Shimer College in Chicago

Chicago, IL

(Rating 5 based on 5 reviews)
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Overview

Shimer College offers 12-degree programs. Student-to-faculty ratio is 8:1. 1 high safety campus. Acceptance Rate is 37%. 52.3% are women, and 47.7% are men. The average annual total cost of attendance at Shimer College is 28870$, that is above national average. 38% of full-time Shimer College students completed their education in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is at the level of national average.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The Shimer College is a private and academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and receive Title IV aid. The total cost of attendance depends on whether undergraduates live on campus, off campus (not with family), or off campus (with family).

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$28,870
ABOVE AVERAGE

By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, Shimer College students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$25,923
$30,001 - $48,000$30,894
$48,001 - $75,000--
$75,001 - $110,000$35,277
$110,001+$29,277

Admission considerations

Required:

  • Secondary school record
  • Recommendations
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)

Recommended:

  • Secondary school GPA
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Admission test scores

Neither required nor recommended:

  • Secondary school rank
  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Finance

Charges:

  • Typical room charge for academic year: -

  • Typical board charge for academic year: -

  • Combined charge for room and board: -

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Percent of students with financial aid

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15%

Types of financial aids

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72 of Shimer College undergraduate students were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 97 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Shimer College number 131 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in Illinois.

Students at Shimer College awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a federal, state, local or institutional grant aid.

Students services

Career

Academic/career counseling service

Employment services for students

Living & meal

Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

Institution provide on-campus housing

Institution provides board or meal plan

Veteran Services Available

Yellow Ribbon Program

Credit for military training

Disability services

3%

Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

Undergraduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Alternative tuition plans

Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

Tuition payment plan

Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

Special learning opportunities

Here are the learning opportunities available in Shimer College.

Study abroad

Weekend/evening college

Study abroad - programs and arrangements offering students a possibility to complete part of the college program studying in another country.

Weekend/evening college allows students to complete courses and attend classes only on weekends or only in evenings.

Graduation Rate

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38%
BELOW AVERAGE

Shimer College graduation rate is below the national average.

38% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to Shimer College completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes a huge number of students. This indicator doesn’t take into account students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading picture. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare schools.

Applying information

Average number of admissions to one applicant

1 : 1

Average number of applicants to one enrolled

2 : 1

Admission considerations

Required:

  • Secondary school record
  • Recommendations
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)

Recommended:

  • Secondary school GPA
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Admission test scores

Neither required nor recommended:

  • Secondary school rank
  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Acceptance Rate

The percentage of students given offers out of all those that applied.

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37%

In comparison to National Average

Shimer College acceptance rate is below national average.

In comparison to state Average

Average acceptance rate for institutions in state is 68%, so acceptance rate value is below state average for 31%.

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37%
BELOW AVERAGE

In comparison to an average acceptance rate in of colleges in $20k - $30k price range

Average acceptance rate for all institutions in state in the same net price range is 71%, so Shimer College acceptance rate value is below state net price average for 34%.

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37%
BELOW AVERAGE

Admissions yield

Of those that receive offers to enroll, this is the percent of students that actually do enroll. It is equal to the number of students that enroll divided by the number of accepted students multiplied by 100.
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44%

Total

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44%

Full time

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0%

Part time

Retention rate

Full-time retention rate

82%

Part-time retention rate

0%

The Shimer College full-time retention rate is 82% and part-time retention rate is 0%.

Retention rate is the percentage of the institution's first-time first-year undergraduate students who continue at that institution the next year. E.g., full-time students who study in the fall semester and continue studying in the same program next fall semester are included in the retention rate.

Retention rate is an important indicator: if it is high, it demonstrates that school has quality curriculum, pleasant student environments and cultures as more students choose to continue their studies.

Student Body

The student-to-faculty ratio at Shimer College is 8:1, that means that for every 8 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

Student-to-faculty ratio

8:1
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Men/Women

Race/ethnicity breakdown

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Students enrollment in distance education

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In Shimer College the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

Distance education location breakdown

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Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Shimer College and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in not reported location.

Campus Safety

The percentage of crimes on Chicago

The campus located by 3424 S. State Street address in Chicago, Illinois.

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Chicago in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is a part of Shimer College with 81.09% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Chicago are burglary, robbery, and motor vehicle theft.

Academic Programs

Number of degree programs offered

Shimer College offers 12 programs in total: 12 are for Bachelor's degree.

This is one of the lowest number of programs in comparison with other 134 universities in Cook county. Shimer College is one of the few institutions in Cook that offers a Bachelor's degree program.

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Total credit/contact hours

Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the Illinois state average data to help you compare.

