Private 4 Year

Shaw University Admission Requirements

Raleigh, North Carolina

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Chances of getting into Shaw University

Acceptance Rate

Admission Difficulty for Shaw University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Unavailable 
Applicant Competition Low 
How hard is it to get into Shaw University and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at Shaw University is 65%.  It ranks #20 in North Carolina for lowest rate of acceptance. Shaw University is a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements. Last year, 1,591 out of 2,435 applicants were admitted.

Shaw University typically accepts and attracts "C+" average high school students with an average GPA around 2.6. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the lower half of their high school class. 9% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The Shaw University application fee is $25 and applications are due by Jul 30.

Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Shaw University you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 2.6 or better
  • Earn C+ grades in high school
  • Submit letters of recommendation from your teachers

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is recommended but not required for admission to Shaw University. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application.

Shaw University SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
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SAT Scores for Shaw University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Shaw University ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
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ACT Scores for Shaw University
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ACT Scores for Shaw University
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ACT Reading 75th N/A
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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Shaw University GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
Typical High School Grades 

What GPA do you need to get into Shaw University?

You can get into Shaw University with below average high school grades. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Shaw University was 2.6 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily C+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #54 in North Carolina for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Shaw University accepts 65% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

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GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

High School Class Rank

82% of Shaw University freshman were in the lower half of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Shaw University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 5%
Top 25% of class 5%
Top 50% of class 18%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

Shaw University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 1,442 993 2,435
Accepted 969 622 1,591
Acceptance Rate 67% 63% 65%
Enrolled 66 76 142
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 7% 12% 9%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Fall 2023 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jul 30, 2023
Days left to Apply

Applicants have 60 days left until the Fall 2023 term applications are due on Jul 30, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Shaw University is $25.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Shaw University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Shaw University Application Requirements
Test Scores Recommended
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Shaw University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes
Other Colleges to Consider 

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


What is my chance of getting into Shaw University?

65% of those who apply are granted admission to Shaw University. Admission competition is low and the college has unavailable admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.