Private 4 Year

Shaw University

Raleigh, North Carolina

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Shaw University overview
Location Raleigh, North Carolina
Online shawu.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large City
Religious Affiliation Baptist
Shaw University overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Shaw University, founded in 1865, is a private historically black university located in Raleigh, North Carolina, offering a suburban campus environment within a short distance from the amenities and opportunities of a major city. As the first historically Black institution of higher education in the Southern United States, Shaw holds a significant place in American history and continues to make an impact through its commitment to academic excellence and social responsibility. The university offers undergraduate degrees in a variety of fields, with notable programs in business, social sciences, and teacher education. Shaw's application process is characterized by a moderately selective admission standard, aiming to enroll students who demonstrate potential and determination. On-campus living is available, with student housing that supports a range of residential experiences. While Shaw University competes in NCAA Division II athletics, it is particularly recognized for its contributions to academia and civil rights rather than its athletic program.

In the most recent statistical year 2,435 prospective students applied, and 1,486 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 200 enrolled in the school.  900 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 167 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $11,808 plus fees of $4,672.

Shaw University is a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) primarily serving the African-American community.
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Admission Standards

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GPA 2.6

Applications Accepted

Shaw University overview
Applications Due Jul 30, 2024
Applicant Competition Low
Application Fee $25

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Shaw University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,300
Other Fees$4,672
Room and Board $8,514
Budget for Other Expenses$3,440
Total One Year Cost$29,734

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$29,000 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

27% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Shaw University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 27%
Human Services 14%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting 10%
Social Sciences 8%
Psychology 7%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=199643 IPEDS survey data for Shaw University.

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