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At Clayton State, we seek to build a diverse student body made up of engaged learners. We want freshman candidates who will be successful in a challenging classroom environment.

If you have graduated high school within the last five years and have never attended another college other than for dual enrollment credit while in high school, you are considered a freshman.

Application Requirements

There are two ways to complete an application for admissions. Apply online via GA Futures or download a paper application.

A paper application must be completed if submitting an application fee waiver. Fee waivers cannot be attached to the online application at this time.  Access our Fee Waiver policy for more details.

Applicants are required to pay a non-refundable $40.00 application fee. Online applicants must use a credit or debit card to pay the application fee.

Applicants must submit a final official transcript upon graduation high school. Official transcripts must have the institution’s seal and must be presented in an unopened official envelope from the sending institution.

Once we receive your transcript, you can attend orientation and register for classes.

Submit an Official Transcript

We can accept your transcripts in-person, by mail, or electronically.

You may mail or deliver your transcripts to:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions Edgewater Hall, Suite 150 2000 Clayton State Boulevard Morrow, GA 30260-0285

We currently accept electronic transcripts from E-Transcript providers such as:

  • eSCRIP
  • Clearinghouse
  • Parchment

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

Submit Official GED Scores

If you have earned a GED diploma, you will need to request your official score transcript to be submitted to Clayton State. Your scores must be presented in a sealed envelope, or electronically, from the testing provider.

Required High School Curriculum Units

Transcripts must include coursework in the following required subjects:


4 units


4 units


4 total units

Social Science

3 units

Foreign Language

2 units of the same foreign language* 2 units of American Sign Language may also be used to satisfy this requirement.

Test Optional note: For the Spring 2021, Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 terms, Clayton State University has implemented a Test Optional policy for students applying for Freshman and Freshman Transfer (less than 30 semester/45 quarter hours of transferable college credit) admission. These applicants are not required to submit SAT/ACT scores and will be reviewed for admission on high school and collegiate coursework and grade point averages from official transcripts.

Effective for Spring 2020 and beyond

New SAT Requirements

480 - Evidence-based Reading and Writing

440 - Math

Old SAT 

430 - Critical Reading

400 - Math

(test before March 2016)


17 - English or Reading

17 - Math

17 - Composite

Take the SAT or ACT

Clayton State University periodically administers the SAT and ACT on site. Contact the Testing Center for more information.

Register for an SAT or ACT test.

Some applicants can be classified as Freshman Transfer or Non-traditional freshman.

Freshman Transfer

A Freshman Transfer 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 course credit.    

Non-traditional Freshman

A Non-Traditional Freshman is someone who graduated from high school, or would have graduated from high school, more than five years ago, and has never attended college.

If you classify as a freshman transfer or non-traditional transfer, view the chart below to determine your application requirements.

Application Requirements Freshman Transfer: Graduated within 5 years Earned less than 30 Semester Hours or 50 Quarter Hours Non-traditional Freshman: Graduated more than 5 years ago Never Attended College
Application for Admission Yes Yes
College Transcripts Yes, minimum 2.0 transferable GPA N/A
High School Transcripts Yes, minimum 2.0 RHSC core GPA Yes, minimum 2.0 RHSC core GPA
SAT/ACT Scores Yes (Test Optional for Fall 2020 only) No
ACCUPLACER Test No Yes, offered on campus at our Testing Center

Many home-educated students have made Clayton State University their choice for post-secondary education. Learn more about applying as a home school student.

The Bridge Program is designed to support select students who show great promise academically, but did not qualify to be admitted to Clayton State based on one or more scores on the SAT or ACT. Learn more about the Bridge Program.


Fall: July 15

Spring: November 15

Summer: April 15