About Clayton State University
Clayton State University (CSU) is a public university in Morrow, Georgia, with over 6,200 students. Clayton State University is a part of the University System of Georgia.
The main campus is located in a wooded area of 163 acres (0.7 km²) with several ponds and a beautiful lake in the north-central part of Clayton County in suburban south metro Atlanta. The campus is located fifteen minutes from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, with commuter bus directly to the campus and future commuter rail.
Clayton State maintains a satellite campus in Peachtree City. Since 1991, Clayton State’s Spivey Hall enjoys recognition as one of the world's best concert halls, presenting jazz, classical music and all manner of musical entertainment to Metro Atlanta and Central Georgia Audiences. Clayton State is a Division II NCAA Sports Powerhouse - In the fall of 2005, the Men and Women's Soccer teams swept the Peach Belt Conference Championships, possessing top-performing basketball, cross-country, tennis and additional sports programs.
CSU's Business and Nursing Schools, as well as the Professional College enjoy brilliant national and state-wide reputations. The Harry S. Downs Continuing Education Center is home to multiple language programs along with many personal growth programs and some technical education programs. The Downs Center, along with Spivey Hall, are superior venues for conferences and special events of all sorts, overlooking the main campus lake.
CSU was originally founded in 1969, and was originally known as Clayton Junior College. When the school became a four year institution in 1986, the institute took on the name Clayton State College. In 1996, the Georgia Board of Regents renamed many higher-ed institutions, with the institute becoming Clayton College and State University. In 2004, the go ahead for developing a masters program was given by the Board of Regents. In 2005, in anticipation of its first masters program, the name was changed to Clayton State University, reflecting both the masters program and eliminating the confusion of the prior name. This was the fourth name change in its forty year history with four presidents. The masters program was formally approved in November 2005 and is now part of the School of Graduate Studies that guides four masters programs including the MALS, an MBA, an MHA and an MSN.
In Fall of 2008, CSU opened their first on-campus housing named Laker Hall, with capacity for 451 beds.