Shaw University has been operational for more than 100 years. A private, coeducational university, it is affiliated with the Baptist Church. Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges, the university enrolls more than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students annually. Shaw University provides courses in various academic areas, such as accounting, advertising, athletic training and natural sciences. The university also offers preparation assistance for medical, dental, veterinary, podiatric school and research and government careers. Additionally, it provides courses in biotechnology, broadcast communication, cardiovascular perfusion, computer information sciences and criminology. Shaw University s specialization courses include cytotechnology, diagnostic medical ultrasound technology, sport management, early childhood education, ecological studies, and foreign language studies.