Shaw University

Shaw University is a private, historically black liberal arts college. Founded in 1865, Shaw is the South’s first HBCU. Shaw has five academic departments within its College of Arts and Sciences. Students can choose a major in Humanities, Mass Communications, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Religion and Philosophy, Social Sciences, and Visual and Performing Arts. Through the school’s many student groups, organizations, and intercollegiate activities, Shaw students have the opportunity to express their skills and talents while working and playing with fellow students. If you want to bark like a Que or Oo-Oop with the Deltas, Shaw has all nine historically black fraternities and sororities. Shaw University offers the full college experience. Its mission is to expand knowledge and boost student’s ethical and spiritual values.

Location: Raleigh, NC

Type of Institution: Four-year, private, liberal arts HBCU

Tuition and Fees (per semester)

     • In-State/Out-of-State: $7,207

Size: 2,700+ students

Percentage of African-American Students: 87%

Percentage of Men: 40%

Percentage of Women: 60%

Student-Teacher Ratio: 16:1

Degrees Offered: Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctorate

Schools/Colleges: Arts and Sciences, Honors College, Graduate and Professional Studies

Housing: On-campus housing provided. All freshmen and sophomores are required to stay on campus.


     • Greek: Alpha Kappa Alpha, Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Delta Sigma Theta, Phi Beta Sigma, Zeta Phi Beta, Sigma Gamma Rho, Iota Phi Theta 

     • Others: Student Government Association

City Life: Tourist city, African American Cultural Complex, Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial Gardens, historic sites, canoeing, sailing, shopping, dining, live music, walking and motorized tours, wineries and breweries