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New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation

Shaw University congratulates the newly admitted first year and transfer students. We are excited that you will be joining our family. At Shaw University, you will experience academic, personal, and social growth that will enable you to be a 21st century global leader. We are committed to your success!

Shaw University encourages all new incoming students to attend New Student Orientation. The goal of New Student Orientation is to introduce students and families to campus services, resources and the expectations of collegiate life at Shaw University. During New Student Orientation, students and families attend information sessions, participate in social activities, work with peer orientation mentors, complete the College Student Inventory assessment, take the Accuplacer placement testing, and complete requirements for semester course registration. 

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Important Orientation Information

REGISTRATION BEGINS AT 8:00 a.m.  

Check-in
Students and families will report to the Willie E. Gary Student Center at 8:00 a.m. where they will be greeted by Shaw University orientation staff. Students will receive their orientation folder, student identification and PIN, along with other important information.  Housing is provided for students during the two-day new student orientation sessions.   

Health Documentation
All students are required to submit proof of current vaccinations and current physical exam.  Documentation must be provided to Shaw University Health Services at least 10 days prior to the start of the academic semester.

Parent and Families Session
We understand that transitioning to a new place is both an exciting and anxious time for not only for students, but also parents and families.  During the orientation program, a separate informational session is held for parents and families of newly admitted students to answer questions related to financing college, university services, student privacy policies, and tips for being effective partners in a student’s educational experience.

Math and English Placement Exam
All first year students are required to take a Math and English placement test before academic advisement and registration for classes.

College Student Inventory (CSI)
All students are required to complete the CSI survey. This survey is used by the University to understand what types of support services and programs new students will need to be successful.

What to Bring to Orientation 

  • Identification
  • Health Documentation
  • Important papers for business clearance
  • Walking shoes and comfortable clothes
  • Spending money
  • Notepad and pen
  • Toiletries, flip flops, soap, wash cloth and towel, shower cap
  • Twin size bed sheets, pillow, blanket, alarm clock
  • change of clothing