Shimer College

58 reviews
  1. Chicago, IL
  2. 4 Year
NG
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    NG
  2. Value
    NG
  3. Diversity
    NG
  4. Campus
    NG
  5. Athletics
    NG
  6. Party Scene
    NG
  7. Professors
    NG
  8. Location
    NG
  9. Dorms
    NG
  10. Campus Food
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  11. Student Life
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  12. Safety
    NG
Shimer College is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
Data not available
Athletic Conference
Data not available
Address
3424 South State Street
Chicago, IL 60616
Website

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
37%
SAT Range
Data not available
ACT Range
Data not available
Application Fee
$25
SAT/ACT
Recommended
High School GPA
Recommended

Cost

Net Price
$31,972/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $25,923/ year
  • $30-48k
    $30,894/ year
  • $49-75k
    No Data
  • $76-110k
    $35,277/ year
  • $110k+
    $29,277/ year

Academics

Professors
NG
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
8:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
100%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.5 responses
40%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.5 responses
40%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.5 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
67Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
18%
Pell Grant
38%
Varsity Athletes
Data not available
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After Shimer College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
Data not available
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
30%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
64%
National
83%
67%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.3 responses

Reviews

58 reviews
  • Excellent
    11
  • Very Good
    15
  • Average
    18
  • Poor
    9
  • Terrible
    5
Shimer has been a great for me as a a somewhat unusual ex-home schooler. Almost everyone here has some kind of unusual backstory. Shimer is very unique microcosm of people with intellectual interests, a high degree of intellectual independence and oftentimes a history of difficulty fitting in in other communities. Shimer is obviously incredibly small. Which is both its best and worst feature. Best in that you will probably know the entire student body (or 90% of it), all the faculty and all the staff by your second semester. Everybody is on a first name basis with everyone else. You can always count on other students for support/help when needed. On the negative side the size can intrude a bit on student privacy and can amplify issues between students in the social/romantic department.
  • College Junior
  • 5 months ago
The professors are great! They're really willing to work with you on your papers. The workload is overwhelming if it's your first semester. I had to drop a class in order to keep up, and even then sometimes I didn't get all of the readings done, which is really important since participation is most of your grade. But if you don't manage to get it finished, you can either ask someone to summarize for you or you can let your professor know at the beginning of class so that they know you won't be participating much.
  • College Freshman
  • June 9 2015
Overall my academic experience at Shimer has been wonderful. The classes are (for the most part) well designed with good reading lists. The main skill professors (or "facilitators" as professors are often called at Shimer) need at Shimer is the ability to moderate class discussion (since all classes are discussion based). Some professors/facilitators better at this then others. Some professors are very "active" in class often making their own points and try to steer the conversation in particular directions. Other professors are very passive only jumping in if there is active student conflict or a major need for factual clarification. Both models can work it often depends on what material your working with and what students your in class with.

Given the open discussion based nature of Shimer classes "class dynamics" are a major issue. After two semesters at Shimer I have not had a class in which the dynamics were so problematic they interfered with positive discussion and learning.
  • College Junior
  • 5 months ago