Clayton State University opened in 1969 as Clayton Junior College, with Dr. Harry S. Downs as the founding president. The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia elevated the institution to baccalaureate status (as Clayton State College) in 1986, to university status (as Clayton College & State University) in 1996 and approved the present name on May 18, 2005.
The Office of Institutional Research is responsible for consistent, accurate, and timely official reporting of Clayton State institutional information; using research and analysis in support of institutional management, assessment and planning; to facilitate decision-making and institutional improvement.
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The main campus includes 192 acres (0.78 km2) of peaceful wooded grounds, featuring five lakes and a park-like atmosphere. Located in the north-central part of Clayton County in suburban south metro Atlanta, the main campus is a fifteen-minute drive from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and about twenty minutes from downtown Atlanta. Clayton State also maintains a separate Fayette County instructional site in Peachtree City and offers additional instruction at locations in Jonesboro in Clayton County and McDonough in Henry County
The purpose of Library instruction is to introduce students to the resources, materials, and services available in the Clayton State Library and to assist them in using these resources. In addition to general introductory classes that are routinely offered each semester, the librarians will tailor classes for specialized courses.
The Department of Campus Life seeks to provide co-curricular opportunities for students to engage in transformational experiences that enhance their holistic development.
Clayton State University is a Division II member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), competing in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC). The university fields varsity teams, known as the Lakers, in six men's and six women's sports: men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's golf, men's and women's soccer, women's tennis, and men's and women's indoor and outdoor track and field.
The Student Activities Center (SAC) is the hub for student activities, student organizations, programming and events, fitness, intramural sports, recreation, and fun at Clayton State University!