University Description

Shorter College is a private, historically black, liberal arts junior college in North Little Rock, Arkansas. It is the only private historically black junior college in the United States. Shorter College was founded in 1886 as Bethel University by the Twelfth Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church. The college is accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools and offers associate degrees through its six programs.. Read More

University History

Shorter College began as a means to increase literacy among Arkansas's African-American population and foster their civic engagement by offering them access to education and spiritual direction once the Civil War and slavery had ended. In 1885, under presiding Bishop T. M. D Ward, the A.M.E. Church approved the establishment of a joint commission on church schools during its annual conference in Arkansas.
Graduation Rate: 12% Acceptance Rate: 100% Student Faculty Ratio: 19:1 School Setting: rural

Academic Programs

  • Associate of Arts in Childhood Development
  • Associate of Arts in Church Leadership and Ministry
  • Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice
  • Associate of Arts in General Studies
  • Associate of Arts Degree in Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Associates of Arts in Computer Programming

Sports Offered

  • Basketball (M)
  • Basketball (W)