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Shaw University: Narrative Description


118 East South St.
Raleigh, NC 27601-2399
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Independent Baptist, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, and first professional degrees. Founded 1865. Setting: 30-acre urban campus. Endowment: $12.8 million. Research spending 2003-04: $1.7 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $4239 per student. Total enrollment: 2,709. Faculty: 265 (105 full-time, 160 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 16:1. 3,053 applied, 56% were admitted. 3% from top 10% of their high school class, 11% from top quarter, 29% from top half. Full-time: 2,201 students, 64% women, 36% men. Part-time: 315 students, 63% women, 37% men. Students come from 32 states and territories, 11 other countries, 30% from out-of-state, 0.04% Native American, 0.2% Hispanic, 89% black, 0.04% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 44% 25 or older, 39% live on campus, 10% transferred in. Retention: 62% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; protective services/public administration; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Off campus study at Cooperating Raleigh Colleges. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: 7/30. Notification: continuous until 8/25.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $15,488 includes full-time tuition ($7800), mandatory fees ($1638), and college room and board ($6050). College room only: $2840. Part-time tuition: $325 per semester hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $460 per term.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 30 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, social fellowships; 4% of eligible men and 5% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, choir, University band, Shaw Players, academic clubs. Major annual events: University Convocation, Homecoming, Honors Convocation. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, 24-hour electronic surveillance cameras. 1,292 college housing spaces available; 823 were occupied in 2003-04. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. James E. Cheek Learning Resources Center plus 1 other with 154,368 books, 99,700 microform titles, 15,500 serials, 873 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $624,700. 200 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See Meredith College.

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