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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.

Profile of Shaw University

Shaw University is in a large city, in Raleigh, NC. The school has a Baptist religious affiliation. Shaw University is classified as a private, not-for-profit college. Students at the school earn degrees up to the Master's degree.

Course Topics

The most common major fields study at Shaw University include business and management and security and law enforcement.

Shaw University Selectivity

The school does not admit all applicants. of people who applied to Shaw University in 2007, 49% were accepted. The middle range of verbal SAT scores in 2007 was 320 to 420 for students at the school. While math SAT scores among applicants varied, those accepted commonly had scores between 310 and 420. Shaw University attracts a fair number of students from out of state.

Student Enrolment

The school, in 2007, had 2, 866 students (2, 663 full-time equivalent). A larger than average share of the students at Shaw University are minorities. Adults changing careers are relatively common at the school.

Student Life

Many students at Shaw University are part-timers. Dorm living is common. Shaw University makes available student meal plans. Athletic teams at the school belong to the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association for major sports.

The school reports its educational mission is:

"Shaw University, founded in 1865, is the oldest historically black college of the south. Shaw is a private, coeducational, liberal arts university affiliated with the Baptist Church. The University awards degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Shaw University is committed to providing educational opportunities for a diverse population who otherwise might not have the opportunity for education. The primary mission of the University is teaching with the commitment to maintain excellence in research and academic programs that foster intellectual enhancement and technological skills. Additionally, the University stresses character development, which includes religious, cultural, social, and ethical values. Ultimately, Shaw University endeavors to graduate students with demonstrated competencies in their chosen fields of study. "

Shaw University Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Business and Management120business management, accounting, international business
Security and Law Enforcement60criminal justice and safety
Liberal Arts59sociology, liberal arts and sciences, political science, international relations
Religion and Philosophy56philosophy and religious studies, ministry, religious education, religion
Therapy and Counselling31psychology
Family and Social Work22public administration, social work
Computer Science and Engineering14computer and info science, computer science
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy13parks and recreation studies, exercise science
Science11biology, chemistry
Media11mass communication
Education and Teaching7curriculum and instruction, math teaching, English teaching
Medical Support and Technology3audiology and speech pathology

Contact: Shaw University

Shaw University

118 East South Street

Raleigh, NC 27601

General Phone: (919) 546-8200


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