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Shaw University
118 East South Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
(919) 546-8650
Contact: Paul Vandergrift
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College Overview  
     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, USA with its "College of Adult Professional Education" campuses located throughout the state of North Carolina. It is the oldest HBCU in the Southern United States. Shaw is affiliated with the General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina and is a member of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. which also supports the Shaw University Divinity School. Furthermore, Shaw University is one of the co-founding institutions of the NCAA Division II's Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Conference which is the oldest African American athletic association in the country, along with Howard University, Hampton University, Lincoln University, PA and Virginia Union University as co-founders. And as of the recent 2010-11 academic school year, the university have won the CIAA championships in Football, Basketball(both women's and men's teams), and Men's Tennis. Because of these athletic accomplishments, those who participated, were honored and received additional awards from Governor Bev Perdue of North Carolina.
     Among its recent accomplishments, the university won a 5-year grant with University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill to create a Partnership for the Elimination of Health Disparities for minorities, which adds to its research capacity and a 7-year grant with Johns Hopkins University for the two institution's partnership for Gerontological Research.In 2007, Shaw University received a $2.5 million Grant from the National Science Foundation to support its Nanoscience and Nanotechnology program's recent studies and research. The University also created a foreign exchange program with Northwestern University for Nationalities of the (People's Republic of China) and Xian University of Science and Technology, the first program established between an American and a Chinese institution since 1978. Furthermore, On April 15th, 2010, the National Alumni Association of Shaw University, donated $20.000 to the Tom Joyner Foundation for making Shaw University, the TJMS(Tom Joyner Morning Show)'s "School or HBCU of the Month," thus celebrating its community support for the local communities for almost two centuries.
Quick Facts
Undergrad Population: 2550
Graduate Population: 172
Student Body: Coed
In State Tuition: $13226
Out of State Tuition: $13226
Room & Board: $7560
Applications Due: July 30th ($25)
Conference: Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Mascot: BEARS
Online Classes: no
Percent Men: 47%
Percent Women: 53%
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Majors Offered

College of Arts & Sciences

Department of Humanities
•Liberal Studies
•English Education

Department of Mass Communications
•Mass Communications

Department of Military Science

Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
•Environment Science

Department of Religion and Philosophy
•Religion and Pilosophy

Department of Social Sciences
•International Relations
•Political Science
•Sociology: Criminal Justice Concentration

Department of Visual and Performing Arts
•Visual and Performing Arts with concentration in Music
•Visual and Performing Arts with concentration in Theater Arts
Air Force ROTC

College of Graduate & Professional Studies

Graduate Division

Graduate Program in Education Degree
Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction
Concentration: Early Childhood Education
Social Work

Undergraduate Division

Department of Allied Health
•Athletic Training
•Adapted Physical Education: Kinesiotherapy Concentration
•Speech Pathology and Audiology
•Therapeutic Recreation

Department of Business and Public Administration
•Business Administration with Concentration in Accounting
•Business Administration with Concentration in Management
•Public Administration
•Public Administration with Concentration in Emergency Management (NEW)

Department of Education
•Birth-Kindergarten Education
•English Education
•Elementary Education
•Mathematics Education
The department has NCATE accreditation

Department of Computer Information Science
•Computer Information Systems
•Computer Science

Shaw Divinity School

•Master of divinity (M. DIV.)
•Master of Religious Education (MRE)

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College History
     Shaw University was founded by the American Baptist Home Mission Society of the Baptist Church. Shaw was the first college established for African Americans in the Southern United States. Rev. Dr. Henry Martin Tupper came south immediately after the end of the Civil War. He established the Second Baptist Church of Raleigh (the name was changed to Tabernacle Baptist Church in 1910, and is now the Tupper Memorial Baptist Church.) Later Tupper and his Bible study students constructed a two-story church, with one story being dedicated to the church, and the other to what is known as the Raleigh Institute, where he taught freedmen. By 1915, still supported by the American Baptist Home Mission, the school had an enrollment of 291 students, about evenly divided between men and women.
     It was renamed Shaw Collegiate Institute after Elijah Shaw, benefactor of Shaw Hall, the first building constructed for the college. In 1875, it became Shaw University. In 1873, Estey Hall was erected for female students, making it the first such dormitory in the U.S. on a coeducational campus. The Leonard Medical School was founded in 1881 as the first four-year medical school in the South to train black doctors and pharmacists. It was also the first medical school in North Carolina to offer a four-year curriculum and operated until 1918. Given their importance in the education of African Americans, both Estey Hall and Leonard Hall have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
     Education was seen by freedmen as among their most critical needs. In many 19th century communities, the roles of minister and teacher were closely allied, and Shaw's teaching had a strong spiritual base. Shaw University trained many of the new teachers who taught African Americans in the South after the Civil War. They worked for a profound cause, the advancement of their race. Northern white teachers also came to the area to teach. Newly free adults and children eagerly sought to learn to read and write. Most southern states imposed segregated schools by the late 1870s.
African-American teachers nurtured their students and were part of their communities, acting as role models to encourage children to seek an education. By 1900, more than 30,000 black teachers had been trained and put to work in the Southern United States, and the majority of African Americans had become literate.
     Shaw University has been called the mother of African-American colleges in North Carolina, as North Carolina Central University, Elizabeth City State University, and Fayetteville State University all had founding presidents who were Shaw alumni. The founder of Livingstone College spent his first two college years at Shaw before transferring to Lincoln University. What became North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University was located on Shaw's campus during its first year.
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