We can’t promise you admission, but because of our small size and individual admission process, we can promise you that if you complete your application for either Spring 2015 or Fall 2015 by November 1, 2014 you will have an admission decision by Thanksgiving. Additionally, if you are admitted, you will automatically be awarded a scholarship for at least $1,350 to cover your first year’s book fee.
The books you’ll be given aren’t textbooks — we don’t read textbooks at Shimer. All of our books are original sources, and the editions and translations have been carefully selected by our faculty. If the thought of shiny new piles of life-changing books thrills you, Shimer might be your college.
Shimer College has a reputation for attracting passionate, highly intelligent, and creative students. Our students love to read, and to talk about what they read. We pride ourselves on our small, discussion-based classes, a curriculum rooted in original sources that have defined civilization as we know it, and our 160-year history of being a unique community of scholars.