For the sixth time since 2001, the student body at Clayton State University has topped the Racial Diversity rankings in U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges edition.
Although Clayton State currently has four active masters programs, the 2009 edition of America’s Best Colleges, which is based upon the 200/2008 academic year, ranks the University’s student population as the most racially diverse among baccalaureate colleges in the southern United States.
Clayton State’s 57 percent African-American student body was a significant factor in the U.S. News ranking, but not the only factor. As the magazine notes, “to identify colleges where students are most likely to encounter undergraduates different from themselves, U.S. News factors in the proportion of minority students – leaving out international students – and the overall mix of groups in each institution’s 2007-2008 student body.”
A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding, comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.