Shaw University
Raleigh, NC 27601


Type 4 year
Control Private
Business model Not for Profit
Campus size Small
Campus locale City
Degrees offered Undergrad & Graduate
Calendar system Semester
Total enrollment 1,844
Religious affiliation Baptist
Student to faculty ratio 19:1
Campus housing
Dormitory capacity 1,049 students
Freshmen are required
to live on campus
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


Acceptance Rate
(Fall 2016)

Shaw University is very selective in its admission process. In Fall 2016, it received 9,608 applications and only 4,695 students were granted admission. Shaw University is at the #47 spot (in a scale of 1 to 100) in terms of admission difficulty out of 1,781 4 year colleges in the U.S.

Test Scores

Students admitted and enrolled in Fall 2016 have test scores in the following ranges.

Application Fee

Undergrad students
Graduate students
Learn more about admission requirments

Tuition & Fees

In 2016-2017 academic year, Shaw University's tuition was $11,908 for all students regardless of residency (55.6% cheaper than the national average tuition of a typical 4-year private institution)

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price
National Average = $22,127
In State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
Learn more about tuition & fees

Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 98% of Shaw University's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 89% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $4,888 (which is 11.1% above the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at Shaw University in 2016-2017, was 364, which is 91% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $6,803 (which is 15.4% above the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,400
Federal Loan
National Average = $5,895
Financial aid
National Average = 92%
Learn more about financial aid

Student Body

In Fall 2016, Shaw University has enrolled a total of 1,844 students (1,678 students full-time and 166 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 1,844 students, 72 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 43% men and 57% women and 1,713 students were enrolled for undergraduate programs and 131 for graduates studies.

The institution also enrolled 176 students for distance studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

Black/African American: 67%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 27%

Non-resident alien: 2%

Two or more races: 2%

White: 1%

Hispanic: 0%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%

Asian: 0%


Listed below are the 10 largest majors offered at Shaw University.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 14% 94
Public Administration And Social Service Professions 10% 66
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs 6% 42
Education 6% 40
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, And Fitness Studies 6% 38
Social Sciences 5% 34
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting And Related Protective Services 4% 30
Theology And Religious Vocations 4% 30
Health Professions And Related Programs 4% 26
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 3% 18

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 55%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of Shaw University full-time students who started class in 2010 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

Still enrolled
Dropout rate
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Earnings After College

Median Annual Income
national average: $33,604

The typical median income of Shaw University graduates 6 years after enrollment is $21,600. Last year, out of the total 1,106 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 973 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 1,233 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 1,048 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $21,600 $27,100
Employment Rate 88% 85%
Total Graduates 1,106 1,233

Campus Location

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Nearby Colleges

Nearby 4 year colleges within 100 mile radius of Shaw University.

William Peace University
1.2 mile away
Meredith College
3.4 mile away
Apex School of Theology
15.5 mile away
Duke University
23.1 mile away
Campbell University
25.6 mile away
Heritage Bible College
34.7 mile away
Barton College
40.6 mile away