Shimer College

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School Overview

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

www.shimer.edu
Size

Total undergrads: 100

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 27

Degree-seeking undergrads: 91

Setting

Urban setting

Very large city (over 500,000)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:
Bachelor’s

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

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Shimer College Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(312) 235-3500
Website:www.shimer.edu
Type of School:4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online:www.shimer.edu/admissions/application.php
Address:3424 South State Street, Chicago, IL 60616
Setting:Rural: Distant
Campus Housing:No

Students & Programs

Student Population:73
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):60%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:8 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:
Distance Learning Students*:73 (100% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Bachelor's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$35,500
Out-of-state Tuition:$35,500
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:100%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$11,907

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Shimer College Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Shimer College.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities2
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies1
Social Sciences1
Grand total4

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at Shimer College.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Shimer College and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
In-state$35,500
Out-of-state$35,500
Books and supplies$800

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
In-state$0
Out-of-state$0

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid11100%
Grant or scholarship aid11100%$11,907
Student loan aid873%$6,844

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid7089%$4,633
Federal student loans5772%$5,549

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Shimer College. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Shimer College students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants381919
Percent admitted100%100%100%
Percent admitted who enrolled37%58%16%

Admissions Considerations

RequiredRecommendedOptional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Recommendations
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Shimer College Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment73
Undergraduate enrollment73
Graduate enrollment0

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Shimer College Accreditation

This institution is accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

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