Shaw University Welcomes record-breaking Freshman
University welcomed more than 600 new students to campus Friday, setting a
record for the largest freshman class in six years. Last year, 402 freshmen
converged on campus.
my Class of 2020, I have been eagerly awaiting this day,” Shaw President
Tashni-Ann Dubroy told the crowd filling seats underneath a double-tent. “You
have no idea how excited I am about all the wondrous accomplishments that I
know are forthcoming.”
Allen feels the excitement too. “I’m going to do good,” the 18-year-old said,
adding she was sold on Shaw after an “interesting” visit with a university
recruiter at her high school in Salisbury.
“I have to do it one way or the other. I’ve got to make it out. I have
to show people I can do what they thought I couldn’t do.”
grandmother blended in with other parents and grandparents who milled around
campus, looking as curious as their offspring about their new surroundings.
Dorothy Allen, however, was no novice. “I’m used to it,” she said. “This is my
third grandchild to go off to school, so I’m not going to cry. I’m only two
hours away, and I know I can always come to see my granddaughter.”
incoming class is the first I will see blossom from young adults into global
change agents, who leave our campus to create significant social impact that
makes our world a better place,” said Dubroy, who celebrated her one-year
anniversary at the university’s helm August 1.
“You are the class who will witness the
implementation of our strategic plan EPIC VISION 2020, and you will witness the
transformation of our campus, from our buildings to our academic offerings and
from our servant leadership to our continued spiritual growth.”
credits the shattered records to the university’s enrollment management team,
which funneled an unprecedented 9,000 applications. She also notes an
intentional effort to use technology to drive the recruitment process. Not only
were students able to apply online, but the “robust online portal” also made it
possible for transcripts to be electronically uploaded and opened lines of
communication between Shaw and high school guidance counselors across the
globe, she said. Response to notifications was significant, Dubroy added.
thankful,” said Anthony Brooks, Shaw’s Chief Enrollment Officer who joined Shaw
in September 2015. “Shaw deserves it. It’s the oldest HBCU in the South, and
over the years has earned a reputation for being a top producer of minority
professionals. This year’s enrollment is proof we are continuing that legacy
and keeping that promise for generations to come.”
Adams learned all she needed to learn about Shaw through its online portals
from her home in Charleston, SC. “It’s a good school,” she said while resting
with her family during move- in day. As she looked towards the center of campus
bustling with students, parents and activity, from hoisting boxes to grooving
to music, she seemed to imagine herself at home.
both excited and nervous,” said Adams, 18. “I’m nervous about being in new
surroundings and excited about continuing my education, about entering a new
level of school.”
and her new classmates are entering a new Shaw that has gone through a summer
of restructuring and transformation. Along with those changes, Dubroy announced
in July the reinstatement of faculty and staff pay after having instituted a
salary reduction initiative requiring temporary five to seven percent and ten percent
pay cuts to boost financial sustainability.
not that Shaw University intends to bloat its expenditures,” Dubroy said. “We
are actually using some of the cost-savings to reinvest in our faculty and
staff because in Shaw’s most dire time of need, they invested in us.”
couldn’t be a more perfect backdrop,” Dubroy said, as she welcomed new students
and start a new academic year. “This is one of our biggest days,” she said.
“It’s really about energizing the base and getting everyone excited about the
sequel, EPIC Pt. 2, the second year of EPIC VISION 2020. We’re turning the
what Michael McMillian seeks from Shaw: “Growth and experience,” said McMillan,
18 and a graduate of Durham’s City of Medicine Academy. “It’s a Historically
Black College, and it has great classes in the field I’m interested in –