Location
Chicago, IL
Undergrads
95
Tuition
$30,780
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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Reviews 49 total reviews with an average rating of 3.2

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4 College Student

Campus Strictness: The administration are very supportive and open-minded, they're willing to hear your part of the argument and want to help in whatever way they can.

3 College Student

Computers: You'll definitely need a computer for the extensive paper writing you'll be doing which replace exams at Shimer.

3 College Student

Weather: Chicago is known for as the Windy City, and in the winter time, it gets even colder than Michigan, due to the high winds that stream from the lake. You may need to bundle up in heavy clothing, because sometimes it blows so hard, it's difficult to walk when it's against the wind.

College Student

Greek Life: It's hard to say what the Greek life is like because though it is possible to join a fraternity at Shimer, it is through its larger neighboring technology university, IIT. I think most students are not in a fraternity and in general are not heavy partiers, although are always a few out there I am sure, in general, Greek life does not play a big role at Shimer.

4 College Student

Local Atmosphere: The campus is really near Chinatown, so it's easy to go out for some authentic cuisine. I like the Chicago Cultural center, it puts on the International Chicago Film Festival where you get to watch free international films. The beach by the lake is nice to relax and sun yourself. Chicago has so much going on, you can find almost any niche you would want obscure or mainstream.

1 College Freshman

Facilities: IIT looks nice, but I work and go to school. I don't think Shimer can use but the floor where it is, but also the galvin library. But not the sport center and stuff. I like the cafeteria to leave the Shimer building. There is a acting club, but it is like grade school, they made the play in the lounge.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: It is easy to get in. It is easy to get good grades. It is too expensive though. Some teachers are nice. I have trouble with English and one teacher was nice and helped me with not writing papers. But they tell you things and they never happen, like my loans are all messed up. It is too expensive in my opinion.

College Freshman

Greek Life: I think there is frats at IIT, but Shimer has no clubs or anything. It is one floor of one building by the ghetto south of the IIT school. It is nice that there is no frat boys, but there is still parties and too much drugs. I think there is special houses for IIT clubs.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Not but two students live in the dorm. I live with my family. There are a lot of old people who go to this school. I went to a party once and the apartment was okay, in like a yuppy place. There are a lot of rich kids who live with their family. I don't know really.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: I have ate on campus and it is crowded. It is okay, I brought my boyfriend here the first time because I didn't want he should see Shimer. The food is cheap, it is clean. The IIT students are nice, there is music that plays. I came here to hang out sometimes to leave the Shimer area.

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: They do not know what they talk about or they lie. My father tries to get an answer and they won't but talk on the phone. There is nothing on paper from what they said, and they change what they said.

1 College Freshman

Campus Housing: No one but two people live in dorms. It is mostly IIT who goes there. It is safe inside, but at night you shouldn't go out. There is all ghetto, and I live at home with my family.

2 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: It is too much very young and old people, like babies and grandmothers. One girls was sixteen, and no one has a shower at home, I think. I don't know. Then there is the very rich kids who is acting like she is poor, she is nice. But It is strange. The boys don't talk to you but in class. It is like city college with my grandmother and no baths.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: There is two religious girls who don't drink. There is a boy who always comes to class high. I don't live in the dorms, everybody lives at home to take the bus to school. But there is parties all the time. It is not good, it is like a bad too much taking drugs all the time. It is not very much the same to how I thought when I came here.

2 College Freshman

Computers: The lab has four computers. The school has one floor. IIT has computer labs at the library. I didn't have to use computers a lot, I used the one at home for papers. There really is not but hardly a school, tbh.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are ribs and chicken, like ghetto food. There is nothing in that area. West there is empty factories and south it is all ghetto, and east. Chinatown is north, and there is good food there, but that is 40 minutes walking, and passed two housing projects to get there.

2 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Some girls are nice, but they are so friendly if you want to leave. Everyone is angry or talks too much. It is not okay to say the schools problems, but then they are so friendly if you do. They are angry and manipule, the girls are working for the school. I stay with my own group or take the bus.

1 College Freshman

Health & Safety: It is not safe to walk at night, it is dark wehn class is finished. In winter it is dark early. There is campus police at lobby counter, but not at at night when walking out. The drug deals are across the street from where the bus stops. There are gangs and empty houses south of the building. There is public housing north of the building, and more gangs are there.

2 College Freshman

Parking: It is an area of crime. I am scared at night. There is crime and police, and at night it is not safe.

2 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is bad. There is snow and cold. The buses are late. Not anything is open for winter five months.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: With about a 40% international student body, it's really fun to meet people from different cultures and experience what they've experienced.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: I love the Paul Galvin Library. It's huge, open 24 hours Sunday through Thursday, and open until 6:00 PM on Friday and Saturday. It's huge, and you can ALWAYS find a space to recharge your laptop or phone, I love it.

College Freshman

Scholarships: I do not qualify for financial aid, but from what I hear, the business office people are pretty nice, and everybody's family, so they make it super easy.

College Freshman

Computers: Since all we do at Shimer is read books and write papers, it's not as if we necessarily need computers or free software or any of that jazz. We each have about $40 in printing money, but since I have my own printer, even that isn't necessary. There are about six computers on the Shimer floor that are rarely used. The most we need computers for is for typing papers; otherwise, all our network, internet, and tech support is run through IIT, which, as a technical school is not very good. But we don't really need it.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I currently live in the IIT dorms, so I don't know a whole lot about off-campus housing. From the people whose houses I've been too, they're super nice and close to campus. Most students live in Bridgeport, which isn't the safest neighborhood, but close enough to public safety that if you need a ride, they'll give you one. Bridgeport is nothing more than a mile at most, away from campus, there are buses which drop students off right outside of Shimer pretty much.

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