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Clayton State University

Morrow, GA 4-Year Public

About Clayton State University

Clayton State University is a public, state school located in the suburban setting of Morrow, GA, less than an hour from Atlanta.

Founded in 1969, Clayton State University currently enrolls around 7,052 students a year, including 6,376 undergrads. The institution runs on a semester academic calendar.

Admissions Facts About Clayton State University

Acceptance rate: 68%

Average GPA: 3.0

Mean ACT score: 18

Mean SAT score: 976

Early Decision or Early Action: No/No

2022 Regular Decision Deadline: July 17

2022 Regular Decision Notification Date:

What's the acceptance rate at Clayton State University in 2021?

Admission to Clayton State University is minimally difficult. Around 68 percent of all applicants are admitted to Clayton State University each year.

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0. The mean SAT scores for students who get into Clayton State University is 976. The mean ACT scores is 18.

In 2021, 0 applicants were waitlisted and 0 waitlisted students got accepted.

Is Clayton State University a good school?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience.

Retention, graduation rates, and job placement statistics can help you understand how satisfied students are with their school experience, and how effectively an institution prepares students for careers.

Retention and graduation rates

Out of the 415 students who started at Clayton State University as first-time freshman, 48 graduate within four years.

Around 31 percent of students who started at Clayton State University earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61 percent for public schools and 67 percent for private.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. In 2020, students graduated with an average of $30,423 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Clayton State University sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So the real question to ask yourself: is Clayton State University a good school for YOU?

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College Info

2000 Clayton State Boulevard Morrow, GA 30260-0285

Campus Setting: Suburban

Clayton State University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jul 17

Transfer Applications are Due

Not available

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Clayton State University is Jul 17.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Clayton State University ACT Scores


ACT Range

18 - 22

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

22 and Above


18 to 22


18 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Clayton State University is 20. Students with an ACT score of 22 and above have a good chance of getting into Clayton State University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 18 and 22 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 18 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Clayton State University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

880 - 1020


Math SAT Range

420 - 500


Reading SAT Range

460 - 520

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1020 and Above


880 to 1020


880 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Clayton State University students is 954. Applicants with SAT scores of 1020 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Clayton State University, while applicants with SAT scores between 880 to 1020 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 880 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Clayton State University.

Clayton State University Tuition & Fees

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Cost Breakdown
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Student Life

Wondering what life at Clayton State University is like? There are approximately 6,879 students enrolled at Clayton State University, including 6,368 undergraduate students and 511 graduate students. 60% percent of students attend school full-time, 96% percent are from GA and 4% percent of students are from other states.


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Part Time


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