Clayton State University is ranked in the first tier of the top regional colleges in the south by U.S. News & World Report.
The rankings, which include evaluations of more than 1,400 schools nationwide, are available at www.usnews.com/colleges, and will also be published in the September issue of the magazine, which will be on newsstands starting Aug. 31.
Although Clayton State is a university with eight graduate programs, U.S. News’ methodology, which follows that of the Carnegie Classification on Institutions of Higher Education, places Clayton State in the “regional college” category since Clayton State grants relatively few graduate degrees.
Among regional colleges in the south, Clayton State is ranked 57th by U.S. News, the first time that Clayton State has appeared in the first tier of the rankings. Among public regional colleges in the south, Clayton State is ranked 11th.
"While the U.S. News &World Report survey is but one indication of our progress, it is edifying to see the rise in ratings, and our designation in the first tier of institutions in our classification," says Clayton State President Dr. Thomas J. "Tim" Hynes, Jr. "We believe that our rise to a ranked regional institution reflects recognition of the work of our faculty and students to support learning. We will continue to seek improvements in some areas, and seek to review the ways in which we communicate to regional audiences the excellence of our programs."
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. The former group apparently had good things to say about Clayton State, since the University ranked 16th among all regional colleges in the south for the percentage of 2009 freshmen who were in the top 25 percent of their high school class. Some 44 percent of Clayton State’s 2009 full-time freshman class were in the top quartile of their high school class, perhaps indicating that both counselors and top students think highly of Clayton State.