Shorter University

Shorter University is a public, co-educational, Christian university located in Rome, Georgia, in the United States. This charming and bustling mid-sized Southern city, in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains, is brimming with attractions of all varieties. Shorter University offers both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in programs across six schools and colleges that include the College of Arts and Sciences, the Ledbetter College of Business, and the School of Fine and Performing Arts. Bachelor’s students can study programs such as Political Science, Marketing Theatre, and Early Childhood Education. Shorter University was ranked as one of The Best Regional Colleges in the South by US News & World Report.

  • Average Tution USD 21,300
  • Acceptance Rate 85%
  • Students 1,922
  • International Students 2.5%
  • Scholarships Yes
  • Student-Faculty Ratio 10:1

School Description

Shorter University, founded in 1873, is located north of Atlanta in Rome, Georgia. The University's 150-acre campus is home to seven schools and colleges namely, the Ben and Ollie Brady School of Nursing, the College of Adult and Professional Programs, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Ledbetter College of Business, the School of Christian Studies, the School of Education, and School of Fine and Performing Arts. The top five majors at Shorter are Biology, Sport Management, Nursing, Psychology, and Business. 

Today, Shorter enrolls over 1,500 students representing 29 states and 23 nations worldwide. The faculty have terminal degrees from prestigious institutions such as Harvard, Cornell and the University of Virginia, among others. Shorter is proud of the fact that over the last 30 years the Department of Natural Sciences has had 87% of its professional school applicants get accepted into medical schools and also had great success in getting students into research-based graduate programs. Students looking to directly enter into the job market have also landed jobs with a variety of great companies including Georgia Power, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and others. Shorter also offers multiple internship opportunities for international students in the Atlanta area. 

Bachelor Programs

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    315 Shorter Ave NW, Rome, GA 30165, United States

    Youth Ministry

    USD 21,300 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the nature of religious belief and specific religious and quasi-religious systems. Includes instruction in phenomenology; the sociology, psychology, philosophy, anthropology, literature and art of religion; mythology; scriptural and textual studies; religious history and politics; and specific studies of particular faith communities and their behavior.

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    315 Shorter Ave NW, Rome, GA 30165, United States

    Christian Studies

    USD 21,300 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on ideas and their logical structure, including arguments and investigations about abstract and real phenomena. Includes instruction in logic, ethics, aesthetics, epistemology, metaphysics, symbolism, and history of philosophy, and applications to the theoretical foundations and methods of other disciplines.

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    315 Shorter Ave NW, Rome, GA 30165, United States

    Communication Arts

    USD 21,300 Tuition Fee

    Understand communication with a liberal arts emphasis:Acquire and strengthen marketable skillsDemonstrate critical thinking skillsDevelop proficiency in oral communicationDevelop proficiency in written communication

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    Advertising and Public Relations

    USD 21,300 Tuition Fee

    Understand communication with a liberal arts emphasis:Acquire and strengthen marketable skillsDemonstrate critical thinking skillsDevelop proficiency in oral communicationDevelop proficiency in written communication

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    315 Shorter Ave NW, Rome, GA 30165, United States

    Journalism

    USD 21,300 Tuition Fee

    Understand communication with a liberal arts emphasis:Acquire and strengthen marketable skillsDemonstrate critical thinking skillsDevelop proficiency in oral communicationDevelop proficiency in written communication

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    Organizational Communication & Leadership

    USD 21,300 Tuition Fee

    Understand communication with a liberal arts emphasis:Acquire and strengthen marketable skillsDemonstrate critical thinking skillsDevelop proficiency in oral communicationDevelop proficiency in written communication

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    315 Shorter Ave NW, Rome, GA 30165, United States

    Sport Management

    USD 21,300 Tuition Fee

    Sport Management at Shorter University focuses on the preparation of professionals qualified to manage sport organizations, including private enterprises, government or public employment settings, and commercial ventures.

  • Shorter University
    315 Shorter Ave NW, Rome, GA 30165, United States

    Sports Communication

    USD 21,300 Tuition Fee

    Understand communication with a liberal arts emphasis:Acquire and strengthen marketable skillsDemonstrate critical thinking skillsDevelop proficiency in oral communicationDevelop proficiency in written communication

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    315 Shorter Ave NW, Rome, GA 30165, United States

    Criminal Justice

    USD 21,300 Tuition Fee

    A degree in Criminal Justice will open many opportunities for jobs on the Federal, State, County and City levels. The degree will give the student a well-rounded comprehensive study of Police, Courts, and Corrections as well as supporting agencies.

