Student Achievement

Founded in 1873, Shorter University is a Christ-centered, four-year liberal arts university committed to excellence in education. U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review annually include Shorter on their lists of best Southeastern Colleges. The university offers traditional bachelor’s degrees in 40 areas of study, online courses and degree programs, undergraduate programs for working adults, associate’s, and master’s programs.

Student Data

12-Month Headcount

2016

Unduplicated 12-month headcount of all students and of undergraduate students (2015-16) and total FTE enrollment (2015-16)

Source: IPEDS Data Feedback Report 2017*

2017

Unduplicated 12-month headcount and total FTE, by student level: 2016-17

2017 TARGET: To meet or surpass comparison group when IPEDS Data for 2017 is published.
Source: IPEDS Data


Graduation and Retention

Retention rates for first-time students pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees:

2016

Retention rates of first-time bachelor’s degree seeking students, by attendance level: Fall 2015 cohort

NOTE: Retention rates are measured from the fall of first enrollment to the following fall.
Source: IPEDS Data Feedback Report 2017

2017

First to second year retention rates of first-time bachelor’s degree-seeking undergraduates: Fall 2017

2017 TARGET: To meet or surpass comparison group when IPEDS Data for 2017 is published.
Source: IPEDS Data


Completion Rates

2016

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates of full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates within 4 years, 6 years, and 8 years: 2008 cohort


Source: IPEDS Data Feedback Report 2017

2017

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates of full-time, first-time, bachelor’s degree-seeking undergraduates within 4 years, 6 years, and 8 years: 2008 cohort

2017 TARGET: To meet or surpass comparison group when IPEDS Data for 2017 is published.
Source: IPEDS Data


Graduation Rate

2009 Cohort: Graduation rate of full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates within 150% of normal time to program completion

Source:  IPEDS Data Feedback Report 2016

2010 Cohort: Graduation rate of full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates within 150% of normal time to program completion (most recent data available)

TARGET: To meet or surpass comparison group when IPEDS Data for 2011 cohort is published.
Source: IPEDS Data Feedback Report 2017


Employment and Finances

Four-year official cohort default rates:

2016 TARGET: To keep student loan default rate below national average when IPEDS Data is published.
Source: IPEDS College Navigator; National Average


Survey of 2017 Graduates Employed or in Graduate School within One Year of Graduation:

 

Total Numbers

% of Total Employed or in Grad School

2018 TARGET: 95% of graduates employed or in graduate school within one year of graduation.


College of Arts and Sciences


(40 out of 40 responses to survey)

% Arts & Sciences Employed or in Grad School

Departments that achieved 100% of graduates employed or in graduate school:

Christian Studies

English, Modern Languages, and Liberal Arts

Mathematics

Natural Sciences

Social Sciences


College of Business


(19 out of 39 responses to survey)

% Business Employed or in Grad School


School of Education


(18 out of 18 responses to survey)

% Education Employed or in Grad School


School of Fine and Performing Arts


(11 out of 11 responses to survey)

% Fine Arts Employed or in Grad School


School of Nursing


(12 out of 20 responses to survey)

% Nursing Employed or in Grad School


Online Program


(46 out of 107 responses to survey)

% Online Employed or in Grad School


*Comparison group of schools for figures above are taken from IPEDS Data Feedback Report 2017. Schools included are: Belhaven University (Jackson, MS), Berry College (Mount Berry, GA), Brenau University (Gainesville, GA), Brewton-Parker College (Mount Vernon, GA), Carson-Newman University (Jefferson City, TN), Clark Atlanta University (Atlanta, GA), Covenant College (Lookout Mountain, GA), Emmanuel College (Franklin Springs, GA), Gardner-Webb University (Boiling Springs, NC), Huntingdon College (Montgomery, AL), LaGrange College (Lagrange, GA), Lee University (Cleveland, TN), Lees-McRae College (Banner Elk, NC), Liberty University (Lynchburg, VA), Mars Hill University (Mars Hill, NC), Millsaps College (Jackson, MS), Morehouse College (Atlanta, GA), Newberry College (Newberry, SC), North Greenville University (Tigerville, SC), Oglethorpe University (Atlanta, GA), Paine College (Augusta, GA), Piedmont College (Demorest, GA), Presbyterian College (Clinton, SC), Reinhardt University (Waleska, GA), Samford University (Birmingham, AL), Spelman College (Atlanta, GA), Truett McConnell University (Cleveland, GA), Wesleyan College (Macon, GA), Young Harris College (Young Harris, GA).

†Percentages are calculated from total number of survey respondents.