Shaw University

School Overview: Acceptance Rate, Tuition, and More

Raleigh, NC

This school is more affordable than other private schools

Affordability is calculated by subtracting average financial aid from total tuition and fees.

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$11,808

Avg tuition

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About Shaw University

School Type: Private

Status: Non-profit

Accreditation: Regional

HBCU: YesHistorically Black Colleges and Universities are accredited schools established prior to 1965 whose principal mission was, and is, the education of Black Americans. Explore our HBCU resource hub to learn more.

Religious Affiliation: Christian, Baptist  While the student experience is largely unaffected at most schools with religious affiliations, some schools place more of an emphasis on religion. Learn how religious affiliations may impact students' experience.

Shaw University is a small private university located on an urban campus in Raleigh, North Carolina. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,152, and admissions are selective, with an acceptance rate of 71%. The university offers 25 bachelor's degrees, has an average graduation rate of 19%, and a student-faculty ratio of 14:1. Tuition and fees for students are $11,808.

Admissions Breakdown

Acceptance Rate Insight

This school has a high acceptance rate.

This school accepts students at a higher rate than other schools. High acceptance schools welcome 51-100% of all applicants.

71% of students were accepted during the 2020-2021 school year. Sometimes schools with midrange acceptance rates have higher standards of entry but are still accessible to many students who apply.

Retention Rate Insight

67% of full-time students stayed to continue their studies the following academic year. These students started in Fall 2019 and returned in Fall 2020.

Graduation Rate Insight

19% of students graduated out of all full-time, first-time students who began their studies in Fall 2014. Keep in mind many students who enroll are not typically first-time students, as most are adult learners. Therefore, the number of first-time students is traditionally low.

Application Considerations

Test scores Recommended

High school transcript Required

High school rank Recommended

Letter of recommendation Required

High school GPA Required

Open admission No

Completion of college prep program Recommended

Test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL) Required

Transfer Credit Policy

Dual enrollment Yes

Credit for qualified life experience* Yes

Advance placement (AP) credits Yes

*This can include previous jobs, trainings, licenses/credentials, or seminars. You may need to complete an exam or provide a portfolio to earn credit.

SAT & ACT

ACT 25th-75th Percentile Currently Unavailable

SAT 25th-75th Percentile Currently Unavailable

Learning Environment

Student Body Stats

This school has a student body of fewer than 5,000 students.

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1k

Students enrolled

57%

Online student enrollment

14:1

Student to faculty ratio

Ways Students Can Learn

On-campus Check Bold
International Online classes are available for students around the world. Check Bold

Demographics

Black

61%

Unknown

17%

Two or more races

11%

Non-U.S. Citizen

4%

Hispanic

3%

Asian

3%

White

2%

American Indian/Alaska Native

0%

Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

0%

Female student population

58%

Socio-economic diversity

85% of students received an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.

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Student Charges

Tuition and Required Fees

Student Level In-state Out-of-state
Undergraduate $11,808 $11,808
Graduate $10,404 $10,404

Cost of Undergraduate Attendance

Costs based on full-time, first-time degree or certificate-seeking undergraduates for the 2020–2021 academic year.

Costs to Consider Price
Books and supplies $1,300
On-campus room and board $8,514
On-campus other expenses $3,440
Off-campus (not with family) room and board $8,100
Off-campus (not with family) other expenses $4,390
Off-campus (with family) other expenses $4,390

Total Undergraduate Cost

Total cost by category In-state Out-of-state
On-campus $25,062 $25,062
Off-campus without family $25,598 $25,598
Off-campus with family $17,498 $17,498

Financial Breakdown

Students Receiving Aid

Federal Grant Aid

86%

State Grant Aid

63%

Institution Grant Aid

55%

Pell Grant

85%

Average Aid Awarded

Federal Grant Aid $6,421
State Grant Aid $5,186
Institution Grant Aid $5,251
Pell Grant Aid $5,019

Financial Outlook

$34k

Average student debt after graduation

$25k

Average salary 6 years after starting school

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Data collected from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), [2020-2021]. In the absence of IPED data, information was collected directly from the school and is accurate as of the date of collection. Contact the school directly for the most current and complete information.