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C
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Value
    C-
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    C-
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    C+
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    D
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    C-
  12. Safety
    B-
Shaw is a private, Christian university located in Raleigh, North Carolina. As a historically black college, Shaw has a strong history of and commitment to the education of black Americans. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,466 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Shaw acceptance rate is 53%. Popular majors include Business, Social Work and Youth Services, and Communications. Graduating 18% of students, Shaw alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $22,800.
About Shaw University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Address
118 East South Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
Website
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Shaw University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
53%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
ACT Range
Application Fee
$25
SAT/ACT
Recommended
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

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Cost

Net Price
$18,522/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $17,596/ year
  • $30-48k
    $19,066/ year
  • $49-75k
    $21,400/ year
  • $76-110k
    $23,961/ year
  • $110k+
    $23,969/ year

Academics

Professors
C+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
17:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
67%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.21 responses
63%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.27 responses
59%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.27 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,466Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
80
Undergrads Over 25
11%
Pell Grant
86%
Varsity Athletes
15%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 19 responses
Report
  • Outgoing
    53%
  • Different
    21%
  • Diverse
    11%
  • Mediocre
    11%
  • Outgoing
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
95%
Poll
42%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.43 responses
Poll
63%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.46 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 14 responses
Report
  • Unique
    43%
  • Outstanding
    21%
  • Great
    14%
  • Home away from home
    14%
  • Overrated
    7%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$29,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
18%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
89%
National
83%
100%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.13 responses
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I started at Shaw in 2014 as a CAPE Student. The advisors, professors, coordinators and faculty were awesome! I really appreciate the support I received during my pursuit of an undergraduate degree. I was recently accepted at the Divinity school there and I look forward to an epic experience.
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Shaw University is documented as being the first historically black college or university in the south of the United States of America, arriving at a time when the end of slavery was upon men, and solutions for advancement were developed to address the need for education of those that had been enslaved. The school provides the opportunity for growth and development today, building upon those early foundations and allowing those in need to achieve. All that is needed for this university to be at the top of the list of selections is more funding, so as to remain current or exceed the offerings of other schools in the area, the nation, and around the globe.
I am an international student, as many other that came to Shaw. I met many different people coming from different countries. All the diversity at Shaw influences your experience in a good way. School wise, we have good staff, who is dedicated to make you succeed in your career plans. Everyone struggles during school, but there is many people (advisors, professors, students, and the faculty) who are there for us during those times. The only thing I would really like to improve at Shaw would be the quality of classes and doing the practical assignments during the classes instead of mostly theory.