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!
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:
- Josef Silny & Associates, Inc., International Education Consultants.
- SpanTran: The Evaluation Company
- World Education Services
- Other evaluation services accredited by NACES
High school transcripts: document-by-document with GPA (For test optional eligibility consideration)
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:Clayton State University
Office of Recruitment and Admissions
Edgewater Hall, Suite 150
2000 Clayton State Boulevard
Morrow, GA 30260-0285
*If official transcripts are sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
480 - Evidence-based Reading and Writing
440 - Math
17 - English
17 - Math
17 - Composite
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Not required for Non-Traditional Transfer students
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.
Fall: July 15
Spring: November 15
Summer: April 15