Shaw University Details

Email Address
Co_Education Yes
Campus Address 118 East South Street
City Raleigh
State North Carolina
Zip 27601
Phone 919-546-8301
Total Enrollment 2670
Motto Strides to Excellence: Why Not the Best?
Level of Selectivity Slightly competitive
Location Shaw University is in the heart of Raleigh, North Carolina, the state capital, which has a population of 208,000. Raleigh is located close to the educational center of Chapel Hill, Greensboro, and Durham. The Research Triangle, a center for governmental and industrial research, is 15 miles away. Three major research universities, Duke, the University of North Carolina, and North Carolina State University, as well as a number of smaller educational institutions are nearby. Raleigh’s location provides access to the scenic recreational facilities of the Great Smoky Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. The airport is 15 miles away; passenger rail is ten blocks away, and bus service is within minutes of the campus.
History Shaw University is a four-year, private, coed, liberal arts institution founded in 1865 by the Baptist Church for the purpose of teaching theology and biblical interpretations to freedmen. It was named the Raleigh Institute in 1866 and the Shaw Collegiate Institute in 1870. Postsecondary instruction began in 1874. The present name, Shaw University, was adopted in 1875, and baccalaureate degrees were awarded in 1878. Shaw continues its affiliation with the Baptist Church. As a church-related institution, Shaw University is committed to providing educational opportunities for students from all socioeconomic groups. The University offers a holistic approach to education through its core liberal arts programs. According to President Talbert Shaw, Shaw prepares students to make moral judgments undergirded by a view of human good. One prominent alumnus, William E. Gary, an attorney, manifested this view of human good by donating $10 million to the University as a way of repaying a tuition waiver he received during his first year at Shaw. Situated on 15 acres, the urban campus is composed of twenty buildings. Shaw is a United Negro College Fund (UNCF) member school.
Band Program Yes
Religious Affiliation Yes
Accrediation Shaw University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Associate of Arts degrees. It is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools to award the Master of Divinity degree.
Costs per Year 2002–03 Tuition: $7560 Room and board: $2376 (room); $3112 (board) Special fees: $800 Books: $750 Total cost: $14,598
In State Tuition 7560
Out of State Tuition 7560
Financial Aid-Institutional Funding Percentage of students receiving financial aid: 95 Financial Aid Specific to the School Army and cooperative Air Force ROTC offer two- and four-year scholarships that pay tuition, fees, books, and a monthly stipend.
Financial-Aid Deadline May 1 (priority)
Admission Deadline July 30 (fall); November 30 (spring).
Entrance Requirements Graduation from an accredited high school (or equivalent) and completion of the following units: 3 English, 2 mathematics, 2 natural sciences, 2 social sciences, and 9 electives (should be in English, mathematics, foreign language, natural science, or social sciences); official high school transcripts; three recommendations; medical form completed by physician; interview required for some applicants; and proof of immunizations. A $25 application fee is required; $40 fee for international students. Admission Application Deadline: July 30 (fall); November 30 (spring). Admission Contact: Director of Admissions, Shaw University, 118 East South Street, Raleigh, North Carolina 27601; Telephone: 919-546-8275; Toll-free 800-214-6683; Fax: 919-546-8301.
Graduation Requirements A minimum of 120 hours and completion of the core requirements, including the following hours: 12 English, 6 mathematics, 6 science, 6 social science, 2 physical education, and a computer course; a minimum 2.0 GPA; complete competency exams in English and mathematics; last 30 hours must be in residence.
Student Body Profile Total enrollment: 2,670 In-state: 2,041 Full-time undergraduates (men/women): 820/1,341 Part-time undergraduates (men/women): 108/260 Graduate students (men/women): 74/67 Ethnic/racial makeup: African American, 2,297; Asian, 2; Caucasian, 66; Hispanic, 11; Native American, 8; Others/Unclassified, 286
Diversity 1321
Student Life Campus Regulations: Freshmen are required to live on campus. Campus Services: Health center, personal and psychological counseling. Campus Activities: Social and cultural activities include theater, choir, and band. Students may work on the student-run newspaper or yearbook. Communication majors or volunteers can work at the student-run radio station, WSHA. Leadership opportunities can be found in the Student Government Association. Greek fraternities include Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, and Phi Beta Sigma; sororities include Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Sigma Gamma Rho, and Zeta Phi Beta. Honor societies are also represented on campus. Housing Availability: 820 housing spaces; freshmen are required to live on campus.
Faculty Profile Number of faculty members: 242 Student-teacher ratio: 16:1 Full-time faculty members: 80 Part-time faculty members: 162 Tenured faculty members: 7 Faculty with doctorates or other terminal degrees: 59%
Athletic Program Shaw University is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II. Intercollegiate Sports: men’s basketball, cross-country, golf, tennis, track and field, and volleyball; women’s basketball, cross-country, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. Intramural Sports: weight lifting, track and field, swimming and diving, gymnastics, field hockey, fencing, golf, soccer, tennis, and volleyball. Athletic Contact: Director of Athletics, Shaw University, 118 East South Street, Raleigh, North Carolina 27601; Telephone: 919-546-8279 or 8281; Fax: 919-546-8444.
School Calender August-May (semesters) Commencement and conferring of degrees: May One summer session.
Degrees Bachelor of Arts: Art, Biology Education, Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice/Prelaw, Elementary Education, English, English Education, Gerontology, International Relations, Liberal Studies, Mass Communications, Mathematics Education, Psychology, Public Administration, Religion and Philosophy, Social Studies Education, Social Work, Sociology, Special Education, Visual and Performing Arts Bachelor of Science: Accounting, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Engineering (3+2), Environmental Science, Management, Mathematics, Physics Associate Degree: Business Management (prison inmates only) Master’s Degree: Master of Divinity
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