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  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 1,604 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Shaw acceptance rate is 49%. Popular majors include Business Administration and Management, Social Work and Youth Services, and Communications. Graduating 19% of students, Shaw alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $21,600.
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
49%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
ACT Range
Application Fee
$25
SAT/ACT
Recommended
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$18,126/ 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
    $17,395/ year
  • $30-48k
    $18,507/ year
  • $49-75k
    $21,204/ year
  • $76-110k
    $24,271/ year
  • $110k+
    $24,824/ year
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Academics

Professors
C+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
19:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
67%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.21 responses
60%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.25 responses
56%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.25 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,604Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
15%
Pell Grant
89%
Varsity Athletes
12%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 17 responses
Report
  • Outgoing
    59%
  • Different
    24%
  • Mediocre
    12%
  • Diverse
    6%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
92%
Poll
41%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.41 responses
Poll
64%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.44 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 12 responses
Report
  • Unique
    42%
  • Great
    17%
  • Home away from home
    17%
  • Outstanding
    17%
  • Overrated
    8%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$27,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
19%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
88%
National
83%
100%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.13 responses
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My overall experience at Shaw has been indifferent. I would not say it’s been fantastic, but it has not been horrible. I have met some awesome people here at Shaw. I am also in several different clubs and organizations to help me stay active. Yet, campus life and activities seem to be non-existent. Shaw is located right near downtown Raleigh. The university itself is rich in culture and history. However, there are sometimes where I think to myself why I am even here because it makes no sense. Shaw has shown some improvement since I have been here. Hopefully, my opinion could change over the next year.
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I love my school! It’s not to large, the campus is beautiful aside from some minor downfalls, and the faculty and staff make it feel Very welcoming. Two things that can be changed, is the conditions of the dorm facilities, and the cafe food.
As a non traditional student not in the CAPE program, I would strongly encourage any working students to either have 1) a 3rd shift job or 2) have a super flexible employer who lets you attend classes during the day. The current VP of Academic Affairs is not pleasant to work with towards the path of graduation. There are a lot of things that can be improved, but the educators and leadership who communicate with students DO care. The administration who don't interact with students...need vast improvement.