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Freshman Application Requirements

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.

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.

Need help with the application process? Watch the video below!

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 Recruitment and 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.

International Credentials

You must submit all official transcripts from your high school. All transcripts must be in English; if not in English, they must be translated by a certified company. Please submit the certified translations along with your original official transcripts in the indigenous language.

Clayton State University requires that all international academic documents (transcripts, mark sheets, certificates, leaving examination results, etc.) be formally evaluated by an independent evaluation service, which can be found below:

*High school transcripts: document-by-document with GPA (For test optional eligibility consideration)

*College/University transcript: course-by-course evaluation

All official evaluation and authenticated attached transcripts must be either sent by mail directly from the evaluation service to the address below, or electronically to

You may mail or deliver your transcripts to:

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

Submit Official SAT/ACT Scores

For Spring 2022 and beyond, official SAT or ACT scores are required for Dual Enrollment, Freshman, and Freshman Transfer admission. The Test Optional criteria previously used for 2020 and 2021 admission ended with the Fall 2021 term. Similarly, applicants seeking to submit AP/IB scores, which are not necessary for admission but are encouraged for students seeking college credit, must also be submitted from the testing service. See this page for more information on Clayton State's AP Credit Policy. When requesting scores, use Clayton State University's College Board code #5145 for the SAT test and for AP exams. Use Clayton State University's ACT code #0803 for the ACT test. 


Minimum scores for admission 


480 - Evidence-based Reading & Writing  

440 - Math  



17 - English or Reading  

17 - Math  

17 - Composite  


Take the ACT or SAT at Clayton State 

Clayton State University periodically administers college entrance and placement exams, including the SAT and ACT, at our on-site testing center.  Contact Testing Center at (678) 466-4495, for more information.   

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.    

Application Requirements Freshman Transfer: Graduated within 5 years Earned less than 30 Semester Hours or 50 Quarter Hours
Application for Admission Yes
College Transcripts Yes, minimum 2.0 transferable GPA
High School Transcripts Yes, minimum 2.0 RHSC core GPA
SAT/ACT Scores Yes (Test Optional for Spring, Summer and Fall 2021 only)

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 Summer 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 The Summer Bridge Program.


Fall: July 15

Spring: November 15

Summer: April 15