Shorter University

SHORTER UNIVERSITY was founded in 1873, and it is located in Rome, Georgia, only 70 miles from Atlanta, 65 miles from Chattanooga, Tennessee. The University is committed to providing quality higher education, enabling and encouraging student commitment to active life-long learning, personal spiritual values, responsible citizenship, and community and societal leadership in a global context. Shorter University is a caring community that wants to see every student succeed academically and grow spiritually.

At Shorter University, you will experience a community committed to helping you unlock your fullest potential. Shorter provides a vibrant campus life, exciting intercollegiate athletics, and financial aid to make the Shorter experience affordable. There are 35 student organizations, 21 athletic teams, and 11 honor societies.

In addition, 95% of students receive some type of financial aid as Shorter strives to keep tuition lower than most comparable universities. Shorter University recognizes financial assistance is an important key to helping students reach their educational goals.

Since 2003, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Shorter among the South’s best baccalaureate colleges, and the Princeton Review annually includes Shorter on its lists of best value and best Southeastern colleges.

Student Testimonies about Shorter University:

Muhammed Talha, Pakistan“Shorter is like a community for me where I have a lot of close friends due to the size and culture of it. I also love it because the professors are really friendly and supportive.”

Ane Aldana, Guatemala“I love Shorter University because it has become my home away from home. Shorter has been a great place for me to grow as a student, athlete, and friend.”


  • Founded: 1873
  • Location: Rome, Georgia
  • Academic Programs: More than 100 majors, minors, and programs
  • Student-to-Factulty Ratio: 10:1
  • Representation: Students enrolled from 29 states and 23 nations
  • Financial Assistance: 99% of students receive some form of financial aid
  • Campus Life: 11 honor societies, 35 student organizations
  • Athletics: 21 athletic teams, NCAA Division II, 16 national championships

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Shorter University offers a 10:1 student/faculty ratio with over 100 majors, minors, and programs. The interactive classroom sessions provide students personalized attention and support.

Shorter campus services include but are not limited to writing support, personal tutoring, academic advising, career counseling, legal advising, and support from the International Programs office.

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Undergraduate Tuition & Fees: $25,180

Room & Board: $9,400

College of Adult and Professional Programs (CAPP) Tuition 2017-2018: $470/credit hour

Financial Assistance: 5% of top undergraduate international applications are given a scholarship (around 10% of first year’s tuition) based on applicants’ academic standards and achievements.)

*Please note Room & Board costs are calculated according to most commonly taken option.

**Also note, total tuition reflects mandatory fees.

English Proficiency Requirements (pick one)

Non-native English speakers can choose to take ONE of the following: SAT, ACT, TOEFL, IELTS or PTE. Below are minimum scores accepted:

  • SAT: 450 critical reading / 450 math, ACT: 19, TOEFL: ibt 61/ cbt 173 / pbt 500, or IELTS: 5  (Undergraduate programs)
  • IBT /TOEFL Minimum of 68 on the iBT, IELTS minimum of 5 within the last 2 years (Graduate programs)
  • PTE: 44 for undergraduate programs and 47 for graduate programs.

Application Deadline: Shorter University offers rolling admissions but encourages the following dates for submission of applications (for undergraduate and graduate applications): June 15 and November 15.