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Founded in 1853, Shimer College. is a college. Located in Illinois, which is a city setting in Illinois, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 73 full time undergraduate students, and 0 full time graduate students.
The Shimer College Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 8:1. There are 10 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Shimer College include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.
Admissions at are considered Less Selective, with ,1% of all applicants being admitted.
In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 37 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.
0% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 0% were in the top quarter, and 0% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.
We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Shimer College.
1 Students rated on-campus housing 2 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.
2 Students rated off-campus housing 3 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.
2 Students rated campus food 1.5 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.
2 Students rated campus facilities 3 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.
2 Students rated class size 4.5 stars. 50 % gave the school a 5.0.
2 Students rated school activities 4 stars. 50 % gave the school a 5.0.
2 Students rated local services 4 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.
2 Students rated academics 4.5 stars. 50 % gave the school a 5.0.
1 Students rated Shimer College
Shimer College is a place you go when you want to learn to think for yourself. It can be very tiresome because there is a lot (and I mean a lot) of reading and thinking going on. If you like to read, to think, to question, and to have intelligent conversations about stuff, Shimer is perfect for you!
The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Shimer College is 100%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.
A great big family that sticks together through everything.
The Shimer community is very relaxed. People who are uptight or obsessed with status don't do well here. Everybody interacts, everybody talks with everybody; you don't have much choice. :-) People at Shimer tend to be very politically involved, but they come from all sorts of perspectives; liberals and conservatives and anarchists and socialists all get along at Shimer, though they may have some heated discussions.
If you like to read and think for yourself, visit Shimer. Sit in on a class. One Shimer class will be enough to tell you whether it's the place for you or not.
Everyone is on a first-name basis at Shimer -- students, teachers, staff, even the president. And by the end of your first semester, you'll know all of their names and everyone will know yours. The community is as tight-knit and welcoming as you could imagine, and it really helps to soften the strain that the uncompromising academics would otherwise create.
There are not a lot of extracurricular activities within Shimer itself, though there are lots of opportunities for that sort of thing around the IIT campus. Theater is a big deal, and so is community governance (not just "student government" -- at Shimer, students have a real say in the running of the school). There are a couple of really big parties each semester, and lots of small parties happening all the time. There are NO frats or sororities at Shimer -- for one thing, we're too small, and for another thing it's just not the Shimer way.
Shimer students are awesome and brilliant.
The best thing about Shimer are the conversations.
Shimer is a very small community, and it can be claustrophobic at times. Fortunately, in the new setting in Chicago, this is less of a concern.
Hello, me. I know you're worried about going to college so far from home. It's a big change for you, and you're not good with changes. You're scared that you'll much something up and won't be able to make any friends or that you won't do well academically because Shimer is not what you're used to and it's going to be hard. Trust me. It will be. But don't worry so much. Be yourself. Work hard and do your best. You're going to do everything right. Hard to believe now, I know, but you're going to make a good impression on people as long as you don't hide yourself away. You'll do okay in class as long as you honestly try. And you already plan on doing both those things, so you're practically set. College is going to be the turning point for you. Don't let your fears hold you back. Embrace the change, make new friends, and excel. You can do it. And you will. So don't worry so much, okay?
The best thing about my school is that it isn't like other schools. We're a small, tight-knit community with an intensive discussion and Great Books-based curriculum. The students here honestly want to learn, and in times of crisis, will band together. You can't separate the community from the academics here, and because of this, it's important to everyone that our college is run democratically. We all have a say in what happens because it's just as important to each of us. We're not here just to learn: we're here to grow.
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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA.
Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.
100% of students
attending Shimer College receive some sort of financial aid.
45% were awarded federal grants.
While 73% received federal loans.
Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.
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