Shorter University

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School Overview

Shorter University is a private, Christian higher education institution that admits both men and women students. Founded in 1873 in the Southern United States, this liberal arts school was originally affiliated with the Georgia Baptist Convention. Today, Shorter University is located in Rome, Georgia.

With individual academic schools dedicated to seven different academic and career-oriented disciplines, Shorter University awards degrees at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Shorter has total enrollment of about 3,500 traditional and non-traditional students each year. Well-equipped with academic buildings and residence halls, the campus is located on an 155 acres about 70 miles northwest of Atlanta, Georgia. Shorter University offers graduate programs and adult education courses at its satellite campuses in North Atlanta, Riverdale, and Duluth. The university also operates the Robert H. Ledbetter College of Business and the School of Nursing.

In addition to a comprehensive academic offering, Shorter University offers many extracurricular activities for students. Wearing the school colors, blue and white, student athletes and fans enjoy a nationally-recognized athletics program. Formerly part of the NAIA, the Shorter Hawks are moving up to the NCAA II Division and the Gulf South Conference. Students at Shorter also have the opportunity to join fraternities and sororities, take part in clubs and honor societies, and work in school organizations. The student population at Shorter University is 91% Georgian, 6% out-of-state, and 3% international.

General Information

Admission Office
315 Shorter Avenue
Rome, GA 30165
(706) 233-7319
(800) 868-6980
Fax: (706) 233-7224

Contact: John Head
Vice President for Enrollment Management
Main Address
315 Shorter Avenue
Rome, GA 30165
(706) 291-2121

Total undergrads: 1,136
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 330
Degree-seeking undergrads: 1,116

Suburban setting
Large town (10,000 – 49,999)
Residential campus

Degrees offered:


Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $25

Online application fee: $25
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 61%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 73%

College Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Drama/Theater Arts B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – Piano/Organ B
Music – Voice/Opera B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business Administration/Management B
Business/Managerial Economics B
Sports Management B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B
Public Relations B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer/Information Sciences – General B


Art Teacher Education B
Elementary Education B
Junior High Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

French B
Spanish B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

General Studies B
Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Global Studies B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Studies B
Natural Resources & Conservation – General B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Sport/Fitness Administration B

Philosophy & Religion

Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B


Psychology – General B

Social Sciences

Social Sciences – General B
Sociology B

Theological Studies & Religious Vocations

Religious/Sacred Music B
Theology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Shorter University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (706) 291-2121
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online:
Address: 315 Shorter Ave, Rome, GA 30165
Setting: City: Small
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 1,487
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 40%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 12 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 922 (62% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Associates, Bachelor's, Master's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $22,370
Out-of-state Tuition: $22,370
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $15,037

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Shorter University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Shorter University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 2
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 52
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 1
Education 7
English Language and Literature/Letters 1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 1
Health Professions and Related Programs 1
History 1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 12
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 3
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 1
Philosophy and Religious Studies 1
Physical Sciences 1
Psychology 1
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 1
Social Sciences 1
Theology and Religious Vocations 2
Visual and Performing Arts 6
Grand total 1412

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Shorter University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $22,370
Out-of-state $22,370
Books and supplies $1,200

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $12,560
Out-of-state $12,560

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 320 100%
Grant or scholarship aid 320 100% $15,037
Student loan aid 246 77% $6,365

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 1,125 83% $14,468
Federal student loans 847 63% $7,294

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Shorter University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Shorter University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 1,643 792 851
Percent admitted 100% 62% 59%
Percent admitted who enrolled 20% 21% 18%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Shorter University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 1,487
Undergraduate enrollment 1,394
Graduate enrollment 93

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Shorter University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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