The campus took a direct hit from the storm when the roof was torn off the school's cafeteria and windows were blown out of two dorms on the university's main quad. Other buildings suffered roof damage and broken windows, while trees fell all across the historic campus.
Only eight days of classes remained, as well as a one-week long exam period.
"While we exist to educate these young men and women, our first priority is their safety and well being," said Shaw President Dr. Irma McClaurin. "With this widespread damage, we could not resume operations in time to continue classes over the next two weeks."
School leaders say graduation for the Class of 2011 will continue as planned at the Dorton Arena on May 7.
Campus will be ready for the return of students on May 23 when the 2011 Summer Session is set to begin.
Shaw students can call the Office of Academic Affairs at 919-546-8330 for further information.
A fund has been established to assist Shaw University. If you'd like to make a donation to the Shaw University Disaster Relief Fund (c/o Mechanic and Farmers Bank, 13 E. Harget Street, Raleigh, NC 27601.