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    315 Shorter Ave NW, Rome, GA 30165, United States

    English Education

    USD 21,300 Tuition Fee

    Initial Certification, Grades 6-12, One Content Area Chosen: English

  • Shorter University
    315 Shorter Ave NW, Rome, GA 30165, United States

    English

    USD 21,300 Tuition Fee

    The study of English focuses upon writing, research, and critical thinking in courses ranging from basic composition to a study of literature reaching back to the Hebrews and forward to contemporary writers. The study involves in-depth analysis of changing social and political aspects as well as emotional and spiritual concerns of people from around the world. With this enhanced awareness, together with the knowledge-based background the discipline offers, students can look forward with confidence to finding a successful place in the world outside college.

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    315 Shorter Ave NW, Rome, GA 30165, United States

    Mathematics Education

    USD 21,300 Tuition Fee

    The mission of the Department of Mathematics is to equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills in mathematics which they can apply in their chosen courses of study, future vocations, and their personal lives. A secondary mission is to instill in students an appreciation for the esthetic beauty of mathematics and the importance of the development of mathematics to human society. Initial Certification, Grades 6-12, One Content Area Chosen: Mathematics

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    315 Shorter Ave NW, Rome, GA 30165, United States

    Middle Grades Education

    USD 21,300 Tuition Fee

    Grades 4-8 Two of Four Content Areas Chosen: language arts, mathematics, social studies, and/or science

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    315 Shorter Ave NW, Rome, GA 30165, United States

    History

    USD 21,300 Tuition Fee

    History is one of the oldest disciplines of human study and one of the foundations of a liberal arts education. The goal of History is to describe, understand and explain the development of human society in all its complex diversity across time and space.

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    315 Shorter Ave NW, Rome, GA 30165, United States

    History Education

    USD 21,300 Tuition Fee

    Initial Certification, Grades 6-12, One Content Area Chosen: History

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    315 Shorter Ave NW, Rome, GA 30165, United States

    Interdisciplinary Studies

    USD 21,300 Tuition Fee

    A program that is a structured combination of the arts, biological and physical sciences, social sciences, and humanities, emphasizing breadth of study. Includes instruction in independently designed, individualized, or regular programs.

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    315 Shorter Ave NW, Rome, GA 30165, United States

    Liberal Arts

    USD 21,300 Tuition Fee

    Liberal Arts/Interdisciplinary Studies majors engage in a holistic, comprehensive approach to education which prepares them to think and operate for a lifetime, not just for a specific profession. Students choose three areas of concentration from degree programs within both the B.A. and B.S. degrees.

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    315 Shorter Ave NW, Rome, GA 30165, United States

    Music Education

    USD 21,300 Tuition Fee

    Graduates of our BMME program are well trained to pass the state certification test and apply for music teaching positions. But that’s not all. With this degree from Shorter University, you will also have the skills to pursue graduate work in music performance, music therapy, or music academics (theory, history, or composition).

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    315 Shorter Ave NW, Rome, GA 30165, United States

    Piano Pedagogy

    USD 21,300 Tuition Fee

    Shorter has a long tradition of excellence in producing pianists and organists. Our graduates can be found across the United States in college teaching positions, as church organists and choir directors, as professional collaborative artists (accompanists), and as first-rate private instructors of piano and organ.As a pianist or organist at Shorter University, you will benefit from excellent one-on-one teaching by professors of piano and organ. You will also have ample opportunity to perform as a soloist and as a collaborative artist.

  • Shorter University
    315 Shorter Ave NW, Rome, GA 30165, United States

    Political Science

    USD 21,300 Tuition Fee

    Political Science uses both empirical and qualitative research to analyze and explain political institutions, systems, and behavior. There are numerous subfields in political science, including political theory, American politics, comparative politics, and international relations.

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    315 Shorter Ave NW, Rome, GA 30165, United States

    Psychology

    USD 21,300 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that focus on the scientific study of the behavior of individuals, independently or collectively, and the physical and environmental bases of mental, emotional, and neurological activity.

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    315 Shorter Ave NW, Rome, GA 30165, United States

    Spanish

    USD 21,300 Tuition Fee

    Spanish majors gain not only a deepened awareness of the culture of the language but also intensive study to increase skills in spoken and written communication. Courses range from beginning and intermediate skills courses to a wide range of advanced courses in composition and literature. A state-of-the-art language laboratory enables students to enhance listening comprehension skills. These methods of language study help to prepare students for a variety of careers in our ever-changing world.

