- You can apply year-round. We review applications on a rolling basis.
- You don’t have to submit SAT or ACT scores. Of course, if you have them, feel free to show them off. But they’re not required to apply.
- You don’t need a minimum GPA. We know that smarts can’t all be measured the same way. Braniacs of all stripes are welcome to apply: those with a 5.0, and those without.
- We give you a chance to show us who you are. Our application process relies heavily on your writing sample and an interview we conduct in person or over the phone.
- We let you know the decision quickly. Waiting around makes us bite our nails.The Office of Admission makes every effort to inform applicants of admission decisions within about a week of completion of all application requirements.
Want to know more? Find the type of student you are.
First-Year Students are applicants who intend to enroll in college for the first time after graduating high school. International applicants welcome.
Transfer Students are applicants who have been enrolled in college. International applicants welcome.
Early Entrants are students who have not completed high school but are ready to take on the challenge and the opportunities of college. International applicants welcome.
Special Students are part-time, non-degree-seeking students, like those looking to join Shimer@60 or to take a Great Books course or two while enrolled at another college.
Dual Enrollment Students are students currently enrolled at the City Colleges of Chicago or Oakton College who are eligible to take Shimer courses for the same credit-hour cost that their schools charge.
Cross-registering? Just fill out the form.
Shimer is committed to equal educational opportunity and will consider the application of any individual who has the potential to perform well in a college environment. It is Shimer’s policy to actively seek a diverse student body.