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Freshman Admissions

Requirements for admission to Shaw University are established by the faculty and reviewed by the administration, with minimum standards subject to the approval of the Board of Trustees or its Executive Committee. The minimum standards are as follows:

A high school diploma or General Education Development (GED) certificate

Minimum course requirements:

  • English 3 units
  • Mathematics 2 units
  • Natural Sciences 2 units
  • Social Sciences 2 units
  • Electives* 9 units

A minimum grade point average of 2.0 (on a 4.00 scale)

*Electives should be in English, foreign languages, mathematics, natural sciences, or social sciences

The Office of Admissions considers such factors as an applicant's grades or GED test scores, class rank, standardized test scores, pattern of courses completed, educational objectives, school and personal recommendations, record of past conduct, or personal records when making its admissions decisions.

Persons who seek admissions to the University must submit the following:

  1. Submit your online application via the Application Portal.
  2. Submit official transcripts from your high school
  3. Once you are admitted, confirm your acceptance with an Admissions Officer 

Admission to the University is contingent upon verification of the applicant's graduation from high school and receipt of transcripts showing the applicant's satisfactory performance in any courses completed after applying for admission. Submission of false, distorted, or incomplete statements on or with the admissions application or submission of fraudulent residence affidavits may result in denial of classes, loss of tuition and fees paid, exclusion or dismissal, and/or loss of future registration privileges.