It's a place they last saw littered with debris from the April 16 tornadoes.
While some damaged buildings - like the student union - are still in bad shape, others show signs of significant progress.
Nearly every window of Dimple Newsome Hall was blown out by storms. Monday, workers were cleaning the recently installed windows and making repairs to both the male and female dorms.
When new students arrive August 6 for orientation, we're told they'll see a temporary trailer that will house a temporary cafeteria.
FEMA is picking up the tab.
As for the student union, officials say they plan major repairs.
"We want to bring it up to code and create more space for students," explained Dr Jeffrey Smith who is head of Student Affairs.
And there's one promise Shaw University leaders have for their students:
"I am saying, emphatically, on behalf of President McClaurin and the Board of Trustees at this university, that we will be ready to open and we'll be ready educate students [as] we have done since 1865," said Smith.