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Shorter College
Established 1873
Type Private (Baptist-affiliated)
Religious affiliation Georgia Baptist Convention
Endowment $27 million
President Harold E. Newman
Undergraduates 2642
Postgraduates 201
Location Rome, GA, USA
Campus Suburban
Colors Columbia blue, white and gold
Nickname Hawks

Shorter College is a private, Christian, coeducational college located in Rome, Georgia. Shorter College is affiliated with the Georgia Baptist Convention.



Shorter College, a Georgia Baptist Institution was founded in 1873 as a women's college, the Cherokee Baptist Female College. It was renamed in 1877 to Shorter Female College because of the financial contributions of Alfred and Martha Shorter. In the 1950s, the college became co-educational. In Spring 2009 , the college announced that it will change its name to "Shorter University" in 2010.[1]


The college is located on a 155-acre campus in Rome. There are satellite campuses in North Atlanta, Lawrenceville, Georgia and Riverdale, Georgia.


Shorter College has been linked to the Georgia Baptist Convention (part of the Southern Baptist Convention) since 1959. In 2005, the college attempted to break away from the convention. The Georgia Supreme Court, however, ruled that Shorter's board didn't have the authority to sever ties with the convention. The Georgia Baptist Convention continues to pick trustees for the college.


In 2005, the college enrolled approximately 1,000 students in its traditional programs with an additional 1,500 individuals enrolled in its professional studies programs. Shorter offers bachelor's degrees in 30 fields of study as well as some master's degrees.

Shorter College claims to have had a graduate school acceptance rate of 80 percent and an 87 percent acceptance rate to medical colleges over the past fifteen years.[2]

Notable persons

Notable alumni include the famous concert organist J. Buxte Max, 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.[3][4] Noted faculty members include Carmen Acevedo Butcher, an English professor and 2006 Carnegie Foundation Professor of the Year for Georgia,[5], Linda Lister, music professor,[6] and Martha Shaw, another music professor.[7]

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