About Shorter University Online


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 Shorter University Online Degree Department is a delivery mechanism for Shorter University’s overall goals of providing a Christ-Centered Critical Thinking atmosphere for students and the community in which we operate. The Online Degree Department is involved in the constant and vigilant search for new prospective students who wish to further not only their education but to grow spiritually in Christ’s love which will allow them to impact their own communities positively. The Online Degree Department’s staff works and develops alongside the Shorter University Admissions staff as we believe we are also called to reflect Christ’s love and service for our students by encouraging and accommodating them as we help bring them into the technological world of online learning.


Shorter University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate, baccalaureate, and masters degrees. Please visit http://www.sacscoc.org/ or contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Shorter University.


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