Report
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.
A national pioneer in “ubiquitous mobile computing,” Clayton State University was the third public university in the country to require notebook computers when the Information Technology Project (ITP) started in January 1998. Through ITP Choice, the second phase of ITP, Clayton State continues to provide an atmosphere which prepares graduates to be competent and comfortable with the use of cutting-edge technology. Faculty members at this “Notebook University” are dedicated to technology-based enhancement of teaching and learning.
Laker Hall, Clayton State's residential housing facility, is Georgia's first and only gigaplex residence hall. Students have access to gigabit Ethernet for every hardwired connection and 100% wireless Ethernet throughout Laker Hall.
Spivey Hall is one of the nation’s premier chamber music venues, presenting annually more than 400 events. Dedicated to the memory of Emilie Parmalee Spivey and Dr. Walter Boone Spivey, the Hall’s annual concert series offers world-class musicians performing timeless music in an acoustically perfect place. Known for its commitment to education outreach, performance and touring opportunities attracts aspiring youth to the Spivey Hall Children’s Choir.
In 2011, the Clayton State women’s basketball team won the NCAA Division II national championship.
Clayton State University operates on an academic calendar of two semesters and a summer session. Fall semester begins in mid-August, and spring semester starts in early January.
Five schools and colleges administer academic programs at Clayton State University:
Clayton State University holds membership in the NCAA Division II Peach Belt Conference. The Lakers compete on these intercollegiate teams: men’s basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, and track; women’s basketball, cross-country, soccer, tennis, and track. In addition, both men and women participate in the Cheerleading Squad. The women’s basketball team has advanced to the National Elite Eight four times since 2007.