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Shaw University Admission Requirements

Raleigh, North Carolina

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Your chances of getting into Shaw University

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

61%
Admission Difficulty for Shaw University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Unavailable 
Applicant Competition Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Shaw University is 61%.  Its admission rate is the 16th lowest in North Carolina.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Shaw University and can you get accepted?

Shaw University is a moderately competitive school to get into. You have a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the criteria. Last year, 1,486 out of the 2,435 who applied 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. 13% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into Shaw University?

61% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

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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

Shaw University GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 

2.6

Typical High School Grades 

C+

What GPA do you need to get into Shaw University?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into Shaw University are to have around a 2.6 high school GPA. You can get into Shaw University with below average high school grades.

If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Shaw University accepts 61% of students who apply.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at Shaw University is 2.6 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn C+ letter grades and regularly score around 77-79 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #56 in North Carolina for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since Shaw University is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 2.6 GPA range.

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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Shaw University SAT Scores

Testing Requirements

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

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 

Not Reported

Applicants Submitting SAT 

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SAT Scores for Shaw University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile N/A
Math 25th Percentile N/A
Composite 25th Percentile N/A
SAT Scores for Shaw University
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile N/A
Math 75th Percentile N/A
Composite 75th Percentile N/A
Average SAT Score N/A
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Shaw University ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 

Not Reported

Applicants Submitting ACT 

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ACT Scores for Shaw University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile N/A
Math 25th Percentile N/A
Composite 25th Percentile N/A
ACT Scores for Shaw University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile N/A
Math 75th Percentile N/A
Composite 75th Percentile N/A
Average ACT Score N/A
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

High School Class Rank

82% of Shaw University freshman are 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

Applying

Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Shaw University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 1,368 1,053 2,435
Accepted 851 630 1,486
Acceptance Rate 62% 60% 61%
Enrolled 76 124 200
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 9% 20% 13%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Jul 30, 2024

Days left to Apply

46

Applicants have 46 days left until the Fall 2024 term applications are due on Jul 30, 2024.

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 Not required for admission, but considered if submitted (Test Optional)
High School GPA Required to be considered for admission
High School Class Rank Not required for admission, but considered if submitted
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required to be considered for admission
Recommendations Required to be considered for admission
Demonstration of Competencies Not considered for admission, even if submitted

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Shaw University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Other Colleges to Apply To 

Students applying to Shaw University often consider these colleges

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

FAQs

What is my chance of getting into Shaw University?

61% 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.