Shimer College

Alternative Liberal Arts College Programs in Chicago

We offer programs with flexible schedules and requirements, but they all have one thing in common: we teach you how to think, not what to think.

Shimer is a place to develop breadth and depth of knowledge in the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and integrative studies and to learn skills like critical thinking, reasoned analysis, and outstanding oral and written communication.

It’s that rare place where everyone’s views are valued and respect for difference is the rule, not the exception.

Four-Year Program

By taking 85 credits of core courses and 40 credits of electives over four years and writing a Senior Thesis, you can earn a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in Humanities, Social Sciences or Natural Sciences.

Two-Year Program

Transfer students who have at least 40 hours of transferable credit, may choose to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Humanities, Social Sciences, or Natural Sciences. Transfer students with at least 60 hours of transferable credits enter Shimer with Junior standing and will be able to graduate in two years.

Early Entrance Program

At Shimer, we accept high-school students who are ready for college before they receive their high-school degree.

B.A. to J.D.

For students interested in saving time and money, Shimer offers a program to earn both an undergraduate and law degree in six years.

Dual Enrollment Programs with Local Community Colleges

If they meet the program requirements, students who are enrolled in one of the City Colleges of Chicago or at Oakton Community College may take up to two Shimer College courses for the same cost as their community college courses. Find out if you qualify.