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.
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Evening Degree Programs
- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.21 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.25 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.25 responses
Most Popular Majors
Business Administration and Management27 Graduates
Social Work and Youth Services23 Graduates
Kinesiology and Exercise Science16 Graduates
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies16 Graduates
Criminal Justice and Safety Studies14 Graduates
Undergrads Over 25
Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say that Greek life is pretty big.41 responses
- of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.44 responses
Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.13 responses
Shaw University Reviews
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.
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.