Shimer College

Facts & Figures that Set Shimer Apart from Other Colleges

Quantifiable statistics, notable facts, and curious claims about Shimer College in Chicago

Student Demographics:
Census Report, Fall 2013

We enroll about 100 undergraduate students.
52% are women. 48% are men. 
20% are students of color. 
About 50% come from Illinois. 

Education by Numbers:
Student to Faculty Ratio: 10:1
Average Class Size: 9
Calendar: Two 15-week semesters, one six-week summer session
Credits: 85 hours in core classes, 40 hours in electives

Retention Rates:
2012 IPEDS (Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System) Survey

Unduplicated headcount: 120
Full-time enrollment: 105
Part-time enrollment: 22
Full-time retention rate: 84%

Graduation Rate: 63%
2012 IPEDS

Monetary Considerations:
In 2013-2014
Tuition: $27,491
Book fee: $1,350
Room & Board: $10,804
Fees for Student Services: $1,970
Total Cost of Attendance: $41,615



Worth Remarking

82% of students receive financial aid. The average financial aid package: $13,956.

Barron’s Best Buys in College Education loves us. Our scholarships are as
fundamentally unique and useful as our education.

In a 2008 study, Shimer ranked in the top 1% of undergraduate schools
whose alumni go on to earn PhDs.

The Harvard Educational Review and Time Magazine once recognized Shimer as one of 11 small liberal arts colleges in the US with “an ideal intellectual climate.”

The percentage of early entrances at Shimer has been as high as 80%.

Over its entire 160-year history, Shimer’s enrollment has averaged about 125 students.