Shorter College is a private, faith-based, two-year college, founded in 1886 by the African Methodist Episcopal Church. It is the only two-year HBCU in the state of Arkansas with a spring 2013 enrollment of 236 students. Shorter College came into existence twenty years after the end of the Civil War. The college was initially named Bethel University, housed in the basement of Bethel Methodist Episcopal Church. The name was changed to Shorter College in 1903, the same year the first building was erected and named Tyree Hall.