Shimer College

Dual Enrollment with Local Community Colleges

Take Shimer courses at community college prices

Shimer College is committed to helping students develop their capacity for critical thought and interpersonal communication through careful reading of the Great Books as they pursue their Bachelor’s degree. The core values informing education at Shimer are free inquiry, dialog, critical open-mindedness, and integration of disciplines. Both City Colleges of Chicago and Oakton Community College support these values through their own respective Great Books Programs. 

Our Dual Enrollment Agreements with these community colleges allows City College and Oakton students to take courses at Shimer College for the same price as courses at their community college, and to count those courses toward their Associate Degrees.

Requirements: The Dual Enrollment opportunity will be available to qualifying City College and Oakton Community College students who will be able to take Shimer courses for up to 12 credits of their general education core courses, one course per semester, during their enrollment at the City Colleges. To participate, students must have completed 15 college-level credits AND at least one Great Books course at City Colleges or at Oakton Community College. A dual enrollment student must be enrolled full-time (a minimum of 12 credits; 15 is recommended), with both Shimer and his or her community college courses counting toward the total number of credits.

Available Courses: Dual enrolled community college students may take any of seven lower-level core courses at Shimer when they are offered:

Humanities Courses:

HUM1: Art & Music

HUM2: Poetry, Drama & Fiction

Natural Sciences Courses

NATSCI1: Laws & Models in Chemistry

NATSCI2: Evolution, Genetics & Animal Behavior

Social Sciences Courses

SOC1:  Society, Culture & Personality

SOC2: The Western Political Tradition

Integrative Studies Courses

IS2: Foundations of Mathematics and Logic

How to Apply: City College students who wish to participate in the Dual Enrollment program can apply online here and Oakton Community College students should download the application here and send the completed form to the Shimer College Office of Admission. (Oakton online application will be available soon.) Applicants will also need to submit their City College or Oakton transcript and a 500 word essay about an educational experience that has been rewarding or frustrating to you, or about a book that has had an impact on your life. You may also submit an expository essay that you wrote for a Great Books class to fulfill the essay requirement.

Cost and Financial Aid: Students will be charged the same fees for the courses taken at Shimer in a dual enrollment status as they would for an equal number of credits at their respective community college. Students are responsible for paying to Shimer the tuition for their Shimer course work each term.  City College students who receive financial aid to pay for their college costs must follow the terms of City Colleges Financial Aid Consortium Agreement and Oakton Community College students must follow the terms of the Oakton Consortium Agreement in order to use financial aid dollars to pay for the Shimer courses.