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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: transcripts@clayton.edu.

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:

English

4 units

Mathematics

4 units

Science

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 christinahung@clayton.edu.

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

Test Optional note: or 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.

Test scores are required for Spring 2022 and beyond.

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)

ACT

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.

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)
ACCUPLACER Test No

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.

Deadlines

Fall: July 15

Spring: November 15

Summer: April 15