Shimer College

3424 S. State St., Chicago, IL 60505
Tel: 312-235-3555
Private, non-profit | 125 students
Shimer is a small independent four-year liberal arts college located just minutes from downtown Chicago. Our students develop their capacity for critical thought and interpersonal communication through careful reading of the Great Books, which sustain a life-long passion for learning. With classes of 12 students, a full-time teaching faculty, and great books, Shimer offers a rare and enduring educational experience.

School Overview:

Shimer College
County Du Page County, IL
Title IV Eligible Yes
Carnegie Classification Other
Institution Level 4 or more years
Institution Control Private, non-profit
Instructional Staff Total
(research/public service staff included)
12 staff 115 staff
Student Body
Total Enrollment 125 students 1,633 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
- 1%
% Asian
- 2%
% Hawaiian
- 1%
% Hispanic
- 3%
% Black
- 6%
% White
- 84%
% Two or more races
- 2%
Finances and Admission
In-State Tuition Fees
$30,780 $24,462
Out-State Tuition Fees
$30,780 $24,744
Total Dormitory Capacity 100 571
Tuition 26510
Tuition Notes In state and out of
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 93% 96%
Percent Admitted 71% 64%

School Notes:

  • An independent four-year liberal arts college, Shimer’s academic programs feature an interdisciplinary core curriculum originally designed by Robert M. Hutchins of the University of Chicago and grounded in the Great Books tradition.
  • The 450-acre campus includes more than 100 facilities, including a performing arts center, fitness center, and dining hall.
  • Shimer College offers Day Program for traditional-age students, Every-Third-Weekend Program for working adults, Shimer-in-Oxford Program for third- and fourth-year students, Early Entrant Program for high school-age students; graduate courses in the Teaching Fellows Program for professional teacher development.
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