“(A) treasure of a Georgia university”
In its July 2010 Second Annual Best Colleges & Universities in Georgia issue, James magazine stated that Clayton State University is “proof that ethnic diversity and scholastic achievement can make for a happy marriage in the modern South.”
The 2011 version of Best Colleges & Universities in Georgia is out, and James still likes Clayton State, calling the University a “treasure of a Georgia university” and giving Clayton State a “Cum Laude” rating and noting that Clayton State is underrated because, “The school may now be best known for its ethnic diversity. One day it’ll be known for its comprehensive academic opportunities and its rural setting in the heart of metro Atlanta.”
Clayton State’s unique combination of a scenic campus located within minutes of downtown Atlanta also occasioned comment from James, which proclaims Clayton State a model urban university.
“Clayton State University is a model urban university. Only minutes from Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, (Clayton State) is situated on 163 picturesque acres [NOTE: actually, the campus now encompasses 192 picturesque acres]. Its student body is as diverse as its program offerings. And don’t forget the school’s pride and joy: The world-famous Spivey Hall concert hall. Call it an architectural ambassador for this treasure of a Georgia university.”