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About Shaw University

Shaw University is a private, religious school in an urban setting in Raleigh, North Carolina. Shaw University was founded in 1865 and now enrolls around 1,283 students a year, including 1,152 undergrads.

Shaw University offers housing for up to 1,095 students. Most students live off campus,.

2021 Shaw University Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 71%
Average GPA 2.6
Tuition $11,808

2022 Shaw University Regular Decision Application Deadline

Early Admission at Shaw University

Shaw University does not offer early decision or early action.

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Shaw University Acceptance Rate

It is slightly difficult to get into Shaw University. In 2021, Shaw University accepted 71% of applicants. Out of 6,437 applications received in 2021, 4,542 students were offered admission.

Shaw University Waitlist

Shaw University reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in 2021.

How Do I Get Into Shaw University?

Shaw University is considered slightly difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to Shaw University, applicants must submit the following items.

Shaw University Application Requirements

Shaw University Average GPA and Test Scores

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 2.6 out of 4.0.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to Shaw University.

Is Shaw University Test Optional?

Shaw University does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 61% submitted the SAT. 42% submitted the ACT.


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Dorms at Shaw University

Yes! Shaw University provides on-campus housing for up to 1,095 students.

Shaw University students are active in the school's Student Government Association, choir and University band. University Convocation, Homecoming, and and Honors Convocation are a few of the events that the campus rallies behind each year.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at Shaw University.

Financial Aid at Shaw University

Shaw University meets 63% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Shaw University full-time are awarded $8,846 a year in financial aid, on average.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is awarded ona first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Is Shaw University a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how selective a college is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Shaw University

About 67% of students who start at Shaw University come back the next year.

The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes and Debt for Shaw University Grads

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2021 was around $15,982 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Shaw University sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Shaw University a good school for you?

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Where is Shaw University Located?

Shaw University is located in the urban setting of Raleigh, North Carolina.

If you want to see Shaw University for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 40 to Raleigh, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Raleigh-Durham International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Shaw University and Raleigh are like without leaving home.

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College Info

118 East South Street Raleigh, NC 27601-2399

Campus Setting: Urban

Shaw University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jul 30

Transfer Applications are Due

Jul 30

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Shaw University is Jul 30.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Shaw University is Jul 30.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

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Shaw University ACT Scores

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ACT Range

13 - 18

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

18 and Above

Good

13 to 18

Avg

13 and Less

Low

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Shaw University SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

770 - 958

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Math SAT Range

380 - 485

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Reading SAT Range

400 - 480

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Shaw University Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees

$26,294

In State

$26,294

Out-of-State
Cost Breakdown
In State
Out-of-State
State Tuition
$11,808
$11,808
Fees
$4,672
$4,672
Housing
$8,514
$8,514
Books
$1,300
$1,300

Student Life

Wondering what life at Shaw University is like? There are approximately 1,283 students enrolled at Shaw University, including 1,152 undergraduate students and 131 graduate students. 91% percent of students attend school full-time, 61% percent are from NC and 39% percent of students are from other states.

91%

Full Time

9%

Part Time

61%

In State

39%

Out-of-State

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

1,283

Campus Setting

Urban

Acceptance Rate

71%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$16,480

Out-of-State

$16,480

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Jul 30
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