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CAPE Adult Degree Program

The Center for Alternative Programs in Education (CAPE) is an adult degree program designed to provide quality educational services to adult learners to prepare them to compete in the 21st century workforce and become productive citizens in their surrounding communities, the nation and the world. Since 1994, more than 4,000 students have graduated from the program.  

The CAPE Adult Degree Program provides educational delivery systems for self-directed, highly motivated persons who are otherwise unable to attend college because of job or family responsibilities, military service obligations,  and/or those who  require evening and/or part -time classes. CAPE faculty affords students the unique opportunity to participate in a learning experience that goes beyond the traditional educational setting. Students in the program can complete courses online or through VTC (video-teleconference) and can enhance their education through internships, seminars and credit for life experiences. Classes are offered during the evening and on weekends to meet the needs of non-traditional students.

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Shaw University CAPE accepts applications for admission on a year-round basis for Fall and Spring semesters. In just three simple steps, your degree is closer than you think.

  1. Complete the online application for admission
  2. Submit a $25 application fee.
  3. Submit official transcripts from ALL institutions previously attended to the Office of Admission. If an applicant has not previously attended college, they must submit an official high school transcript or GED certificate for evaluation. Official Transcript(s) must be sent directly to: Shaw University, Office of Admission | 118 E. South Street | Raleigh, North Carolina 27601


With nine Shaw University CAPE campuses located across North Carolina, you can attend classes and complete your degree at a Shaw University campus near you.


Financial assistance is available for eligible part-time and full-time students. Shaw University applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for Federal Financial aid at the time of application. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opens each year on October 1, and can be completed online at The Shaw University Federal school code is: 002962. Students must reapply for assistance each year.