Word is getting out about Clayton State University and
the Academy for Advanced Studies in McDonough. Everyday we receive phone calls, emails, and visits
by people looking for more information. For those who may
have similar questions, I thought I would answer some of the
most common inquiries.
At this time, we do not offer complete degree programs at
the AAS, but we plan to do so in the future with the
approval of the Board of Regents. However, all of the
courses offered at the AAS can be used to fulfill the
general education requirements for many of our degree
programs on the main campus.
Clayton State University is accredited by the Southern
Association of Colleges and Schools and is a part of the
University System of Georgia; thus courses are broadly
accepted at other institutions across the country.
Clayton State and Gordon College have an agreement to offer nearly
the entire core at the AAS. Clayton State students may take GC courses
as transient students and have the courses easily
transferred to Clayton State.
Classes are offered in the morning and in the evening. Clayton State
also is a leader in offering online and partially online
Students who are enrolled at other institutions may take
classes at the AAS as transient students beginning in Summer
2011. The admission
and course transfer processes are simplified for students
who fall into this category. Details are posted on the Clayton State-Henry website.
Yes, Clayton State’s Dual Enrollment Program allows
qualified students to take college courses while still in
high school. The courses they complete fulfill high school
requirements but also count as college credit. Such programs
expose students to the nature of the college classroom,
while they still have the support they receive from parents
and their high school.
No, students follow the regular Clayton State admissions
process to enroll at Clayton State-AAS. High School dual
enrollment students should submit a paper application in
order to have the application fee waived.
Although many of our classes are taught by full-time
faculty from the main campus, we are always looking for
qualified individuals to teach part-time. Instructors must
have at least a master’s degree in the discipline they
teach. Those interested may email me at
Yes, students who are eligible for financial aid can
generally use the support they receive to pay for expenses
at the Henry County location.
For more information, please contact Joan Bass at
or call (678) 466-4633.