Shaw University is a private Baptist Liberal Arts and Historically Black University (HBCU) in Raleigh, North Carolina. Founded on 1 December 1865, Shaw University was the first HBCU in the Southern United States. It was dubbed the “mother of African-American colleges in North Carolina” as the founding presidents of North Carolina Central University, Elizabeth City State University, and Fayetteville State University are all Shaw alumni. The founder of Livingstone College studied at Shaw before moving to Lincoln University. What became North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University was built on Shaw’s campus in its first year.
Shaw University is a member of the General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina and a member of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., which operates the Shaw University Divinity School. Together with Howard University, Hampton University, Lincoln University, PA and Virginia Union University, Shaw was a co-founder of the NCAA Division II Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) conference, the oldest African American athletic association in the United States. The university won the CIAA Championships in Soccer, Basketball (women’s and men’s), Tennis (women’s and men’s) and Volleyball.
Shaw University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Social Work Training Council and the American Psychological Association. The Divinity School is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada as its Allied Health Professions Programs are certified by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Training Education and the National Council on Accreditation of Teacher Education.
Shaw University is a member and co-founder of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II Conference of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA). The Shaw University Basketball Team is competing in the CIAA Annual Basketball Tournament, which is the third most attended college sport athletic event after the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Big East tournaments. Shaw fields 14 different athletic teams including men’s soccer, women’s soccer, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, football, tennis, baseball, cheerleading, men’s and women’s track and field, volleyball, golf, and bowling. The athletic teams are known by the nickname “Bears”.
You will find this school in the beautiful Asheville, North Carolina, along with these other must-see places of interest:
- Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College (Asheville)
- Black Mountain College (Black Mountain: 1933–1957)
- Shaw University College of Adult and Professional Education or C.A.P.E.
- Brevard College (Brevard)
- Lenoir-Rhyne University – Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville (Asheville)
- Mars Hill University (Mars Hill)
- Montreat College (Montreat)
- The University of North Carolina at Asheville (Asheville)
- Warren Wilson College
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