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Shorter University

Shorter University is a private, coeducational, liberal arts university located in Rome, Georgia, United States. Founded in 1873, it is a Christian university historically affiliated with the Georgia Baptist Convention.

Location

Address
315 Shorter Ave
City
Rome
State
GA
Zip/Post Code
30165

Stats

Total Undergrad enrollment
1520
Total Graduate enrollment
330
In State Tuition Fees
19300
Out State Tuition Fees
19300
ACT Score
21
SAT Score
1450
Grade Point Average(GPA)
3.32
Male Female Ratio
46:54
Acceptance Rate
64%
Student Faculty Ratio
13:01

Additional Information

College Type
Private
Religious Affiliation
Baptist Church
Campus Housing
Yes
Mascot
Hawks
Colors
White Columbia Blue Gold
Conference
Gulf South

College History

History

Shorter University was founded in 1873 by Luther Rice Gwaltney, pastor of the Rome Baptist Church, as a women's college known as the Cherokee Baptist Female College. The college was renamed in 1877 to Shorter Female College because of the financial contributions of Alfred and Martha Shorter. Shorter was located in Victorian-style buildings on Shelton Hill near downtown Rome and educated young women at primary, preparatory and collegiate levels. Classes were held Tuesdays through Saturdays and early curriculum included science, music, art, drama and literary works. Through additional contributions from the J.L. Bass and J.P. Cooper families, the university was relocated to its current site just outside of Rome in 1910. During the 1920s the college constructed the first indoor swimming pool in the United States and swimming became a physical education graduation requirement. The era also included the first women were selected for the Board of Trustees. During the 1920s Shorter became an accredited member in the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, in which the university holds accreditation. Through the years of the college struggled with financial problems during the 1930s with the Great Depression and World War II in the 1940s, Led by President Paul M. Cousins faculty took cuts in salary in the periods of crisis. Academics were strengthened through membership with the National Association of Schools of Music

College Specialty

Specialty

The Mission of Shorter College 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 College seeks to accomplish this Mission through quality undergraduate liberal arts programs, specialized professional programs, and select graduate programs. Geographically distant locations provide educational opportunities to individuals who are unable to attend classes in a traditional setting. The College affirms a commitment to the Christian faith and strives to integrate Christian values within a nurturing community in its whole process of education.

Alumni

Alumni

Notable alumni include the famous concert organist J. Buxte Max, Texas painter and art teacher Vivian Louise Aunspaugh, Tennessee businesswoman and politician Marilyn Lloyd, Georgia politician Nathan Dean, opera singer Jamie Barton, Bill Foster, head basketball coach in the NCAA and one of only 16 coaches to win 500 or more games in his career, and Phil Jones, a football coach who won the 2008 FCA Grant Teaff Coach of the Year honor and the 2008 AFCA Regional Coach of the Year. Anthony O'Garro is a professional soccer player currently playing for AC St. Louis in the USSF Division 2 Professional League. O'Garro finished his Shorter career ranked third on the school's all-time assists list with 13 helpers and his 12 career goals rank fourth on the all-time charts.

Campus

Campus

Suburban

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