Shimer College

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Shimer classes are very small and interactive. Students attend small seminars and instead of studying textbooks, analyze original source material. Students are accepted to Shimer based on an academic essay. Test scores and grades are not factored into admissions.

Shimer has an Early Entrant Program, allowing high school-level students to begin earning college credit early. Shimer provides study abroad opportunities at Oxford University in England, and offers weekend courses for working adult students.

Shimer only offers undergraduate programs, but a high rate of students go on to graduate programs (about 50%). Shimer is ranked 3rd nationally among liberal arts colleges for number of graduates who go on to earn Ph.D.’s.

Shimer College has a long and diverse history. It was originally a women’s college, founded in 1853 by Frances Wood Shimer. In 1896 it became affiliated with the University of Chicago and in 1907 it became one of the nation’s first junior colleges. It adopted its current name and became a four-year co-educational school in 1950. Shimer’s affiliation with the University of Chicago ended in 1958.

General Information

Admission Office

3424 South State Street

Chicago, IL 60616

(312) 235-3506

(800) 215-7173

Fax: (312) 235-3501

Contact: Elaine Vincent

Director of Enrollment Services
Main Address

3424 South State Street

Chicago, IL 60616

(312) 235-3500

Total undergrads: 100

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 27

Degree-seeking undergrads: 91


Urban setting

Very large city (over 500,000)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $25

Online application fee: $25
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 90%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 73%

College Majors

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Humanities B
Liberal Arts & Sciences B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Natural Sciences B

Social Sciences
Social Sciences – General B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

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