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Shaw University is a private liberal arts institution and historically black university specializing in social research and the liberal arts, located in Raleigh, North Carolina. It is the oldest HBCU in the South. Shaw is affiliated with the General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina and is a member of the National Baptist Convention.

Read more about Shaw University in articles from the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy.

Public or Private: Private
Average High School GPA: 2.30
Average SAT Score (Out of 2400): 990-1220
ACT Score: 14-17
6-Year Graduation Rate: 29%
Acceptance Rate: 48%
Student-Faculty Ratio: 15:1
Undergraduate Enrollment: 2265
Women's College: No
Religious Affiliation: Baptist
Location: Urban
Academic Quality
General Education Rating: C
Shakespeare: No
Academic Transparency: Not Transparent
Financial Matters
In State Tuition: $14,840.00
Out of State Tuition: $14,840.00
Average Starting Salary of Graduates: $34,700.00
Average Student Debt of Graduates: N/A
Good Economic Value?: Fair
Percentage of Funding Provided by Taxpayers: 17.00%
Percentage of Alumni who Give: N/A
FIRE's Free Speech Rating: Yellow
Alternative Newspaper: No
Student Political Involvement: Somewhat Political
Faculty Political Balance: Unbalanced: Democratic
Board of Trustees Political Balance: Very Unbalanced: Democratic
Pope Center for Higher Education Policy Articles

These articles are primarily about Shaw University:

Boldness, Not Band Aids, Needed at Shaw: Shaw University's financial and governnance problems may go too deep for just another quick fix (September 25, 2011)

Shaw Fires Prof, Evicts Students for their Criticism: Professor had criticized school seeking assessment of leadership (March 7, 2003)

These articles mention Shaw University:

A Refreshing Commencement Season: This year's addresses in North Carolina colleges and universities featured big names but few politicians. (May 19, 2013)

Out of School and Into the Red: Debt-to-salary ratios reveal which North Carolina schools give students a good payback. (September 2, 2011)

Subdued Beginnings: The times are somber and the commencement speakers are serious. (May 15, 2011)

The Winners Are...Democrats!: The Pope Center's College Finder project reveals that the faculty at North Carolina colleges are mostly Democrats. (April 8, 2011)

How Does Your University Measure Up?: The Pope Center and ACTA examine the state of general education at colleges and universities in North Carolina. (February 24, 2011)

The Truth about Campus Crime: In spite of the headlines, campuses are generally safe; watch out for the neighborhood, though. (December 6, 2010)

In Defense of Pervasive Sectarianism: A recent ruling by the North Carolina Court of Appeals places a needless burden on the state’s religiously based private colleges. (August 30, 2010)

North Carolina Bucks the Trend: While commencement speakers across the nation talked politics, North Carolina’s choices were more restrained. (May 27, 2010)

Do North Carolina Students Have Freedom of Speech? (February 7, 2010)

Apart No More? Part II: The transition by some of the nation's historically black colleges into the mainstream raises questions about their future roles and identities.  (December 14, 2009)

Democrats at the Podium: In today’s college environment, commencement speakers’ politics should come as no surprise. (May 4, 2009)

To Be or Not To Be: Shakespeare in the English Department (September 27, 2007)