Shaw University

Shaw University

Shaw University is located in Raleigh, North Carolina, United States. It was established in 1865 and is the oldest among the historically black colleges and universities in the South. Shaw University offers degrees in a wide array of subjects including liberal studies, sociology, public administration, computer information systems, elementary education, and religious education. The university's academic divisions are:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Graduate and Professional Studies
  • Shaw Divinity School

Shaw University's athletics department fields men's teams in baseball, basketball, football, bowling, track, tennis, and cross country, and women's teams in volleyball, basketball, bowling, softball, track, and cross country. The teams are nicknamed the Bears.

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Contacting Shaw University

Shaw University
118 East South Street
Raleigh , NC 27601
General Phone: (919) 546-8200

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Shaw University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management125business management, accounting, entrepreneurship, international business
Liberal Arts80English, liberal arts and sciences, international relations, political science, sociology
Security and Law Enforcement57criminal justice and safety
Religion and Philosophy56religion, philosophy and religious studies, religious education, ministry
Family and Social Work42public administration, social work, social service professions
Therapy and Counseling37psychology
Media15mass communication
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy12parks and recreation studies, exercise science, athletic trainer, recreational therapy
Computer Science and Engineering11computer and info science, computer science
Science7biology, chemistry
Medical Support and Technology6audiology and speech pathology
Education and Teaching4elementary school teaching, math teaching
Drama and Performing Arts2drama

Number of programs and degrees for Shaw University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree42130
Associate's degree102
Master's degree282

Shaw University Student Body

Shaw University is a historically black college.

In 2007-2008, Shaw University had a total enrollment of 2,866 students (3,243 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 42%
Women 58%
Full-Time 93%
Part-Time 7%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 96%
Graduate 4%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
Unknown 89%
(Foreign Students) 11%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 25%
20-21 17%
22-24 12%
25-29 9%
30-34 6%
35-39 8%
40-49 13%
50-64 8%
65+ 0%

Shaw University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 55 %
Part-Time 18 %

Shaw University Room and Board (2007)

Shaw University offers campus housing for 1,195 of its 3,243 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Raleigh, North Carolina for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other North Carolina Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 21 meals per week.

Shaw University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal330430
SAT Math320420
SAT Writing320420
ACT Verbal1116
ACT Math1416
ACT Composite1116

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT56%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT39%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)recommended
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Shaw University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 11,696
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 11,696
Room and board $ 7,200
Room charge $ 3,400
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,800
Books and supplies $ 1,300
Other expenses $ 3,240

Financial Aid:
Shaw University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 296200)

Shaw University Faculty

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year0*1*
Associate professorcalendar year9$67,7394$66,099
Assistant professorcalendar year5$57,9525$55,356
Instructorcalendar year3$47,3670*
All faculty totalcalendar year17$61,26510$60,545

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year4$75,7911*
Associate professoracademic year17$53,3254$45,735
Assistant professoracademic year26$43,92419$45,456
Instructoracademic year11$38,4215$37,449
All faculty totalacademic year58$47,83429$44,763

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Shaw University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Basketball Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Baseball Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Track Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports82533

Shaw University Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
International Business/Trade/Commerce

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Elementary Education and Teaching
Mathematics Teacher Education

Family And Social Work
Public Administration
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other
Social Work

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
International Relations and Affairs
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General

Mathematics, General

Mass Communication/Media Studies

Medical Support And Technology
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist

Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy

Religion And Philosophy
Divinity/Ministry (BD, MDiv)
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other
Religion/Religious Studies
Religious Education

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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Shaw University Highlights

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What Sets Shaw University Apart:

Minority % of student body
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Top 5%Shaw University Minority % of student body
% of degrees in religion and philosophy
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 5%Shaw University % of degrees in religion and philosophy
% of degrees in security and law enforcement
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Top 10%Shaw University % of degrees in security and law enforcement
Dorm rooms per full-time student
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Top 13%Shaw University Dorm rooms per full-time student
% students 40 years or older
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Top 14%Shaw University % students 40 years or older
% students on athletic fin. aid
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Top 15%Shaw University % students on athletic fin. aid
% of freshmen enrolled part-time
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 16%Shaw University % of freshmen enrolled part-time
% of degrees in business and management
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Top 19%Shaw University % of degrees in business and management
Selectivity (based on % of applicants accepted)
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Top 19%Shaw University Selectivity (based on % of applicants accepted)

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checked Grants credits for AP courses
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checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked Option to study abroad
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checked On-campus library
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checked Offers athletic scholarships
checked NCAA athletic conference member

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