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Colleges / Shaw University

Shaw University

Raleigh, NC 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate71%

Shaw University Admissions

Shaw University is not difficult to get into. Shaw University admitted 71% of all applicants in 2007. Last year, 6,437 students applied to Shaw University and 4,542 were admitted.

If you are considering submitting an application to Shaw University, the regular decision application deadline is July 30 and the application fee is $25.

Shaw University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Shaw University's admissions stats.

Shaw University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 2.6
Admissions Test Policy Not optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 61%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 42%
Waitlist No

Shaw University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Shaw University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action No
Regular Decision Yes 7 30

Considering Applying Early to Shaw University?

Shaw University does not offer early decision or early action.

➡️ Explore a list of some top colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

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Transferring to Shaw University

Transfer student admissions is not difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Shaw University

Shaw University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Shaw University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are they consider most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis on the admissions factors where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Shaw University

What does Shaw University consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Class Rank Important
Application Essay Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Standardized Test Scores Important
Talent/Ability Important
Geographical Residence Considered
State Residency Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered

Make sure to check with Shaw University for more information on admission factors.

Shaw University 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Shaw University, all applicants must submit the following items. Check in with Shaw University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale)
Other Requirements Class rank
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Shaw University?

Students admitted to Shaw University have an average unweighted GPA of 2.6.

Out of all students that were admitted, 52% submitted a class rank. , 5% were in the top 25% and 18% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Shaw University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA
3.75 and 3.99
3.50 and 3.74
3.25 and 3.49
3.00 and 3.24
2.50 and 2.9
2.00 and 2.49

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Shaw University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Shaw University is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2007, 61% of Shaw University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 42% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Shaw University?

To be competitive with other Shaw University applicants, you should aim to score between 770 and 958 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Shaw University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 958 and 25% of scored lower than 770, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Shaw University students scored 485 or higher and 75% of students scored 400 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Shaw University students scored 480 or higher, and 75% scored a 400 or higher.

To be most competitive at Shaw University, you should strive to earn between 13 and 18 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 18 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Shaw University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 18, and three out of four students scored lower than 18 on the ACT.

A 13 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Shaw University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 13.

More Information on Transferring to Shaw University

For transfer students, it is not difficult to get admitted to Shaw University.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is July 30. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Shaw University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

• Summer Term

Shaw University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Shaw University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Shaw University.

Does Shaw University accept transfer credits?

✅ Shaw University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Shaw University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does Shaw University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Shaw University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Shaw University?

✅ Shaw University is not test optional.

What is Shaw University's acceptance rate?

✅ Shaw University has an acceptance rate of 71%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Shaw University?

❌ Shaw University does not offer early decision.

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Shaw University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Less Selective


How hard is it to get into Shaw University? Shaw University is a less selective institution. The Shaw University acceptance rate is 71%. This means that the institution accepts 70 out of every 100 applicants.


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

Shaw University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

770 - 958


Math SAT Range

380 - 485


Reading SAT Range

400 - 480

Shaw University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Shaw University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 2.6. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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