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Shorter by the Numbers

Why Shorter?

Shorter University is ranked a Best Southeastern College by the Princeton Review. It is easy to see why. We have faculty from around the world, some who obtained degrees from schools like Harvard University, The Julliard School, the University of Denver, and the University of Virginia. Our small, interactive classes mean they can give students personalized attention and support.

We have easy access to Atlanta – one of the biggest and most diverse cities in the United States – but there is always something going on right here on campus. At Shorter, we are a caring community that wants to see all our students succeed academically and grow spiritually.

Location map showing Shorter University in relation to 3 major cities

Rankings & Recognition

Shorter University is ranked on the following lists.

Safest College in Georgia

~ 2016 Safest Colleges

Best Regional Colleges South

~ U.S. News & World Report Rankings & Reviews Best Colleges

25 Best Christian Colleges and Universities in the South 2017

~ Christian Universities Online

50 Most Affordable Christian Colleges and Universities 2017

~ Christian Universities Online

The Princeton Review annually includes Shorter on its list of Best Southeastern Colleges.

Facilities & Services on Campus

Writing support and personal tutoring

Academic advising

Career counseling

Health Services

Private or shared accommodations

Dining facilities open every day

24/7 emergency phone line

Counseling services

Sports and recreation facilities

Events and trips for international students

Legal advising

Support from the International Programs office

Admission Requirements

Online application

Group photo of students at Shorter HomecomingGo here to apply. Start this as soon as possible so we will know you are interested. We can walk you through the rest of the steps after this.

To apply for a Bachelor’s degree, choose Traditional Program Application. To apply for a Master’s degree, choose College of Adult and Professional Programs Application.

STEP 2: Test scores


Only native English Speakers must take the SAT or ACT. 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.

You do not need to submit a test score if:

  • You studied at Georgia Tech Language Institute and passed all 700-level academic track courses with a B-average
  • You studied at an EF Language Center and completed University Prep level C1-3

If you have completed an ESL program in any other center that is different from those listed here, please provide us with details about the program and level you achieved because you could be exempt from further English proficiency tests.

Academic credentials

We need to see your transcripts from high school and any college courses you have taken. If you studied in the US, have the school send us your official transcripts. If your studies took place outside the US, you must have your coursework evaluated by either World Education Services ( or Josef Silny & Associates (

Proof of financial support

Three students looking at a computer

Complete official documentation showing that you, your family, or sponsor are able to pay for tuition and other expenses for your first year (about $35,000). This is a mandatory step for obtaining a student visa.

A Message for Saudi Arabian Students

Welcome! Shorter University is proud to be on the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission (SACM) list of Recommended Universities. Here are a few reasons you will love Shorter.

At many universities it is easy for international students to only make friends with people from their home country. They stay in a bubble of their own culture. This is not possible at Shorter since we admit only a few students per country. Our students have the best opportunity to encounter diverse people, understand American culture, and improve their English.

We know writing academic reports and essays is hard work, especially in a foreign language. Our Tutoring Center offers free writing support and can help students study for almost any course. In addition, professors here have a passion for teaching and they are happy to discuss your work.

Lastly, the staff in the International Programs office are available to help with issues like visas, insurance, taxes, and all the issues of living in a new country. We organize events and trips, and we may even bring in sweets to share!

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We want to see you at Shorter University!


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