Shimer College

For Transfers

Transfer students make up about two-thirds of each entering class at Shimer. Whether you’ve completed your AA and you’re ready to tackle your BA, or you’ve taken classes at a few schools but just haven’t found the right academic home yet, we invite you to consider transferring to Shimer. Apply for the fall, spring, or summer semester.

Planning to Transfer to Shimer

We urge you to prepare for your transfer early to make sure you are able to transfer as many credits as possible. Transfer guides on this page provide information on core course equivalences (courses at your current college or university that are pre-approved for credit at Shimer). Much of your other coursework will count towards Shimer College elective credit. If you do not see your college listed, please contact the Shimer College Dean’s Office at, and we will help you plan your transfer.

Transfer Credit

Transfer credits are used to determine your placement in the program. Courses in which you have earned a C or better (or equivalent) are considered for transfer credit. Check the transfer guides on this page for course equivalences with your two-year college or university, or email To receive transfer credit, be sure to submit official transcripts prior to enrolling at Shimer. Because of Shimer’s program of sequential, discussion-based courses (the Core Curriculum), we cannot grant credit for experiential learning, career, or vocational courses.


Students who have completed an associate’s degree can enter with junior standing. Depending on intended major and previous program of study, transfer students with junior standing can complete a bachelor’s degree in two years of full-time study.


Transfer Application Checklist

  • ❏   Completed Application: Click here.
  • ❏   Official College Transcripts: List all the schools you have attended since   high school on the application and contact the registrar at each of these schools to request that an official transcript be sent to Shimer College.
  • ❏   Official High School Transcripts: If you have fewer than 60 semester hours of college credit, please submit a high school transcript or its equivalent (such as a GED).
  • ❏   College Entrance Examinations (ACT/SAT): In most cases, Shimer does not require college entrance examinations for admission. However, if they are available, we ask that they be posted on your high school transcript or that you ask the testing agency to forward the results to Shimer.
    Shimer’s ACT code: 1142
    Shimer’s SAT code: 1717
  • ❏   Letter of Recommendation: Ask a professor who know your work well to write a letter of recommendation on your behalf and email it directly to
  • ❏   Essays or Writing Samples: Submit two writing samples. (You don’t need to write any special essays just for us. Two papers you think demonstrate your best work from classes you have already taken will be just fine.) Please email directly to
  • ❏   $25 Application Fee: Payable by check or credit card
  • ❏   Admission Interview: Usually conducted in person as soon as the college has received your completed application. However, if you are visiting the campus, we will be happy to meet with you at that time. If you are unavailable for a personal interview, arrangements can be made for a telephone interview.