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

We enroll about 100 undergraduate students.
41% are women. 59% are men. 
25% are students of color.
About 50% come from Illinois.
76% of students are 24 years of age or under; 24% are 25 years of age or over.
40% of the 2014 incoming class were first-time, first-year undergraduates.

Education by Numbers

Student to Faculty Ratio: 8:1
Average Class Size: 7
Calendar: Two 15-week semesters, one six-week summer session
Credits: 85 hours in core classes, 40 hours in electives
Unduplicated headcount: 97
Full-time enrollment: 79
Part-time enrollment: 18

Retention Rate
Full-time, first-year retention rate (Fall 2012 cohort): 86%

Graduation Rate
Graduation rate overall: 63%*
6-year graduation rate: 63%

Source: 2013-14 IPEDS (Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System) Report; 2014 Census Report
* As reported in the 2012 IPEDS, the latest data available

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

100% of students receive financial aid. The average financial aid package: $13,956.

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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 entrance students at Shimer has been as high as 80%.

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