Admission Classification and Requirements
Read through the following admission classification descriptions then click on the bolded classification to find the requirements for admission and application steps. With a few exceptions, prospective students should apply using the electronic application found on GAFutures.com.
Freshman: A freshman student is someone who will graduate or who has graduated from high school within the last five years and has never attended another college other than for dual enrollment credit while in high school.
Transfer Freshman: A transfer freshman is someone who graduated from high school in the last five years and attended another college/university, but earned less than 30 semester hours or 50 quarter hours of transferable college credit.
Transfer: A transfer student is someone who has earned at least 30 semester hours or 50 quarter hours of transferable college credit
Non-Traditional: A non-traditional student is someone who graduated from high school, or would have graduated from high school, more than five years ago, and has never attended college OR has less than 30 semester hours of transferable credit.
Dual Enrollment: A Dual Enrollment student is someone who is currently in high school who wishes to take university classes to satisfy high school graduation requirements AND simultaneously earn college credit.
International: An international student is someone whose citizenship is from another country. International students must meet basic admission requirements for their classification and may have to satisfy additional requirements based on their visa type, country of origin and their educational history. Most international students will be either freshman or transfer.
Home Schooled: A home schooled student is a student who graduated from an independent educational program supervised by a parent or tutor and has less than 30 semester hours or 50 quarter hours of transferable college credit.
Transient: A transient student is a student from another college or university who wishes to enroll at Clayton State for one term only to satisfy degree requirements from their home institution.
Post-Baccalaureate: A Post-Baccalaureate student is someone who holds a bachelor’s or high degree from an accredited college or university who wishes to take courses for personal enrichment only. Post-Bacc students do not qualify for financial aid as financial aid is for degree seeking students only. Students who hold a bachelor’s or higher degree who wish to earn another undergraduate degree must apply as a transfer student.
Other Classifications and Admission Programs
Auditor: An auditing student is a student who is admitted and enrolled in course but receives no college credit. Auditors must be high school graduates or hold a GED.
62+: A citizen of Georgia who is 62 years of age or older may attend Clayton State University on a space available basis without payment of tuition and fees. Applicants must meet regular admission requirements to the university based on the appropriate student type as listed above.
Veterans: Those who have served our country fall under one of the above admission classifications and have additional resources on campus for their military service.
Returning/Readmission: Clayton State Students who have not attended Clayton State within the last three semesters or if you attended another college or university during your absence from Clayton State University. There is no application fee for readmission. There is no refund of the admission application fee if returning students apply through the admission application.
The Bridge: This summer program is invitation only. This program will be limited to a selected group of applicants to Clayton State University.