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Shaw University

31 College Pl # A203 Asheville, NC 28801
Phone: (828) 252-7635

Shaw University is recognized as the oldest black college in the southern United States and one of the oldest in the United States. It was founded in 1865 and located in downtown Raleigh, Wake County.

The school is affiliated with the Baptist church and has a Divinity School which provides a Master of divinity and a Master of Religious Education degree as well as many undergraduate programs. The aspect of religion is also displayed in the school’s Religious Emphasis Week. During this time, interdenominational activities are held with notable clergy and other religious figures.

Besides being one of the first black colleges, the school is also recognized as having the first four year medical and first female dormitory on campus. Shaw University does not have an open admission policy but requires an application process. Generally, just under half of the applicants are admitted to the school with approximately forty percent of students being female.

With its historical background still prevalent today, approximately ninety-seven percent of students are African-American, although the school charter states that admittance will not be based on a student’s sex, race, or religion.

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