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    315 Shorter Ave NW, Rome, GA 30165, United States

    Accounting

    USD 21,300 Tuition Fee

    This degree program is designed to prepare students for careers in the various fields of accounting and management, including careers in public accounting firms, corporate firms, and governmental and not-for-profit organizations. The program emphasizes a broad background in the arts and sciences through elective courses outside the Department of Business Administration as well as business and accounting courses.

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    315 Shorter Ave NW, Rome, GA 30165, United States

    Economics

    USD 21,300 Tuition Fee

    The economics degree at Shorter University is a study of the theory and practice of economics in both society and business. Economists look for solutions to significant issues such as how people, industries, and countries can maximize their productivity, create wealth, and maintain financial stability. They also research economic growth and fiscal monetary policy.

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    315 Shorter Ave NW, Rome, GA 30165, United States

    General Business

    USD 21,300 Tuition Fee

    This Bachelor of Business Administration in General Studies will prepare individuals to plan, organize, direct, and control the functions and processes of firms and organizations around the world. The students will be prepared to deal with everyday challenges in the business world.

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    315 Shorter Ave NW, Rome, GA 30165, United States

    Management

    USD 21,300 Tuition Fee

    The Bachelor of Business Administration in Management offers a fundamental understanding in the areas of finance, statistics, accounting, marketing, and management. The studies focus on the leadership aspect of business as well as equipping students with the tools to make strategic management decisions based on sound business principles. Students develop an understanding of business language as well as the ability to analyze business problems existing in today’s workplace.

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    315 Shorter Ave NW, Rome, GA 30165, United States

    Management Information Systems

    USD 21,300 Tuition Fee

    Students completing the BBA in MIS; in addition to forming a strong background in information technologies will develop a firm foundation in the skills required to support business operational needs. Student may study in areas such as accounting, economics, general business, marketing, and management in order to complete the requirements for this degree program.

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    315 Shorter Ave NW, Rome, GA 30165, United States

    Marketing

    USD 21,300 Tuition Fee

    Students who enroll in the Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing degree will learn to identify and assess the consumer and industrial market needs, develop marketing strategies to meet those needs through primary and secondary marketing research, and create advertising campaigns. Marketing is an essential part of any business plan in all organizations.

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    315 Shorter Ave NW, Rome, GA 30165, United States

    Church Music

    USD 21,300 Tuition Fee

    The church music degree program was added to the music department curricula in the 1960’s. The first four professors of church music were all conductors of the Shorter Chorale and three of the four were voice instructors as well.

  • Shorter University
    315 Shorter Ave NW, Rome, GA 30165, United States

    Piano

    USD 21,300 Tuition Fee

    Shorter has a long tradition of excellence in producing pianists and organists. Our graduates can be found across the United States in college teaching positions, as church organists and choir directors, as professional collaborative artists (accompanists), and as first-rate private instructors of piano and organ.As a pianist or organist at Shorter University, you will benefit from excellent one-on-one teaching by professors of piano and organ. You will also have ample opportunity to perform as a soloist and as a collaborative artist.

  • Shorter University
    315 Shorter Ave NW, Rome, GA 30165, United States

    Musical Theatre

    USD 21,300 Tuition Fee

    The BFA in Musical Theatre is a professional actor training program designed to prepare students to tackle the professional theatre world upon graduation. We provide a learning environment where we train not just the actor, but the whole person through activities in the classroom, rehearsal space, and onstage in performance.

  • Shorter University
    315 Shorter Ave NW, Rome, GA 30165, United States

    Theatre

    USD 21,300 Tuition Fee

    The BFA in Theatre is a professional actor training program designed to prepare students to tackle the professional theatre world upon graduation. We provide a learning environment where we train not just the actor, but the whole person through activities in the classroom, rehearsal space, and onstage in performance.

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    315 Shorter Ave NW, Rome, GA 30165, United States

    Vocal Performance

    USD 21,300 Tuition Fee

    The Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance is an intense program designed to train the well-rounded singer and musician. The degree centers on private applied voice study culminating in a 25-minute junior recital and a 50-minute senior recital. Students also study Diction, Song Literature, Opera Literature, and Vocal Pedagogy as well as Music Theory and Ear Training, Musicology, Piano, and Conducting.

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    315 Shorter Ave NW, Rome, GA 30165, United States

    Biology

    USD 21,300 Tuition Fee

    Pre-professional students pursuing a BS in Biology are prepared for dental, physical therapy, physician assistant, chiropractic, optometry, veterinary, and medical schools.

