Shorter College

North Little Rock, AR
School Type:
2-year, Private
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Admission Requirements
Required GPA
Required SAT
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Quick facts
  • Founded: 1886
  • Enrollment: 321
  • Mascot: Bulldogs
  • Colors: Dark Blue, Light Blue, and Gold
  • Motto: Cogito Ergo Sum, "I think, therefore I am"
  • Campus Setting: City
  • Campus Housing: No
Short description

Shorter College, located in North Little Rock, Arkansas, is a distinguished private historically black college with a rich history dating back to its founding in 1886. Established by the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Shorter College was named after Bishop James Shorter, a renowned church leader and advocate for education. The College was born out of a deep commitment to providing educational opportunities to African Americans in the post-Civil War era, a time when such opportunities were scarce. Over the years, Shorter College has evolved, adapting to the changing educational needs of its community while maintaining its foundational values and mission.

Today, Shorter College stands as a two-year institution, offering Associate’s degrees to a student body of approximately 321. The College's academic programs are diverse, including majors in Christian Leadership, General Studies, Entrepreneurial Studies, Criminal Justice, and Computer Science. These programs reflect the College's commitment to preparing students for leadership roles in various fields, fostering a spirit of innovation and critical thinking. The College's motto, "Cogito Ergo Sum" ("I think, therefore I am"), encapsulates its emphasis on intellectual development and self-awareness.

While Shorter College does not have an athletics program, its focus remains on academic excellence and personal growth. The College's urban campus setting provides students with a dynamic learning environment, rich in cultural and educational resources. Despite not offering campus housing, Shorter College creates a close-knit community where students are encouraged to think critically, lead effectively, and contribute positively to society. The legacy of Shorter College as a beacon of learning and opportunity in the African-American community continues to shine brightly, making it a vital part of the network of historically black colleges and universities.

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Popular Majors
  • Christian Leadership
  • General Studies
  • Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Criminal Justice 
  • Computer Science

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NJCAA Division II  - Region 2

Team Name: Bulldogs

Men’s Sports:

  • Basketball

Women’s Sports:

  • Basketball

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