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Shaw University

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Template:Infobox University2Shaw University is a historically black college located in Raleigh, North Carolina . It offers several undergraduate degrees in the fine and liberal arts as well as natural science, and graduate degrees in allied health, business, public administration, education and computer science. Shaw Divinity School offers a Master of Divinity and Master of Religious Education. Shaw University is the oldest HBCU in the American South. A liberal arts university, Shaw is associated with the Baptist church and, as of 2004, enrolls over 2,300 students.

History

Started as a theology class by the Rev. Henry Martin Tupper in 1865, the present university was named the Raleigh Institute in 1866 until 1870 when it was renamed Shaw Collegiate Institute after the benefactor of Shaw Hall, Elijah Shaw. In 1875 it became Shaw University. In 1873 Estey Hall was erected for female students making it the first such dormitory in the U.S. on a coeducational campus. The Leonard Medical School, now closed, was founded in 1885 as the first four-year medical school in the South to train black doctors and pharmacists The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, a major force in the American Civil Rights movement began at a conference held at Shaw in 1960.

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