Saturday, August 16, 2008

It’s Back to School at Clayton State

It’s back to school on Monday, Aug. 18 for Clayton State University… the newest residential campus in the State of Georgia.

The students in the University’s first on-campus housing, Laker Hall, will be starting classes Monday morning as part of approximately 6000 graduate and undergraduate students in two locations – the main campus in Morrow and the University’s instructional site, Clayton State – Fayette, located in Peachtree City, Ga.

Laker Hall, the 451-bed, 178,000 square foot student housing facility located on the north side of Clayton State Boulevard, opened on Tuesday, Aug. 12, and students – mostly first-time, full-time freshmen – having been moving in since Thursday, Aug. 14. They’re joining a fairly select grouping nationwide, since only about one-third of all colleges and universities in the U.S. have on-campus residential housing for students.

“The success of our students has always been the primary focus at Clayton State University,” says Clayton State President Dr. Thomas K. Harden. “Our professors have, from the beginning of the institution, provided their expertise and effort to each student so he or she would have a good opportunity to succeed in class. We have also provided our guidance and personal assistance to enhance students’ probability of reaching their life goals.

“In 2008, as the new residence hall comes on line, Clayton State continues to provide transformational experiences for our students.”

Laker Hall is a public/private venture, funded by a bond project with the Development Authority of Clayton County the issuing agency. Built and paid for without the use of any state funds, Laker Hall is owned by Clayton State University Foundation Real Estate I LLC, and leased to the University System of Georgia with the lease payments coming from housing rental.

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.
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