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Shimer College provides coursework for undergraduate students оnly.

In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 80 students with 2410 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period.

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Student Reviews and Ratings for Shimer College

Overall Rating:

Overall Rating:

It isn’t a school that teaches, it is a school where you learn how to think, major difference. You learn to think on your feet as anything said in class may be challenged, refuted and source required, by your best friend. It served me well in a career as a senior technologist (EE with a big three TV network eventually representing the MPAA at an international level). Yet I could discuss politics, current events and historical background with the news division and a straight play, adaptation of a work or a musical with the entertainment division. In retirement I am starting to go back and read the course work again, the books which aren’t in the library are easily found for the e-book. Shakespeare is better now, perhaps I understand a bit better. Senior Member IEEE, 2009 Chair NY Section IEEE

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

I was a bright but bored and mediocre high school student. Shimer really awoke my love of learning. The discussions were open, enlivening, fun. The reading stretched my mind - even in areas I was not originally drawn to. The interdisciplinary approach helped me to understand how philosophy, politics, economics, science, technology, arts, literature, sociology, etc. are all interwoven, all affected by one another. From Shimer I went on to get a J.D. at Harvard Law School, and after many years of field work in international development, a Ph.D. in natural resources policy (sustainable rural development) from U. of New Hampshire - I enjoyed both of those institutions, but none of them beats Shimer for shear intellectual growth and challenge. This is a terrific school for people who like to read and think.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

I could write pages and pages on my Shimer experience and how it helped shape me into the person that I am. Instead, I will try to be succinct and not bore you terribly. Shimer college is without a doubt in my mind, one of the finest Liberal Arts institutions in this whole country, if not the whole world. The professors, whom we call facilitators, put aside their titles and let you engage them directly, most on a first name basis. In fact, egalitarianism is and hopefully will always remain at the core of the mission of the college, and everyone getting to have their thoughts heard is always a priority which is paid close attention to.The family atmosphere of the college can and should be a culture shock to anyone who attended a conventional four year high school, and it is this very intimacy in knowing almost all of your facilitators and classmates that can also be very intense for someone who is not prepared to have their ideas so publicly scrutinized. But if you can summon the courage to express yourself openly, in addition to listening deeply to the ideas of others, you will emerge on the other side a better person in most respects. Shimer is not meant to be the end of your education, but rather the beginning of a lifetime of inquiry and critical thought. The three years I spent at the Waukegan campus will always be with me, but after two semesters at the Chicago campus, I have ultimate faith that the ideals of the school live on and will be of service to anyone wishing to challenge themselves to think deeper.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

If you are a real live intellectual, this is the place for you! I was challenged and engaged every second I was at Shimer College. The place has its problems, but I found I was forced to develop as a scholar again and again by them, and I would not trade my education there for anything. I thought of the school primarily in two ways when I was there. One was "put a bunch of nerds who love to read and argue together and see what they come up with," and I think that really is a pretty good way to give some insight into what goes on there within the scope of a google review. Another was "group therapy for people who read the great books of Western civilization." After spending a few years reading your way through the source materials of Western culture, and becoming strangely intimate with their authors (after spending hours and hours and hours reading their work) while at the same time trying to live in this strange world that has come to follow them, I think you will understand just what I mean there, and agree that group therapy is a good idea for anyone who digs too deeply into such things. Another little phrase that I said to myself while at Shimer was "It is fun to be a big fish in a small pond... Full of other big fish." I think this is something that is important to think about before going. If you want to avoid being challenged and engaged, and are used to being the smartest kid around and can't handle other people being just as smart as you are, and often smarter, this isn't the place for you. If you are pretty secure in your ability to think and reason, and want to find yourself a group of similar weirdos so you can give each other existential crises for four years... Look no further and welcome home.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

I am a 1998 graduate of Shimer College, and I would recommend it to all independent thinkers. Shimer offers a blend of Great Books learning, participatory governance, and dialogical education that no other college has ever replicated. Few have even tried.I cannot judge whether what Shimer offers is actually the best education in America, but it is certainly the best that I have experienced. You read original sources, not textbooks; you come to your own conclusions, not the conclusions your professor wants. You participate in the actual governance of the college, not the make-believe of "student government."In sum: if you like reading and thoughtful discussion, and don't care for the mass-produced drivel that masquerades as "education" in much of the world, go to Shimer.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Location & Website

Address: 3424 South State Street

Place:

Religious affiliation: Not applicable

Calendar system: Semester

General Phone Number: +3122353500

Institution is active in current year: 1

Institution's internet website address: shimer.edu

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