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#32 in Top Performers on Social Mobility – Regional Universities South, U.S. News & World Report (2022)

Top 300 Best Undergraduate Nursing Program, U.S. News & World Report (2022)

#3 Best Value in Georgia, James Magazine (2022)


#10 Top Online Programs in Georgia, James Magazine (2021)

#17 Top Large Workplaces, Atlanta Journal-Constitution (2021)

#36 Top Performers on Social Mobility, U.S. News and World Report (2021)

Top 133 best regional universities in the south, U.S. News and World Report (2021)


Top 62 public colleges and universities in the south, U.S. News & World Report (2020)

#22 Top Large Workplaces, Atlanta Journal-Constitution (2020)

#34 among the nation's four-year public universities for graduating the highest percentages of students who complete their degree in their fifth or sixth year, Chronicle of Higher Education (2020)


Faculty and Staff Stats

  • Student–faculty ratio 22:1
  • 237 full-time faculty
  • 75% of undergraduate instructors hold the highest degrees in their field

Student Life

  • 45+ student organizations so you can immerse yourself in campus life
  • Six active Greek Fraternity and Sorority chapters focused on cultivating unique attributes within the individual and within the campus community:
    • Scholarship
    • Leadership
    • Service and philanthropy
    • Brotherhood and sisterhood
  • Spivey Hall, our world-class performance arts venue, where you can take in a concert or show
  • A safe campus, ranked #21 on the list of Top Safest Schools for Women by Campus Circle, and #22 on the Best Campus Security list by Best Colleges Reviews
  • BOOST, a childcare assistance program and one of our many family resources


  • Accomplished athletic teams: Women's
    • Basketball
    • Cross country
    • Soccer
    • Track and field
    • Basketball
    • Cross Country
    • Golf
    • Soccer
    • Track and Field
  • 79 total championships, including the 2010-2011 Women’s Basketball, NCAA Division II National Championship Title and the men’s basketball 2016-2017 Peach Belt Conference West Division Championship
  • Hank Kim, men’s golf head coach, named the 2019 Peach Belt Conference Co-Coach of the Year. Kim is the second Laker in program history to earn Coach of the Year honors, joining Clayton State Athletics Hall of Famer Bob Hill who claimed the honor in 2005.
  • Maia Kuhnen and Crystal Nelson, All-Academic Team selections by the U.S. Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association—first time student-athletes on any CSU teams have received this honor

Accreditation and Recognitions

Clayton State University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, and master’s degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Clayton State University.

Read more about our SACSCOC accreditation.

Such regional accreditation is the standard for a university’s overall educational effort. In addition, our specialized accreditations include:

  • The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International
  • American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation
  • Association of University Programs in Health Administration
  • National Association of Schools of Music
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Georgia Board of Nursing
  • American Bar Association (paralegal and legal studies)
  • National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • Georgia Professional Standards Commission