From the School

Shimer is an intentionally small and exceptionally student-centered liberal arts college.

Shimer College provides and preserves education centered on discussion of enduring questions and issues. Historically influential original sources are studied through Socratic questioning in small seminar classes, following the kind of Great Books curriculum advocated by Robert Maynard Hutchins. The core values informing education at Shimer are free inquiry, dialog, critical open-mindedness, and integration of disciplines. The College offers all members of its community the opportunity to participate meaningfully in deciding the future of the institution. A Shimer education demands much of both the intellect and the character of students, and prepares them for responsible citizenship and the examined life. Enrollment 127 undergraduate students Women: 49%, Men: 51% Students of color: 18% From outside Illinois: 52% Admission Criteria College-preparatory course work High school/college transcripts SAT/ACT scores recommended Two writing samples Letter of recommendations Rolling application deadline

Overview

Applicants
31
Acceptance Rate
84%
Average HS GPA
2.99

GPA Breakdown

25%
Over 3.75
14%
3.50 - 3.74
14%
3.25 - 3.49
47%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
620 - 760
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
500 - 640
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
500 - 620

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Application Essay
Recommendation(s)
Non-Academic

Interview
Level of applicant's interest

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
7:1
Total Faculty
12
with Terminal Degree
11

8
Men
4
Women
2
Minority

Most frequent class size
2 - 9
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
19%
Graduate in 5 years
26%
Graduate in 6 years

Majors

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • General Studies
  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Natural Sciences

  • Social Sciences

  • Social Sciences, General


Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

Prominent Alumni


Robert Keohane
International Relations Scholar

Laurie Spiegel
Composer and Computer Scientist

Stephen Dobyns
Poet and Novelist

C. Clark Kissinger
Activist

Danial Sandin
Computer graphics and visual arts poineer

Neal Solomon
Social Theorist

Cat Yronwode
nee Manfredi - comic book publisher and folkorist

Career overview


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
19%
Graduate in 5 years
26%
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$13,789

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$14,257

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,428

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$25,125

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
100%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$9,399

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$26,510
Required Fees
$4,720
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$800

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,000
Transportation for Commuters
$0

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
77
Out of State
50%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
4

Demographics

47% female
53% male
50% are out of state
87% are full time
13% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
10%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
42%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


Director
Elaine Vincent

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
Yes

Documentation Requred for LD
Psychoeducational Evaluation

Documentation Requred for ADHD
none

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
No

Proctors
No

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
No

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
No

Other assistive technology
No

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
10

Sports

Athletic Division
Other


Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: IIt offers extensive services to all students. Below is the web site for Multicultural Student Services. http://omss.iit.edu/services.html

Minority Support Groups: IIT offers extensive services to minority students. This is their web site for Multicultural Student Services. http://omss.iit.edu/services.html

Sustainability


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
11

Average Number of PC's per Lab
30

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Adrian Nelson
Assistant Director of Admission

Address
3424 S State Street
Chicago, IL 60616

Phone
312-235-3549

Email
a.nelson@shimer.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
The Shimer College space on the IIT Camp
The Galvin Library/Art Galery
McCormic Tribune Campus Center
Crown Hall
Keating Sports Center
Students are strongly encouraged to visit when classes are in session. The best way to know if Shimer is a good fit for you is if you sit in on a class!

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Field Museum
Shedd Aquarium
Chicago Public Library
Navy Pier
The whole city of Chicago!

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
by appointment

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
Other

Contact Email Address for Visit
n/a

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Shimer (and IIT) are on major public transportation routes; The "L" from Midway or O'Hare, and the Metra train system all provide easy access to Shimer College

Driving Instructions to Campus
Dan Ryan Expressway east to 31st Street exit, continue south to 33rd Street, turn left (east). Metered parking is located along Federal Street north and south of 33rd Street, and in the Visitor's Parking Lot (Lot A4) at 35th Street and State Street. From the South: Dan Ryan Expressway west to 35th Street exit, continue north to 33rd Street, turn right (east). Metered parking is located along Federal Street north and south of 33rd Street, and in the Visitor's Parking Lot (Lot A4) located at 32nd Street and State Street, on the east side of State Street. From Lake Shore Drive: Exit at 31st Street, go inland (west) to State Street, turn left (south). Metered parking is available in the Visitor's Parking Lot (Lot A4) located at 32nd Street and State Street, on the east side of State Street.

Local Accommodations
Chicago South Loop Hotel 11 West 26th Street Chicago, IL 60616 312-225-7000 Email: csl@fhginc.com http://www.chicagosouthloophotel.com Best Western River North 125 W. Ohio Chicago, IL60610 800.727.0800 www.chicagosbesthotel.com Cannot book IIT rate online. Fairfield Inn and Suites 216 E. Ontario Street Chicago, IL60611 312-787-3777 www.fairfieldsuiteschicago.com Best Western Grant Park Hotel 1100 S. Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL60605 800.472.6875 Club Quarters Two locations: Wacker at Michigan and Central Loop www.clubquarters.com Arlington House International Hostel 616 W. Arlington Place, Chicago, IL 60614 773-929-5380 www.arlingtonhouse.com Chicago International Hostel 6318 N. Winthrop Ave., Chicago, IL 60660 773-262-1011 www.hostelworld.com Hostelling International Chicago 24 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago, IL 60605 312-360-0300 www.hichicago.org
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Key Stats

31
Applicants
77
Size
84%
Acceptance Rate