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Shimer College Stats, Info and Facts

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111 Students

100% Admitted

  • N/A full time
  • 14 part time
  • 51 men full time
  • 46 women full time
  • 108 applied
  • 50 admitted
  • 16 enrolled

1 Undergraduates

$31,000 Tuition/Year

  • $31,000 in state
  • $4,500 fees
  • N/A room & board
  • $800 books and supplies

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At a Glance

Institution Type: Private not-for-profit
Campus Setting: Great Lakes Large City
Highest Degree Offered: Bachelor's degree
Level of Institution: Four or more years
Calendar: Semester
Reviews in 3 Sentences
  • Sam from Manitowoc, WI
  • 0
  • Shimer College changed me from an arrogant high school with a narrow world perception into a better scholar, citizen, and person. I once thought I had all the answers. Shimer…

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  • Melanie from Chicago, IL
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  • A wonderful space for avid readers. A school whose pace is set by the self motivated. A small school for those who want to genuinely get to know their classmates.…

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Mission Statement

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 and 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.

Shimer College
  • Located in Chicago, IL
  • Private not-for-profit
  • 111 students enrolled
  • 100% admitted
  • $31,000 annual cost to attend
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Student Responses to Review Topic: Am I Enjoying Being Here
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  • Sami from Hoboken, NJ
  • I am a current student here

    There is a bit of pretentiousness at Shimer, which is kind of to be expected when it is a great books school, but still hard to deal with. The education here is amazing. The books you will read are incredible and the conversations you will have are intense and usually in a good way. People, on the other hand, tend to be cold until you establish yourself as a potential Shimer graduate, because the drop out rate is abnormally high. Both of these trends, unfortunately, feed each other, which makes the social situation rough.

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