Founded in 1873 and located in Rome, Georgia, Shorter University is a private, liberal arts college with a legacy of academic excellence and a dynamic Christian heritage. Shorter University is a Georgia Baptist Institution. Ranked as one of the “Top 20 Southern Comprehensive Colleges” by U.S. News and World Report since 2002 and as a “Best in the Southeast” and a “Best Value College” by The Princeton Review, Shorter University offers undergraduate liberal arts programs, specialized professional programs, and select graduate programs in business.
Shorter University has a long history as an institution that has distinguished itself in the arts and sciences. Founded as the Cherokee Baptist Female College in 1873 and renamed Shorter College in 1877 to honor benefactors Alfred and Martha Shorter, it remained a women’s college until the 1950s, building a strong reputation for excellence, most particularly in the field of music. Since that time, the school has continued to build upon that liberal arts heritage in science, business, education, and more recently, in providing professional education to adults. On June 1, 2010 Shorter College became Shorter University.
The Mission of Shorter University is to provide 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.
The university seeks to accomplish this mission through quality undergraduate liberal arts programs, specialized professional programs and select graduate programs. Geographically distant locations and online classes provide educational opportunities to individuals who are unable to attend classes in a traditional setting. The university affirms a commitment to the Christian faith and strives to integrate Christian values within a nurturing community in its whole process of education.