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International

International students come to Clayton State from all over the world, from Albania to Zimbabwe and many places in between. Our suburban location and proximity to the city of Atlanta allow our students to experience life in a quiet suburb just beyond the bright city lights of a major metropolis.

If you’re an international student ready to bring your diverse ethnic and cultural perspectives to a thriving, supportive university, then Clayton State is for you!

Application Requirements

There are two ways to complete an application for admissions. Apply online via GA Futures or download a paper application.

Applicants are required to pay a non-refundable $40.00 application fee. Online applicants must use a credit or debit card to pay the application fee.

You must submit all official transcripts from your high school/or all post-secondary records. All transcripts must be in English; if not in English, they must be translated by a certified company. Please submit the certified translations along with your original official transcripts in the indigenous language.

If you have 30 or more transferable credits from an accredited college or university, you must submit an official copy of all college transcripts. (If you are unsure you have the transfer credits, please submit your secondary school transcripts as well).

Clayton State University requires that all international academic documents (transcripts, mark sheets, certificates, leaving examination results, etc.) be formally evaluated by either the Office of Recruitment and Admission or an independent evaluation service, which can be found below. Upon receiving all official transcripts by the Admissions Office for in-house evaluation, should we require additional evaluation, we will notify you and you will need to have your transcripts evaluated by one of the evaluation services below:

High school transcripts: document-by-document College/University transcript: course-by-course evaluation

*If official transcripts are sent by mail, they must have the institution’s seal and must be presented in an unopened official envelope from the sending institution.

You may mail or deliver your transcripts to:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions Edgewater Hall, Suite 150 2000 Clayton State Boulevard Morrow, GA 30260-0285

*If official transcripts are sent by email to christinahung@clayton.edu, they must directly come from the institution or an official at the institution.

Test Optional note: For the Spring 2021, Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 terms, Clayton State University has implemented a Test Optional policy for students applying for Freshman and Freshman Transfer (less than 30 semester/45 quarter hours of transferable college credit) admission. These applicants are not required to submit SAT/ACT scores and will be reviewed for admission on high school and collegiate coursework and grade point averages from official transcripts.

If you are applying as an incoming freshman, you must submit official SAT/ACT test scores.

If you are applying as a transfer student, you must have 30 or more transferable hours to not require the SAT/ACT. We will determine upon receiving your official transcripts. Should you not have 30 or more transferable hours, you must submit official SAT/ACT test scores.

Official test scores must arrive directly from the testing source. No photocopies, faxes, scans or email attachments are accepted.

SAT ACT

480 - Evidence-based Reading and Writing

440 - Math

17 - English

17 - Math

17 - Composite

Register for an SAT or ACT test.

Clayton State University periodically administers the SAT and ACT on site. Contact the Testing Center for more information.

Some applicants can be classified as Freshman Transfer or Non-traditional freshman.

Freshman Transfer

A Freshman Transfer is someone who graduated from high school in the last five years and attended another college/university, but earned less than 30 semester hours or 50 quarter hours of transferable college course credit.    

Non-traditional Freshman

A Non-Traditional Freshman is someone who graduated from high school, or would have graduated from high school, more than five years ago, and has never attended college.

If you classify as a freshman transfer or non-traditional transfer, view the chart below to determine your application requirements.

Application Requirements Freshman Transfer: Graduated within 5 years Earned less than 30 Semester Hours or 50 Quarter Hours Non-traditional Freshman: Graduated more than 5 years ago Never Attended College
Application for Admission Yes Yes
College Transcripts Yes, minimum 2.0 transferable GPA N/A
High School Transcripts Yes, minimum 2.0 RHSC core GPA Yes, minimum 2.0 RHSC core GPA
SAT/ACT Scores Yes (Test Optional for Fall 2020 only) No
ACCUPLACER Test No Yes, offered on campus at our Testing Center

Applicants can be classified as Non-traditional Transfer.

Non-traditional Transfer

A Non-traditional Transfer is someone who graduated from high school, or would have graduated from high school, more than five years ago, and has some but less than 30 semester hours or 50 quarter hours of transferable college course credit. 

Application Requirements

Non-traditional Transfer:

Graduated more than 5 years ago

Earned less than 30 Semester Hours or 50 Quarter Hours

Application for Admission

Required with application fee or official application fee waiver

College Transcripts

Minimum 2.0 GPA in transferable coursework

High School Transcripts

Official final transcript confirming high school diploma from accredited or approved high school, or satisfactorily completed the GED

SAT/ACT Scores

Not required for Non-Traditional Transfer students

ACCUPLACER Test

Required for Non-Traditional Transfer students

International applicants whose primary native language or primary language of institutional instruction is not English must document proof of proficiency in English through one of the following options. (Official test scores must arrive directly from the testing source. No photocopies, faxes, scans or email attachments are accepted.):

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 75 total on the internet-based TOEFL (ibT) or 540+ on the paper-based TOEFL
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with minimum scores of 6.5 total
  • Duolingo English Test: Minimum score of 100

Other methods to meet English proficiency:

  • Minimum score of 480 on the Evidence-based Reading and Writing of the SAT or 17 on the ACT
  • Completion of an approved intensive ESL program at one of the following USG (University System of Georgia) schools:
    • Georgia State University - English for Academic Purposes Program, level 5 (Advanced)
    • Georgia Tech - Upper Advanced 700 Level ESL + Certificate of Completion
    • Other USG ESL programs may be acceptable

Contact the Office of Recruitment and Admissions to inquire

  • Earned a grade of "C" or better in College English / English Composition and Rhetoric from a regionally accredited US college or university
  • Two years of English (not ESL) taken in a US high school with grades of "C" or better

I-20/Student Visa Requirements

AFTER acceptance, ISS (International Student Services) will issue immigration documents required for a new visa, or a SEVIS transfer.

ISS does not offer support for students seeking Reinstatement to F-1 status or a Change of Status to an F-1 Visa due to exceptionally long adjudication times. It is recommended that students seeking Reinstatement or Change of Status return to their home country and apply for an F-1 visa.

Financial Verification Form

F-1 Visa students must provide evidence of financial support along with a copy of your passport photo page. Submit the Financial Verification Form with the following:

  • Affidavit from your financial sponsor indicating support required by the institution as indicated on the form
  • Sworn or notarized letter from sponsor’s bank showing required funds available, in U.S. dollars.

Transfer In-Request Form

For students already studying in the U.S. on a F-1 visa, submit the Transfer In Request Form.

Certificate of Immunization

All students must complete immunization forms and holds prior to class registration. You can find more information as well as required forms on the University Health Services website. Please direct all health and immunization questions to University Health Services; their contact information can also be found at the linked page.

Deadlines

Fall: July 15

Spring: November 15

Summer: April 15