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315 Shorter Ave
Rome, GA 30165
p. 706-291-2121
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Shorter University

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Shorter College offers a host of fields of study for aspiring students. The school is split into six different colleges independent from one another. They include: the School of the Arts, the School of Business Administration, the School of Education and Social Sciences, the School of Liberal Arts, the School of Nursing, and the School of Science and Mathematics.

The Shorter College School of the Arts offers a bevy of undergraduate studies in an array of fields including: music, theatre, opera and art. The school sponsors renowned guest lecturers and artists from all over the world. The school also sponsors a Summer Arts Institute that is an intense, yet fun, two week venture in to the areas of keyboard, or musical theatre. The Shorter College Music Department is often referred to as the “flagship of the college” and is well-known throughout the Southeastern United States.

The Shorter College School of Business Administration is comprised of just over 300 students and offers many bachelor’s degrees including accounting, sports management, and economics. The school recently announced the creation of the Hopkins Institute for Business Ethics that will offer guidance and instruction in business decisions. Accounting majors at the college have received 3.61 GPA and higher according to a survey taken at the school.

The Shorter College of Education and Social Sciences is comprised of many different areas of study including history, political science and psychology. Through the Teacher Preparation Program, students can enter the field with the necessary skills and understanding to be a competent educator. Upon completion of this program students are recommended for certification in the state of Georgia. The Education and Social Sciences College also promotes an International Students Program complete with an Office of Campus Globalization to serve as a liaison for these students. The Shorter College School of Liberal Arts touts its foundation-building reputation and its start in 1873 as the cornerstone of Shorter College. The many fields of study in the Liberal Arts School make it a premier choice for general studies. Degrees include humanities, religion and communication arts.

The Shorter College School of Nursing has recently added a new bachelor’s of science in nursing program at the school. The new program is set to roll out in 2010 with the school already boasting a nearly 100% placement rate of students who apply to medical school. Shorter College is located in Rome, Georgia which was ranked number one in health care out of 193 small cities in the United States.

The School of Science and Mathematics focuses its studies on the natural sciences, mathematics and computer science. The Department of Natural Sciences offer degrees in biology, chemistry, and ecology. The Robert T. Connor Museum displays over 200 animal mounts of species from all over the world. Students may enroll in a spring class involving intense study of the Barrier Islands in Georgia. The class culminates with a trip to Ossabow Island to camp and study in the field.

The Department of Mathematics offers bachelor’s degrees in computer information systems and mathematics education among others. The department directs its students for entrance into graduate school and beyond.

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Admission requirements at Shorter College include a non-refundable application fee and a personal written statement reflecting on the goals of the student. An official high school transcript or GED is accepted along with an official SAT or ACT score report.

Transfer students must show all records of previously attended colleges.

Shorter College is a part the National Association of Schools of Music and must follow guidelines proposed by this institution. Applicants to the School of the Arts must follow traditional school application procedures along with auditions in their respected fields of study. Art majors must submit a portfolio prior to acceptance to the program.

Financial Aid

Shorter College offers many means of financial aid including scholarships and loans. The school also sponsors many financial aid programs for professional studies students and high school junior and seniors looking to seek college credit. Shorter College also provides a limited number of Baptist Appreciation scholarships to students active in the Baptist religion.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3429th for the average student loan amount.
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Shorter College opened its doors in 1873 as the Cherokee Female Baptist College. Today the school has risen to the ranks of one of the “Best Southeastern Colleges”. The school holds no shortage of student activities. There is a student-led government that hold elections annually. The school hosts over 35 student organizations including the Art Students League, the Shorter Players Theatre Club, and a Model United Nations. The school promotes an annual literary magazine dubbed Chimes which has won numerous awards including the 2005/2006 American Scholastic Press Association Literary Magazine Competition. Periscope is the schools bi-weekly college newspaper.

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Shorter College offers many intercollegiate athletic programs including football, women’s softball, and men’s and women’s basketball. The Hawks are currently part of the Mid-South Conference and the Southern States Athletic Conference in the NAIA. White and blue adorn the uniforms and are the schools official colors.

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Ranks 23rd in Georgia and 1012th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 1 0.06
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 2 0.12
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.06
Arrest 2 0.12

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 143 0.39
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 4 0.01
Forcible Rape 18 0.05
Robbery 62 0.17
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 472 1.28
Larceny 1,655 4.50
Vehicle theft 75 0.20

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Rome, GA 30165
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population37,162 (29,146 urban / 8,016 rural)
Households13,788 (2.53 people per house)
Median Household Income$35,476
Families9,561 (3.03 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Baccalaureate Colleges — Arts & Sciences
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, no graduate coexistence
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate four-year
Size & SettingSmall four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationBaptist
Congressional District1314

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1094th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $19,300 $19,300 $19,300
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $370 $370 $370
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $530 $530 $530
FT Graduate Tuition $12,000 $12,000 $12,000
FT Graduate Required Fees $200 $200 $200
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $423 $423 $423
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $33,230 $33,230 $33,230
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $37,821 $37,821 $37,821
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $24,605 $24,605 $24,605

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $17,870 $18,770 $17,870 $18,770 $17,870 $18,770
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,600 $9,000
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,870(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $9,600 $10,000
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $6,830(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,780(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$25
Graduate Application Fee$25
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 1,597 (860 male / 737 female)
Admitted 1,087 (595 male / 492 female)
Admission rate 68%
First-time Enrollment 309 (169 male / 140 female)
FT Enrollment 307 (167 male / 140 female)
PT Enrollment 2 (2 male / N/A female)
Total Enrollment1,629

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demo
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Gulf South Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Gulf South Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Gulf South Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Gulf South Conference

ACT Test Admission

1017th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 61%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 16 / 24
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 16 / 23
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 23

SAT Test Admission

1007th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 67%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 410 / 530
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 410 / 530
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 820 / 1060

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity765
Meals per Week21
Room Fee$5,000
Board Fee$4,400

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 3102nd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $53,271 ($51,564 male / $49,709 female)
Number of FT Faculty 101 (52 male / 49 female)
Number of PT Faculty 160
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $554,691

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