What is Shimer College in Chicago?
We’re very small:
Shimer is different. We enroll fewer than 150 students, with no more than 12 per class. Take a second to read that again. (done?) Yes, we're that small. Why? Because getting your voice in matters; dialogue matters; access to your professors matter. But for all that, we're still located on the internationally renowned campus of Chicago's IIT--with access to all the student services and facilities that that provides. We offer 4 year, transfer, and early entrance tracks and degrees and big scholarships. At Shimer, extremely personal, intentional education meets the big city. We're not your granny's liberal arts college out in the middle of the woods!
We believe in the persisting value of the liberal arts:
Shimer is alternative. Affiliated, for a time, with the University of Chicago, we separated so that we could pursue a more focused Great Books curriculum based entirely on primary sources. We use the same method of learning in all our courses, one based on dialogue, not lecture.
College life in the city:
Shimer is Chicago. Located minutes from the Loop, we have easy access to public transportation, Lake Michigan, countless reading series and art shows, museums and cultural centers, public protests and rallies, and endless archives of unadulterated information. It sounds cheesy and trite to say Chicago is our campus--but...think about it! We're a small school located on a big university campus, which itself is located in one of the biggest metropolitan cities in the world! This is a place where you can find community--both at Shimer and throughout our diverse city.
We are an active and engaged community of equals:
Shimer is service. We are a self-governing community that lives by shared accountability and personal responsibility. Through a democratic governing body of professors, students, and staff, every voice is heard, all beliefs respected.
We count among us prodigies who left high school early, homeschoolers, transfers, veterans, sci-fi writers, multilinguists, painters, philosophers, contrarians, misfits, and the double-jointed.