Shimer College

Life After Shimer

What Do Graduates Do with a Shimer degree?



Today, the knowledge economy is changing so rapidly that successful college graduates must be prepared to change careers several times. Shimer has always attracted students interested in breadth of choices. Over 90% of Shimer’s graduates since 1940 have had more than one career. 

Most Common Fields of Employment for Shimer Graduates

Education 25%
Medicine/Health Care 9%
Law/Legal Services 8%
Social Services 6%
Computer Science/Technology 6%
Business Services 5%
Journalism/Media/Publishing 4%
Retail 4%
Communications/Marketing/PR 4%
Fine/Performing Arts 3%
Information Technology 3%
Source: Alumni Survey 2014, graduating years 1940-2014. Fields in which fewer than 3% of alumni reported working and responses for “Other” are not listed.

Most Common Fields of Employment of Recent Graduates?

Secondary Education 23%
Higher Education 21%
Social Services 10%
Law/Legal Services 9%
Retail 9%
Medicine/Healthcare 5%
Source: Alumni Survey 2014, graduating years 2005-2014.Fields in which fewer than 5% of alumni reported  working, and responses for “Other” are not listed.

Advanced Degrees

10% of Shimer graduates surveyed have earned Ph.D.s

33% of Shimer graduates surveyed have earned Master’s degrees

Where Do Shimer graduates go on to study?

In recent years (since 2000), Shimer graduates have attended the following graduate and professional schools:

Adler School of Professional Psychology Loyola University Chicago
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law New York University
Boston University Ohio University
Central European University, Hungary Quinnipiac University School of Law
Chicago School of Professional Psychology Roosevelt University
Dominican University, River Forest, IL The University of Aizu, Japan
Duquesne University, Pittsburgh University of Bridgeport, Connecticut
Emory University The University of Chicago
Erikson Institute, Chicago University of Chicago, Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies
Fort Hays State University, Kansas University of Newcastle, Australia
Harvard University University of Toronto
Idaho State University University of Utah
La Trobe University,  Australia University of Vermont
Lake Forest College  
Source: Alumni Survey 2014

Shimer students are entrepreneurial. Since 2000,

11 Shimer graduates have started a for-profit business

4 Shimer graduates have started a not-for-profit business

2 Shimer graduates filed copyrights for creative work in music, art, film, and literature

Source: Alumni Survey 2014