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Shaw University

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The first college to be established for African-Americans in the Southern United States, Shaw University was founded on December 1, 1865 by the American Baptist Home Mission Society of the Baptist Church. What was originally founded as a college soon gained the status of University in 1875. Since then, it functions as a private liberal arts and historically black university specializing in social research and the liberal arts. Shaw is affiliated with the General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina; and is a member of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.


Shaw is fully-accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Council for Social Work Education, and the American Psychological Association. It also has several degree based accreditations by the Association of Theological Schools; Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Shaw University awards undergraduate degrees in diverse fields such as natural science, business and accounting, religion and philosophy, and education and computer science. It offers various graduate programs such as the Master of Arts in Religious Education, the Master of Divinity, and the Master of Science Degree in Early Childhood Instruction.

Schools and Colleges:

Shaw University is composed of the following academic colleges and centers: College of Arts and Sciences; College of Business and Technology; College of Professional and Graduate Studies; Institute for Health, Social, and Community Research; Center for Early Childhood Education, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Research Center; Center for Prostate Research; Research and Development; Center for Biostatistics and Data Management; Shaw University Social Gerontology Institute for Minorities; Center for Survey Research for the Social Sciences; Center For Experimental Learning And Career Development; and the Shaw University Divinity School.

Shaw Online:

Shaw University understands the needs of students who are unable to attend regular college due to several personal problems and responsibilities, and it offers online courses for such students to be help them complete their education online while maintaining a full time job or family responsibilities. Some of the online courses offered at Shaw University include Allied Health, Business and Public Administration, Computer Information Science, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and Mass Communications.

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Shaw University welcomes freshmen, returning, transfer and International students. Applicants seeking admission to Shaw University must send their official transcripts, SAT/ ACT scores, three letters of recommendation and criminal background history report. Getting a transfer to the institute is also very easy. International students are also encouraged to apply for admission to the Institute. Students whose native language is not English should submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Financial Aid

Shaw University believes in providing equal opportunities to all, and hence it provides financial aid to the needy students to help them meet their educational expense. It provides financial assistance through various forms such as grants, scholarships, and loans. Students seeking financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Some of the financial aid programs offered by Shaw University include Federal Pell Grants, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Plus Loan, Federal Stafford Subsidized Loan, Federal Stafford Unsubsidized Loan, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant Program, Federal Work-Study (FWSP), North Carolina Legislative Tuition Grant (NCLTG), North Carolina State Contractual Scholarship Fund (SCSF), and North Carolina Student Incentive Grant (NCSIG).

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 2354th for the average student loan amount.
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Student life at Shaw University presents learning and enriching experience that develops the overall personality of the students. The Student Government Association (SGA) works like a bridge between the student community and the authorities. It organizes a variety of events and activities at the campus to make the students feel like a part of it. There are also several on-campus student organizations such as Honda Quiz Bowl Team, the Divine Nine, the Student North Carolina Association of Educators, the Shawensis Literary Club, the Pre-Alumni Council, the Shaw Men and Shaw Women Society, and the Shaw Journal Campus Newspaper.

Greek life has a strong presence on the campus. Students can be a part of the several fraternities and sororities on the campus. Some of the Greek organizations include Alpha Kappa Alpha, Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Delta Sigma Theta, Phi Beta Sigma, Zeta Phi Beta, Sigma Gamma Rho, and Iota Phi Theta.

Media and Publications:

The Bear Facts is a student operated newspaper of the Shaw University.

The 88.9 FM or WSHA is the University’s own radio station, serving the entire community.

Campus Facilities:

Residence Life is a vital part of the Shaw educational experience. Though freshmen and sophomores are entailed to live on campus, all students are encouraged to do so. Shaw ensures that living on campus is an exciting experience for the students, offering them a unique opportunity to learn and grow. Each Residence Hall is equipped with all the modern conveniences for the comfort of the students. The dorms include the Flemming-Kee Men’s Dorm, the Dimple Newsome Dorm, Talbert O. Shaw Men’s Dorm and the Talbert O. Shaw Women’s Dorm. Residence life at Shaw has the following features: communal study, shared responsibility, congenial living, self management, mutual respect, acknowledgment of the strengths and limitations of others.

Shaw also offers amazing dining facilities for the students. Some of the eateries located adjacent to the campus are McDonald’s and the Willie E. Gary Student Center, which houses the Bear’s Den (Game Room and Grill), and the Cyber Cafe.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


Shaw University’s athletic department sponsors men’s and women’s teams in diverse sports such as track and field, basketball, football, tennis, baseball, volleyball, golf, and bowling. Shaw is one of the co-founding institutions of NCAA Division II’s Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Conference, which is the oldest African American athletic association in the nation. Their athletic teams participate in the Atlantic Coast Conference and Big East tournaments. Their sports teams are nicknamed the Bears. The colors are Garnet and White.


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  • Shirley Caesar, Pastor and Gospel Music Artist
  • Ella Baker, Leader of SNCC and Civil Rights Activist
  • Dr. Richard Gene Arno, Founder of the National Christian Counselors Association

Additional School Information

There is a Counseling Center at the University that provides academic and career related counseling to the students. Shaw holds several monthly workshops or seminars for the students in diverse areas such as Stress Management, Time Management, Alcohol Awareness, Conflict Resolution, Healthy Lifestyle Choices, Violence Against Women and Men, and Dating and Relationships.


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Information Summary

Ranks 103rd in North Carolina and 2730th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 4 0.17
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 76 3.16
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 34 1.41

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 900 0.22
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 17 0.00
Forcible Rape 127 0.03
Robbery 680 0.17
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 2,985 0.73
Larceny 9,343 2.28
Vehicle theft 914 0.22

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Raleigh, NC 27601
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population10,228 (10,228 urban / N/A rural)
Households3,434 (2.40 people per house)
Median Household Income$16,616
Families1,783 (3.25 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Baccalaureate Colleges — Diverse Fields
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, no graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate professional (other dominant fields)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingSmall four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationBaptist
Congressional District3704

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1355th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $11,808 $11,808 $11,808
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $4,672 $4,672 $4,672
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $492 $492 $492
FT Graduate Tuition $10,404 $10,404 $10,404
FT Graduate Required Fees $2,784 $2,784 $2,784
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $578 $578 $578
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $29,378 $29,378 $29,378
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $30,270 $30,270 $30,270
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $22,170 $22,170 $22,170

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $13,226 $14,414 $13,226 $14,414 $13,226 $14,414
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,300(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $7,560 $7,844
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,440(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,100(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,390(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,390(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$25
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 6,207 (2,286 male / 3,921 female)
Admitted 3,382 (1,266 male / 2,116 female)
Admission rate 54%
First-time Enrollment 507 (249 male / 258 female)
FT Enrollment 495 (242 male / 253 female)
PT Enrollment 12 (7 male / 5 female)
Total Enrollment2,062

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Central Intercollegiate Athletic Assoc
NCAA Basketball Conference Central Intercollegiate Athletic Assoc
NCAA Baseball Conference Central Intercollegiate Athletic Assoc
NCAA Track & Field Conference Central Intercollegiate Athletic Assoc

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,273
Meals per Week21
Room Fee$3,842
Board Fee$4,316

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 3759th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $47,176 ($47,842 male / $46,726 female)
Number of FT Faculty 105 (56 male / 49 female)
Number of PT Faculty 173
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $1,432,906

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