International Programs – Shorter University

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What do I need to know before I travel?

Find out important information you will need to know before you make your trip to the United States.

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We now offer in-house evaluation of undergraduate and graduate transcripts!
*Upon individual evaluation, the student’s transcript may require additional evaluation by certified evaluation services.

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.




Big Cities. Big Community.

Location map showing Shorter University in relation to 3 major cities

Shorter has easy access to Atlanta–one of the biggest and most diverse cities in the United States–as well as Birmingham and Chattanooga. Even still, 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.

Rankings & Recognition


Shorter University is ranked on the following lists:

Shorter University Rankings

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

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.


  • Cambridge Test of English: 160
  • IELTS- 5.0
  • TOEFL- 61
  • SAT- 900 overall (450 on both the critical reading and math sections)
  • ACT- 19 composite
  • PTE- 44
  • iTEP- 3.0-3.4


  • Cambridge Test of English: 160
  • IELTS- 5.0
  • TOEFL- 68
  • SAT- 900 overall (450 on both the critical reading and math sections)
  • ACT- 19 composite
  • PTE- 47
  • iTEP- 3.5-3.9

You do not need to submit a test score if:

  • You are a transfer student who has completed more than 24 transferrable credits
  • You studied at Atlanta English Institute (AIE) and completed its IEP program (Level 7).
  • 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
  • Get information about Shorter University’s Partnership with AEI for your ESL needs:

We are proud partners of Atlanta English Institute (AEI) for your ESL needs.

International students who wish to attend Shorter University and meet all academic requirements but still need further English Proficiency, can apply and obtain a conditional admission to Shorter University.

You can complete your English training at AEI and once you finish their IEP program (Level 7) you can enroll at Shorter University.

AEI has more than 25 years of experience in providing academic excellence in English as a Second Language Training (ESL) in Atlanta. It is located in the heart of the metro Atlanta area within easy reach of the highway and public transportation. Shorter University is only 1 ½ hr. to the north of AEI.

To obtain more information about AEI, please contact:

Jenny Vega | Admissions Coordinator
Atlanta English Institute
4000 DeKalb Technology Parkway
Building 500, Suite 550, Atlanta, GA 30340
Main: 770-455-9226 | Fax: 770-455-8336

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.

We now offer in-house evaluation of undergraduate and graduate transcripts!
We require official transcripts from the student’s high school and college (if applicable). Official transcripts are to be sent from the student’s school to Shorter University.
Please mail documents to:
Taylor Wilkerson
315 Shorter Ave #375
Rome, GA 30165
*Upon individual evaluation, the student’s transcript may require additional evaluate by certified evaluation services. 

Three students looking at a computer

International students need to show financial means to support their studies and living expenses while the United States. Once their financial support documentation is approved, an I-20 will be issued so that the student may proceed in the visa application process.

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!

If you still have any questions after reading our website, please contact


  • Tuition: $21,940
  • Room and Board (double/shared accommodation): $9,400
  • General Fees: $430
  • Misc. Expenses and Books: $3,960
  • Total: $35,730


  • Tuition (for the entire program): $19,000

Annual Fees:

  • Tuition (per year of I20): $12,667
  • Books (per year): $1,600
  • Living expenses (per year): $10,450
  • Misc. Expenses: $6,380
  • Total: $31,097

Scholarships available for international graduate applicants.
Contact Mrs. Tracey Brock or Ms. Taylor Wilkerson for further details.

Feel free to contact us with any questions.
We want to see you at Shorter University!