Shimer College 1

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3424 S. State Street

Chicago, IL 60616

Phone: (312) 235-3500
2012-2013 Tuition
tuition and fees
Jul. 31
application deadline

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Shimer College is a private institution that was founded in 1853. It has a urban setting and the campus size is 120 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Shimer College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, Tier 2. Its tuition and fees are $30,780 (2012-13).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Shimer College is a unique 155-year old, private, liberal arts college located just minutes from downtown Chicago. Students read original sources, not textbooks, and discuss them in classes of no more than twelve students joined by a faculty member who guides the discussion rather than lectures. These classes are conversation at its best: everyone works together to make each meeting an adventure in intellectual discovery. If you like to read and think and have meaningful discussions - in the classroom and beyond - then Shimer is the place for you. Shimer is about education in the noblest sense of the word. It's a place to learn how to think, not what to think. It's a place to develop a breadth of knowledge in the humanities, natural sciences and social sciences that is very rare in our age of specialization, yet extraordinarily useful in today's ever-changing world. It's that rare place where everyone's views are valued, where careful and caring discussion and respect for difference are the rule, not the exception. Shimer College is an intentionally small, exceptionally student-centered college. Our students develop their capacity for critical thought and interpersonal communication through careful reading of the Great Books, those classics of Western Civilization which will sustain a life-long passion for learning. The college shares space on the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) Campus. While we offer small classes we can also offer the full range of student activities and opportunities available on a large campus. Our students live in IIT housing, eat in their dining hall, have access to their health service and most of their student organizations.

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School type private
Year founded 1853
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Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment N/A


When applying to Shimer College, it's important to note the application deadline is July 31. The application fee at Shimer College is $25. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 46.3 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 46.3% 4
Application deadline July 31
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Academic Life

The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 84 percent.

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Campus Info & Services

Shimer College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Shimer College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Shimer College, 25 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Shimer College.

Students who have cars on campus 25%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Tuition and fees $30,780 (2012-13)
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