Shaw University, founded in 1865, is a private, co-educational, liberal arts college affiliated with the Baptist Church.  The University awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Shaw University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges(SACSCOC) to award the associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees.

Shaw University offers a variety of academic programs leading to a B.S., B.A., A.A., A.S. and Master's in Education and Divinity.