Clayton State University is a public university in Morrow, Georgia. Clayton State University is a part of the University System of Georgia.
The main campus is located in a wooded area of 163 acres (0.66 km2), with several ponds and a 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. The University has 208 full-time faculty and 356 full-time staff.
Clayton State maintains an instructional site 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. Clayton State is a part of the Division II NCAA sports in basketball, soccer, cross-country, tennis, golf and cheerleading programs.
Clayton State University's School of Business and College of Health enjoy state-wide reputations. The Harry S. Downs Continuing Education Center, overlooking the main campus lake, is home to multiple language programs along with many personal growth programs and some technical programs. The Downs Center is also a venue for conferences and special events.
The institution was 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 Clayton State becoming Clayton College & State University. In 2005, the name was changed to Clayton State University. In 2004, the go ahead for developing a masters program was given by the Board of Regents. Clayton State University currently offers eight masters degree programs and 40 baccalaureate degree majors. The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) degree program was formally approved in November 2005 and is now part of the School of Graduate Studies that guides eight graduate programs including: MALS, Master of Business Administration, Master of Health Administration, Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Arts in Teaching English, Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics, and Master of Archival Studies. The Master of Science in Psychology degree will be offered beginning fall 2010.
In fall of 2008, Clayton State University opened its first on-campus housing facility, Laker Hall, with capacity for 451 beds. Laker Hall is Georgia's first and only gigabit ethernet service residence hall.
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