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    315 Shorter Ave NW, Rome, GA 30165, United States

    Chemistry

    USD 21,300 Tuition Fee

    Chemistry majors, in general, enjoy a high employment record and acceptance into graduate degree programs.

  • Shorter University
    315 Shorter Ave NW, Rome, GA 30165, United States

    Computer Information Systems

    USD 21,300 Tuition Fee

    The BS degree in CIS provides a sound foundation in information technology principles and practice enabling our students to find a variety of employment opportunities. The emphasis is on applications of information technologies supporting business needs, rather than the computer itself. Students earning a BS in CIS can develop skills in web and application development, systems analysis and design, database management, and IT project management.

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    315 Shorter Ave NW, Rome, GA 30165, United States

    Early Childhood Education

    USD 21,300 Tuition Fee

    Initial Certification, Pre-K -5th grade

  • Shorter University
    315 Shorter Ave NW, Rome, GA 30165, United States

    Ecology and Field Biology

    USD 21,300 Tuition Fee

    A BS in Ecology and Field Biology prepares students for continued study in graduate programs as well as for a breadth of careers in conservation or ecological study including park naturalists, wildlife and fisheries biologist and environmental consulting employment, for example.

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    315 Shorter Ave NW, Rome, GA 30165, United States

    Natural Science

    USD 21,300 Tuition Fee

    Pursuing a BS in Natural Science prepares students with a broad background in life sciences. This degree program provides elective concentrations in either Human Life Science or Environmental Studies.

  • Shorter University
    315 Shorter Ave NW, Rome, GA 30165, United States

    Mathematics

    USD 21,300 Tuition Fee

    The mission of the Department of Mathematics is to equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills in mathematics which they can apply in their chosen courses of study, future vocations, and their personal lives. A secondary mission is to instill in students an appreciation for the esthetic beauty of mathematics and the importance of the development of mathematics to human society.

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    315 Shorter Ave NW, Rome, GA 30165, United States

    Nursing

    USD 21,300 Tuition Fee

    Shorter University acknowledged the need and demand for healthcare professionals. In 2009, Shorter University added the Bachelor of Science in Nursing to its list of strong academic programs. Registered nurses (RNs) constitute the largest healthcare occupation with over 2.7 million nurses employed nationwide. Registered nurses are in great demand.

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  • Avg Aid to Undergraduate 12971
  • Minimum GPA 2.50
  • Minimum incoming TOEFL 61
  • Minimum incoming IELTS 5.00

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    Financial Aid & Scholarship

    Shorter University offers a wide variety of scholarships funded from the University’s own resources. Deadlines and criteria vary greatly, however. Some of these include: the Academic Merit Scholarship, the Shorter Excellence Scholarship, and the Shorter University Enhancement Grant.

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    Established in 1873

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    Shorter University is featured on many prestigious rankings. It is regarded as Best in the Southeast by The Princeton Review, one of the 25 Most Beautiful Christian Colleges and Universities in the South. and features on the list of the 50 Most Affordable Christian Colleges and Universities in 2017. among others. 

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          • Awesome Program from the Non-Traditional Student

            I loved the idea that Shorter allowed me the opportunity to obtain my degree in a non-traditional student setting. I decided to complete my degree at long last in my adulthood and there was nothing better than being in an environment with my peers receiving the same education as the traditional younger student. The accelerated program was what I needed in order to complete my course work without taking literally years in which to do. If I had it to do over, I would most definitely choose Shorter University.

          • 1996-2000, BSBA

            Shorter University Professional Program changed my life!

            I highly recommend Shorter University to anyone interested in furthering their education. I am part of the Class of 2000, and attending Shorter, receiving my BSBA, has changed my life. Shorter made it possible for me to go to school while working full time. The Professional Program made it possible for me to continue working, raising my daughter, while still receiving the high quality in-class learning experience. The teachers and professors brought reali life experience into the classroom. The study groups taught me how to be part of a team, how to work well with others. Thank you Shorter University!

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            1993-1995, Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)

            Exceptional Program with Proven Results!!!

            I highly recommend Shorter University to anyone interested in furthering their education. I am part of the Class of 1995. Attending Shorter, receiving my BSBA, made it possible for me to go to school while working full time. The Professional Program extended an exceptional learning experience. Time constraints, established family, and a full time job were life detemining factors that this program allowed me to embrace, while earning a degree at the same time. The flexibility of the program is unmatched and I am forever grateful for my expereience.