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Shimer College

Shimer College is a very cool little school in the far reaches of Chicago's beautiful northern suburbs. Students here take a rigid and rigorous core curriculum composed of the Great Books of civilization in original form and learn mostly at round tables. Over half of Shimer graduates go on to graduate and professional schools, and Shimer's Every-Third-Weekend Program adult program is a great way for older students to get a liberal arts education.

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Offers Baccalaureate Degrees, Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College

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Shimer College is a very cool little school in the far reaches of Chicago's beautiful northern suburbs. Students here take a rigid and rigorous core curriculum composed of the Great Books of civilization in original form and learn mostly at round tables. Over half of Shimer graduates go on to graduate and professional schools, and Shimer's Every-Third-Weekend Program adult program is a great way for older students to get a liberal arts education.

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Student Life

Student Life

Student Body

Total Undergraduates 97
Gender 59% Male / 41% Female
Enrollment Breakdown 82% Full Time / 18% Part Time
Geography 48% In State / 52% Out of State / % International
Socio-Economic Diversity 14% of students received Pell Grants, which are provided by the U.S. government to students from middle and lower income families. It gives you an idea of a school’s socio-economic diversity.
Ethnic Diversity
Percentage
White 75%
Multi-racial 4%
Hispanic/Latino 9%
Ethnicity Unknown 5%
Black or African American 2%
Asian 5%

Housing

5% of students live on-campus.

10% of freshman live on-campus.

  • Apartments for Married Students
  • Apartments for Single Students
  • Coed Dorms
  • Special Housing for Disabled Students
  • Theme Housing

Activities

Student Publications: Promulgates

  • Dance
  • Government or Political Activity
  • Radio Station
  • Student Newspaper
  • Choral Groups
  • Drama/Theater
  • Campus Ministries

Student Services

  • Academic Support Services: reduced course load study skills assistance tutoring writing center
  • Computer Services: computer center, dorms, libraries, student center dorms wired for access to campus-wide network dorms wired for high speed internet connections wireless network available
  • Counseling Services: alcohol/substance abuse counseling career counseling financial aid counseling health services personal counseling placement services for graduates adult (re-entering) student services/programs employment services for undergraduates
  • Facilities
  • Special Needs Services: partial services for students with learning disabilities wheelchair accessibility
  • Specialty Programs (ROTC, Accelerated Programs, Professional Development, etc.): cross-registration double major independent study internships
  • Transfer In Services
  • Transfer Out Services

Academics

Academics

Popular Majors

Humanities/Humanistic Studies (53%), Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies (26%), Social Sciences (15%), Natural Sciences (3%)

Majors Offered

Bachelor's

A program that focuses on combined studies and research in the humanities subjects as distinguished from the social and physical sciences, emphasizing languages, literatures, art, music, philosophy and religion.

Job Opportunities:

Postsecondary Teachers, All Other
All postsecondary teachers not listed separately.

A program that is a structured combination of the arts, biological and physical sciences, social sciences, and humanities, emphasizing breadth of study. Includes instruction in independently designed, individualized, or regular programs.

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Postsecondary Teachers, All Other
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Bachelor's

A program with a combined or undifferentiated focus on one or more of the physical and biological sciences.

Job Opportunities:

Natural Sciences Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, statistics, and research and development in these fields.
Life Scientists, All Other
All life scientists not listed separately.
Physical Scientists, All Other
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Bachelor's

A program that focuses on the general study of human social behavior and social institutions using any of the methodologies common to the social sciences and/or history, or an undifferentiated program of study in the social sciences.

Job Opportunities:

Managers, All Other
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Social Scientists and Related Workers, All Other
All social scientists and related workers not listed separately.
Social Science Research Assistants
Assist social scientists in laboratory, survey, and other social science research. May help prepare findings for publication and assist in laboratory analysis, quality control, or data management.
Social Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary, All Other
All postsecondary social sciences teachers not listed separately.
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
Teach students in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies at the secondary level in public or private schools. May be designated according to subject matter specialty.

Administration & Faculty

Dean of the College Barbara Stone
Accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Full-time Faculty 11
Student : Faculty Ratio 8 : 1
Faculty Gender (% Male : Female) 63 : 36
Percentage of Faculty Members
Non-Tenure Track Faculty 100

Admissions

Admissions

Selectivity

Selectivity Score: 66/100
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Acceptance Rate: 28.6% accepted of 28 applications

25th - 75th Percentile
ACTComposite26 - 29
 
SATMath490 - 570
Reading620 - 710
Writing500 - 690

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Application Essay, Recommendations, Interview

Important: Talent Ability, Rigor Of Secondary School Record, Academic GPA, Character Personal Qualities, Extracurricular Activities, Level Of Applicants Interest

Also Considered: Volunteer Work, Standardized Test Scores, Work Experience, Alumni Relation, First Generation College Student

High School Curriculum (years of study):
Required Recommended
History 0 2
English 0 4
Math 0 3
Science 0 3
Science Lab 0 0
Social Studies 0 0
Foreign Language 0 2
Visual Performing Arts 0 1

Other Application Information: Please contact college for information about its use of SAT scores SAT Reasoning Test and Subject Tests; or ACT

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Finance

Finance

Average Net Tuition

The average student pays $34,903 for tuition, fees, and other expenses, after grants and scholarships.

Household Income Real Cost
$0-$30K $24,360
$75K-$110K $33,685
$110K+ $29,000

Sticker Price

Total stated tuition is $27,491, in-state and on-campus, before financial aid.

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $27,491 Same as On-Campus
Fees $4,036 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A $10,000
Books $750 $750
Total (before financial aid) $32,277 $42,277

Students Receiving Aid

86% of students receive some form of financial aid.

Undergrads Receiving Aid Average Aid Amount
Federal Loans 43% $6,833
Federal Scholarships/Grants 14% $5,900
Institutional Grants 86% $8,357
Other Federal Grants 14% $400
Pell Grants 14% $5,500
State and Local Scholarships/Grants 14% $4,720
Student Loans 43% $6,833

Financial Aid Websites

Learn more about financial aid at http://www.shimer.edu/admissions/financialaid.cfm.

Estimate the net price for you at http://www.shimer.edu/netprice/npcalc.htm.

Alumni and Outcomes

Alumni and Outcomes

Graduation Rates

50% of students graduated on time.

60% of students graduated in six years.

86% of full time students continued studying at this school after freshman year.

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Rankings

WalletHub

#162 The Best and Worst College Cities and Towns in America

Washington Monthly

#109 Liberal Arts Colleges - Bachelor's to PhD Rank
#125 Liberal Arts Colleges - Service Staff, Courses, and Financial Aid Rank
#125 Liberal Arts Colleges - Community Service Participation Rank
#138 Liberal Arts Colleges - Research Expenditures Rank
#139 Liberal Arts Colleges - ROTC Rank
#196 Liberal Arts Colleges - Federal Work-Study Funds Spent on Service Rank
#200 Liberal Arts Colleges - Overall Rank
#208 Liberal Arts Colleges - Peace Corps Rank
#224 Affordable Elite Colleges - Overall Rank
#238 Liberal Arts Colleges - Graduation Rate Rank
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