Shimer College

Chicago, IL

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Shimer College

Shimer College

Shimer College Student Essentials

Shimer College Student Essentials
Region: Midwest
Setting: Large City Setting
Type: Private
Affiliation: Not applicable
Size: Small (Under 2,000 Undergrad)
Website: www.shimer.edu
On-Campus Housing Available: Yes
Selectivity: Open Admissions
In-State Tuition: $30,780
Out-of-State Tuition: $30,780
Retention Rate: 79%
Enrollment: 138
Year Established: 1853

About Shimer College

Shimer College is a private, undergraduate liberal arts college in Chicago, Illinois. As this school shies away from the traditional academic structure, it is the perfect school for inquisitive, individualistic, and creative thinkers.

Academics are tailored to fit the schedules of students; with weekday, weekend and online courses, students can attend school when it is convenient for them. Classes are exclusively small seminars in which students discuss original source material rather than read textbooks.

Admissions to Shimer are not based on a minimum GPA or test scores, but rather on writing samples and a personal interview with the admissions committee. While scores are not mandatory, students are advised to take the ACT or SAT if applying as an Early Entrant.

There is an essay portion of the application which asks that individuals analyze their academic experience while demonstrating their creativity. The essay portion is one of the most influential aspects of the application process.

College life at Shimer is unique. Fraternities, sororities and other organizations are forbidden as this school feels that they promote exclusivity.

This school holds potluck meals, which are open to all staff and students, where the community can meet. Shimer also throws a bi-annual talent show where students, faculty, and alumni can share their work and talents with each other.

Tuition does not vary depending on residency. Tuition assistance is available through payment plans and tuition deferment.

Shimer College financial aid is available to those who qualify. Aid is available through institutional scholarships, federal and state grants, private scholarships, and loans. Shimer has a scholarship matching program where they will match up to $2,000 in external scholarships for students who use their awards toward Shimer tuition.

Shimer College Location

Shimer College
3424 South State Street
Chicago, IL 60616


Getting Around Shimer College

Walkability

Excellent walkability. You do not need a car for this area.

9/10
walk

Transit

Good transit. This area has adequate public transportation.

8/10
rail

Weather

Seasonal average temperatures for Chicago, IL

Winter
Dec
35
23
Jan
31
18
Feb
36
22
Spring
Mar
47
31
Apr
59
42
May
70
52
Summer
Jun
80
62
Jul
84
68
Aug
82
66
Fall
Sep
75
58
Oct
63
46
Nov
49
35

Students

Full-Time Undergrad Students 138
Freshman Class 7
Total Students (Undergrads & Graduate Students) 138

Ethnic Diversity:

  • Latino: 6%
  • African American: 1%
  • Caucasian: 75%
  • Asian: 5%
  • Unknown and Other: 12%
Latino 6%
African American 1%
Caucasian 75%
Asian 5%
Unknown and Other 12%

Undergraduate 100%
Graduate %
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%
Women 29%
Men 71%
International 0%
Domestic 100%

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