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Shorter University

  • Rome, GA
    location
  • Private
    type
  • Small
    setting
  • 54%46%
    student ratio
  • 1,642
    total students
  • $19,300 | $19,300
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • August 25
    fall application deadline
  • 64%
    acceptance rate
  • Moderately Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • 491
    sat math
  • 487
    sat reading
  • 472
    sat writing
  • 21
    act composite

Overview

Shorter University Gives Students a Place to Learn Societal Leadership While Remaining Grounded in Christian Values

Shorter University is a small private Christian college in Rome, Georgia, that offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts. Originally founded as an all-girls school named Cherokee Baptist Female College, Shorter University went co-ed in the early 1950s, but maintains its dedication to Baptist principles and the Christian faith. Shorter attained university status in 2010, but while the name changed, the educational experience remains the same.

Residence Halls at Shorter University are single-sex, and each one offers students the option to take part in hall programs offered by the residential staff. Sexually explicit materials and alcohol-related posters are not allowed, in keeping with the Christian morality that Shorter wishes to promote. Students are encouraged to discuss the values that hold together the Christian community as well as society at large.

Shorter University promotes the enrichment of life through art and religion, as well as reminding students of their responsibilities as members of the world community. Shorter's location in Rome, GA, allows students to take advantage of all the Georgia cultural opportunities in the local area, ranging from free concerts and historical tours to rides down the Coosa River

Student Activities at Shorter Include Leadership Programs, Community Service, Greek Life, and More

Shorter University has a wide range of student activities, ranging from the typical to the atypical. Numerous fraternities and sororities are on campus for students to join, and each sorority has a specialized philanthropic mission to support a particular charity, such as breast cancer awareness. For students not interested in Greek life, a number of student organizations exist where students can participate and even take leadership roles.

The Fitton Activities Board (FAB) is a group of students who help select entertainment opportunities on campus, such as dances, films, music concerts, and other special student events. Freshmen are encouraged to apply for the HillClimbers leadership program, to learn how to become effective student leaders on campus, while the Northwest Crescent Leadership Alliance (NWCLA) looks to develop ethical student leaders. Other organizations range from the Model U.N. to the dance team. Intramural sports range from bowling to whitewater rafting.

Students interested in community service can join S.A.V.E. (Students Advocating Volunteer Efforts), and help to organize student volunteering to benefit the local community. Students who wish to spread Christianity can join the student-led Baptist Collegiate Ministries (BCM), which asks students to be the hands and feet of Christ, or by joining the Baptist ministries to lead discipleship groups and join mission trips. Students in the BCM are encouraged to be actively involved in a local church, joining weekly worship services, bible studies, community ministries, and prayer groups.

Finally, in a very unique opportunity, female Shorter students can compete in the Miss Shorter Pageant, where women compete in such categories as talent, interview, and evening wear. The winner is crowned Miss Shorter and receives a scholarship to help fund her education. The winner of the Miss Shorter Pageant goes on to compete for the title of Miss Georgia.

Shorter University Gives Students a Solid Grounding in the Liberal Arts with a Comprehensive Core Curriculum

All students at Shorter University begin in the School of Liberal Arts, taking a core curriculum known as the liberal arts foundation. Students will study religion, health and physical education, chemistry, history, business, and more. These courses form the cornerstone of the Shorter University education, providing Shorter students with the broad knowledge, skills, and versatility required for success in the modern world. Some students choose to continue in the liberal arts, graduating with majors in communications, public relations, English, French, Spanish, or recreation.

Other schools at Shorter in which students can find majors include business administration, education, nursing, the arts, and science and mathematics. Degrees are available in various sciences from biology to ecology, educational focuses such as childhood and middle school, business administration and sport management, and others.

Motivated students who excel can also participate in the honors program known as the Academy of Aristaeus, which offers an enriched academic experience by way of completing a thesis and being noted as honors graduates.

Shorter University Offers Numerous Financial Aid Opportunities Based on Such Criteria as Talent, Academics, and Need

Shorter University offers a wide range of scholarships to assist students in paying for their college education. Academic Excellence Scholarships are awarded based on GPA and SAT and ACT scores, as well as a few Competitive Scholarships awarded based on outstanding academic credentials. Students who excel in music, theatre, art, or athletics should contact the appropriate department about scholarships.

The HOPE scholarship program is available to Georgia residents who graduated from a Georgia high school with a minimum 3.0 GPA, while Baptist Appreciation Scholarships are available to some students who are active members of GBC churches.

Numerous other grants are available on a state and federal level, as well as a work study program and various loan options.


Location & Contact

315 Shorter Avenue
Rome, GA 30165
United States


Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Organizational Communication
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer and Information Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Elementary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Middle School Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mathematics Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • Spanish
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • General Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • Natural Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Parks and recreation
    • Parks, Recreation and Leisure
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Religious Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Theology and religious vocations
    • Religious/Sacred Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Divinity/Ministry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pre-Theology/Pre-Ministerial Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Social Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Art
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fine/Studio Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Keyboard Instruments
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Voice and Opera
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Business Administration and Management
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Accounting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business/Managerial Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

64% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied1,944
    • Accepted1,263
    • Acceptance Rate64%
    • Enrolled1,642
    • Female Applicants1,011
    • Females Accepted663
    • Female Acceptance Rate65%
    • Male Applicants933
    • Males Accepted600
    • Male Acceptance Rate64%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
    • Required for Some Interview
      audition for music and theater programs
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.32
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen August 25th --
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer August 25th --
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 487 420 550
    • SAT Math 491 430 550
    • SAT Writing 472 410 530
    • ACT Composite 21 18 24
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$19,300
    • Out-of-state tuition *$19,300
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$370.00
    • Room and board *$10,200.00
    • Room only *Not Reported
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees, Senior Citizens

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students1,642
    • Male Student Percentage46%
    • Female Student Percentage54%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino4.26%
    • Black or African American16.63%
    • White or Caucasian69%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.18%
    • Asian.73%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.12%
    • Two or more races1.1%
    • Unknown4.87%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout3.11% representing 23 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students14% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements Not Reported
    • Housing options Female-only housing, Male-only housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 54%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station Yes
    • Marching band Yes
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities Yes
    • Greek sororities Yes
    • Local fraternities Not Reported
    • Local sororities Yes
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Baptist Collegiate Ministries, Student Government Association, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Habitat for Humanity, SAVE (Students Advocating Volunteer Efforts)
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Not Reported
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Not Reported
    • Other Not Reported

Athletics

Member of the: National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No Division X Yes
    • Basketball Yes Division X Yes
    • Bowling Yes No No
    • Cheerleading No Division X Yes
    • Cross-country running No Division X Yes
    • Football No Division X Yes
    • Golf No Division X Yes
    • Soccer Yes Division X Yes
    • Softball No No No
    • Tennis Yes Division X Yes
    • Tennis Yes No No
    • Track No Division X Yes
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball No No No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division X Yes
    • Bowling Yes No No
    • Cheerleading No Division X Yes
    • Cross-country running No Division X Yes
    • Football No No No
    • Golf No Division X Yes
    • Soccer Yes Division X Yes
    • Softball No Division X Yes
    • Tennis Yes Division X Yes
    • Tennis Yes No No
    • Track No Division X Yes
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes Division X Yes

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty186
    • Full-time Percentage49%
    • Part-time Percentage51%
    • Female Percentage52%
    • Male Percentage48%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio13:1 or 1,554 students to 123 faculty

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