Clayton State University has made its first appearance among the top five southern public regional colleges in the current rankings by U.S. News & World Report. Clayton State is ranked fifth among public regional colleges in the south in U.S. News & World Report's 2013 edition of Best Colleges.
In addition, Clayton State is once again ranked in the first tier of the top regional colleges in the south, coming in at 55th overall. The rankings, which include evaluations of more than 1,400 schools nationwide, are currently available at www.usnews.com/colleges, and will also be published in U.S. News & World Report's 2013 edition of Best Colleges, which will be on newsstands starting Sept. 18.
One possible factor for Clayton State’s ranking among public colleges is its increasing freshman retention rate, a statistic that will increase once again for the 2014 U.S. News rankings.
Clayton State Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management & Academic Success Dr. Mark Daddona points out that the increased freshman retention rate, like the University’s increasing enrollment, is a tribute to Clayton State’s on-going efforts to serve first-year students, notably the First Year Advising and Retention Center -- recently featured in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and on WXIA-TV – an initiative that is in keeping with both the University System of Georgia’s and Clayton State’s strategic plans and Georgia Governor Nathan Deal’s Complete College Georgia program.
“The ratings reflect on-going improvements in the success of our university and its students, and the great efforts of our faculty and staff,” says Clayton State President Dr. Thomas J. Hynes. “These improvements serve as the foundation for continued advancing of our mission, especially in areas of student success and alumni support. The ratings also reflect that those accomplishments are gradually being recognized by others. Under circumstances of shrinking resources, our faculty, staff and students continue their commitment to have learning and dreams realized.”
The U.S. News rankings are based on a variety of subjective and objective factors, including the opinions of high school counselors and other university presidents.