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Freshman Admissions Frequently Asked Questions

Clayton State is located in Morrow, Georgia about 20 minutes south of Atlanta. Take exit 233 off I-75 or exit 5 off of I-675 and follow the signs. Once on the campus, follow the signs directing you to the admissions office. We are located in the lower level of Edgewater Hall, in room 150, building 8 on the campus map.

Yes, we offer student led campus tours. Schedule a tour of our campus today!

Fall (July 15)

Spring (November 15)

Summer (April 15)

We prefer you to submit an online application. 

Apply online

Great question! Immunization requirements can be found on our University Health Services webpage.

A Physician, qualified medical provider or Health Department official will need to complete/transfer your immunization record onto Clayton State Immunization Form. If you do not have a medical provider, our University Health Services provides immunization services at a fee.

Please contact the Office of Recruitment and Admissions at (678) 466-4115.

Please mail or deliver official transcripts to: Office of Undergraduate Admissions 2000 Clayton State Blvd. Edgewater Hall, Suite 150 Morrow, GA 30260-0285 Transcripts must have the institution’s seal and must be presented in an unopened official envelope from the sending institution. Clayton State University currently accepts electronic transcripts from the following:

  • eSCRIP
  • Clearinghouse
  • Parchment

If your previous school(s), college(s) or universities offer this service, submit Official transcripts to:

Yes, please see the fee waiver policy below for the conditions for each fee waiver type.

College Board (SAT) Waivers

  • Students must print the fee waiver from College Board’s website
  • Sign the Fee Waiver
  • Forward the original Fee Waiver with completed paper application
  • Submit to the Office of Recruitment & Admissions

ACT and NACAC Fee Waivers (Counselor or Administrator submission only)

  • Must be the original fee waiver (no copies will be accepted)
  • A completed application for admission must accompany the waiver
  • An official high school transcript must accompany the waiver
  • Test scores must be received by Clayton State, or submit proof that the student has taken the test
  • Must meet Clayton State’s admission criteria
  • Must be submitted by high school counselor or administrator only

TRiO Fee Waivers

  • Must be the original fee waiver (No copies will be accepted)
  • A completed application paper for admission must accompany the waiver admissions application PDF
  • Official college school and/or high school transcript must accompany the waiver
  • Test scores (if applicable) must be received by Clayton State, or submit proof that the student has taken the test
  • Must meet Clayton States admission criteria
  • Must be signed by TRiO administrator only

Academics, Financial Aid, Housing, Public Safety and Parking FAQs

Yes, the University Honors Program accepts first-year and transfer students and offers an enriched college experience through special Honors courses and community service. The application for the Honors Program is separate from the application to the University. You must apply for admission to Clayton State University before or at the same time that you apply for the Honors Program.

A typical size of a freshmen class will probably remind you a lot of your high school classes. We have very few lecture-style classrooms with hundreds of students. The typical class size is approximately 23. Over 79 percent of our faculty holds a doctorate or terminal degree in their field of study.

Clayton State requires all students to have access to a laptop computer per the ITP guidelines. Please see the ITP choice website for our laptop requirements.

Yes, Clayton State University offers graduate level programs. For more please visit the School of Graduate Studies.

Most classes are offered day and evening; however there are online and weekend classes. You will need to check the course schedule for a schedule of the classes.

You can complete the FAFSA online. Clayton State University’s school code is 008976.View more Financial Aid information.

No. HOPE Grant and HOPE Scholarship will pay 90 percent of the tuition regardless of the number of hours a student is enrolled, with the Zell Miller Scholarship paying 100 percent of tuition regardless of the number of hours enrolled. The Pell Grant and other federal grants will be prorated according to Department of Education’s calculation if a student is less than full-time. Student loan eligibility mandates that a student be enrolled for at least half-time (six semester hours). View more Financial Aid information.

Yes, loans are a form of financial aid. You must complete the FAFSA and go through the regular application process. You should indicate on the FAFSA that you are interested in loans. Notification of your eligibility for loans will be on your award letter. You must complete the online loan acceptance form after you are awarded if you decide to accept a loan. However, you must be enrolled in at least six hours for an undergraduate student to be eligible for a student loan and at least five hours for a graduate.

A student's dependency status is determined by questions in the Student Portion of the FAFSA Form. It does not matter if you live with your parents, if you claimed yourself on your tax returns, or if you pay your own bills. You must meet certain criteria to be declared an independent student for the purposes of the FAFSA. View more Financial Aid information

You can check the status of your financial aid by using the DUCK. Go to The SWAN and log on using your User Name and Password, then click on the Duck icon. If you have not been admitted yet, you may log on using the Guest Login. After you enter the SWAN portal, click on the Duck icon and use your Laker ID and PIN to access your information.

If you have difficulty with your log-on or PIN, submit a tech help request at HUB webpage or e-mail, or call (678) 466-4357. Your password cannot be changed by an email or phone request. To have your password changed or reset, you must go to the HUB and show a picture ID.

Yes, one way to really get to know Clayton State and ease into life as a Laker is by living on campus in our residence hall or apartments. Laker Hall offers suite-style living for undergraduates, particularly freshman. Laker Village offers apartment-style accommodations for upperclassman and graduate students.

All beginning first-time, full-time freshmen are required to live on campus during their first year, with some exceptions. Through the years, studies have shown that students who begin their college career in the residence halls have an easier time making the social and academic transition from high school to college. This is because our residence halls provide services, leadership opportunities, and programs specifically designed for undergraduate students.

Our department of public safety is taking a proactive approach to providing for the safety and security of the campus community, the Public Safety Department has developed the Campus Alert/Watch program; information about the crime trends that may pose a threat to the community, general safety and crime prevention techniques are distributed via E-mail, through "Campus Alert" and "Campus Watch" posters to the campus community.

Any student may have a car on campus, but you must get a permit from the Public Safety Office located on the second floor in Edgewater Hall.