Shorter College: Narrative Description

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315 Shorter Ave.
Rome, GA 30165
Tel: (706)291-2121
Free: 800-868-6980
Admissions: (706)233-7342
Fax: (706)236-1515
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent Baptist, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1873. Setting: 155-acre small town campus with easy access to Atlanta. Endowment: $18.9 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $6182 per student. Total enrollment: 896. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 11:1. 645 applied, 87% were admitted. 32% from top 10% of their high school class, 56% from top quarter, 84% from top half. Full-time: 849 students, 56% women, 44% men. Part-time: 47 students, 68% women, 32% men. Students come from 20 states and territories, 23 other countries, 4% from out-of-state, 0% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 6% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 6% international, 8% 25 or older, 63% live on campus, 9% transferred in. Retention: 75% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; visual/performing arts; biological/life sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Off campus study at Berry College. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 2.0 high school GPA, 1 recommendation, interview. Required for some: interview, audition for music and theater programs. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 8/25. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $18,670 includes full-time tuition ($12,500), mandatory fees ($270), and college room and board ($5900). College room only: $3300. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $285 per semester hour.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 9 open to all; local fraternities, local sororities; 15% of eligible men and 23% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Baptist Student Union, Student Government Association, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Shorter Players, Habitat for Humanity. Major annual events: Midnight Breakfast, Shorter Fest, Parents' Weekend. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols. 600 college housing spaces available; 534 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Livingston Library with 134,201 books, 7,334 microform titles, 596 serials, 4,645 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $502,324. 100 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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