Joel Santiago reports from the Clayton State University campus on the annual Carver college tour

Joel Santiago

Joel Santiago

By Joel Santiago

Clayton State University located in Morrow, Georgia was found in 1969 as a college but in 2005 it was established as a university. Clayton State offers majors in the arts, music, business, science, etc. Clayton offers both undergraduate and graduate programs.

Clayton is a small but really diverse campus. There are 7000 students enrolled as of 2012, but enrollment is increasing due to the positive results from its students. The university has clubs and recreational activities for the students. Clayton’s women’s basketball has won D2 nationals and is currently undefeated. They offer traditional and suite style housing. The state of the art recreational facility is testimony to Clayton’s commitment to the health and wellness of it students, faculty and athletes.000 Clayton 4

The SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges) Visiting Committee recently completed its reaffirmation visit to Clayton State University last week with an exit presentation that typified what Clayton State President Dr. Thomas Hynes characterizes as an “exceptional” result. To maintain accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, an institution must comply with the standards contained in the Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement and with the policies and procedures of the Commission on Colleges. Clayton State recently received praise for the University’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) — Partnering Academics and Community Engagement, or PACE.

Clayton State University has a strong STEM education program. There is a focus to get more women pursuing careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math). For those who want to commit themselves to the computer science field, the school requires those students to have an internship with a technology related company or business in order to graduate. With tuition of $10,000/year, a 2.0 GPA minimum, 430 (Critical) and a 400 (math) SAT score requirement, Clayton is a top choice for the average student. Clayton has given many the opportunity soar. This school also allows the students to experience an adult lifestyle with no curfew.

I like the vision and direction of Clayton State University. Without Carver I would know or be able to tour this college in person.

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