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Here at Clayton State, we value our adult learners!

As an adult learner, you would fall in to one of the following categories:

The non-traditional freshman category applies to applicants who have been out of high school for at least five years and who have never attended college or have less than 30 transferable hours of college credit. Applicants in this category do not have to meet the same standards as recent high school graduates and do not have to submit SAT or ACT test scores.

The non-traditional transfer category applies to applicants who have been out of high school for at least five years and who have completed more than 30 semester hours of transferable credit. The admission decision will be based on a combination of transfer grades and scores on required admission/placement tests.

Georgia citizens 62 years of age and older are eligible to attend Clayton State without having to pay course and student fees. This special program is open on a space-available basis.

Interested applicants must:

  • Meet all regular admission requirements to the University
  • Be a Georgia resident
  • Present proof of age

62 and Older Tuition Waiver

Application Requirements

Apply online via GA Futures.

Fee waivers cannot be attached to the online application at this time. Access our Fee Waiver policy for more details.

Need help with the application process? Watch the video below!

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.

Applicants must submit an official transcript from each high school, college or university previously attended.

Submit an official transcript

We can accept your transcripts in-person, by mail, or electronically.

You may mail or deliver your transcripts to:

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

We currently accept electronic transcripts from E-Transcript providers such as:

If your previous school(s), college(s), or universities offer this service, submit official transcripts to:

International Credentials

You must submit all official transcripts from your high school and/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 an independent evaluation service, which can be found below:

*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

Application Requirements

Non-traditional Freshman:

Earned between 1-29 semester hours and has been 5 years or more since your expected high school graduation date.

Application for Admission

Required with application fee or official application fee waiver

College Transcripts


Final High School/GED Transcript


SAT/ACT Scores



Yes, offered on campus at our Testing Center.


Application Requirements

Non-traditional Transfer:

Graduated high school more than 5 years ago

Earned more 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


Yes, offered on campus at our Testing Center



  • Fall:
    • Priority* Deadline - July 15
    • Regular Deadline - Aug. 1
    • Final Document Deadline - Aug. 10
  • Spring:
    • Priority* Deadline - November 15
    • Regular Deadline - Dec. 1
    • Final Document Deadline - Dec. 10
  • Summer:
    • Priority* Deadline - April 15
    • Regular Deadline - May 1
    • Final Document Deadline - May 10


Applying by the priority deadline offers several key advantages for students:

  • Applying early ensures timely decision notifications, providing more time to plan and reducing the stress associated with waiting for admission decisions.
  • Early applicants receive priority consideration for financial aid and scholarships.
  • Early applicants also have enhanced opportunities for securing spots in desired academic courses and preferred housing options.