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Shaw University Recruiting Center


Every individual will have a different reason to come to Shaw – whether it is an outstanding academic program, a team with strong traditions, a family legacy, the personal attention, or a recognition of the value of an HBCU education – all are valid and all lead to one thing:  enjoying your collegiate career as a proud Bear or Lady Bear.


Shaw is the oldest Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in the South, and has a long number of “firsts” and significant accomplishments.  Shaw was home to the first four-year medical school, the first residential dorm for women, the first co-educational dorm, and many others.


Shaw was also a leader in the Civil Rights movement – the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) was founded on the Shaw campus.


Shaw also has a proud athletic tradition, having one at least one Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) championship for the past 11 straight seasons.  That championship tradition stretches back to 1925.  Shaw competes within NCAA Division II.


Shaw fields 11 varsity teams: men’s and women’s basketball, women’s bowling, men’s and women’s cross country, football, softball, men’s and women’s tennis, women’s track and field, and women’s volleyball. 


Where Do You Start?


First, reach out to the coach of the sport you are interested in and find out what specific requirements they may have.  To get a step ahead of the process, you might first want to fill out the appropriate recruiting information form by going to the recruiting forms page.


Applying to Shaw University

All student-athletes must meet Shaw application requirements and follow the application process.  Shaw’s Office of Admissions can guide you through the process – you can even apply online.


Financial Aid

The Shaw University Financial Aid Office can help you maximize your financial assistance package and help ensure you have the resources you need to attend the university.




NCAA Compliance


All Shaw student-athletes must meet both the admission standards of Shaw and the regulations concerning NCAA Compliance.  The NCAA offers a wide variety of tools and information to assist the college-bound athlete.  The sooner you start the eligibility process, the easier it will be for you to gain eligibility.


NCAA Resources

NCAA Eligibility Center

NCAA Division II Toolkit

Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete