Shimer College

Orientation Checklist

Orientation Checklist

New Student Orientation:

____ Mark your calendar with these important orientation dates

Orientation will be your introduction to Shimer College on the campus of Illinois Institute of Technology. During orientation, you will quickly be immersed into Shimer’s academic culture and community. Orientation will be your first opportunity to meet students who you will be having classes and meals with, the facilitators who will guide you in your education, and the staff who can help you navigate your collegiate journey at Shimer College.

New Student Orientation Day 1: Wednesday, January 4, 2017 from 9am to 5pm (All new students need to attend)

New Student Orientation Day 2: Thursday, January 5, 2017 from 9am to 4pm (All new students need to attend)

             First Day of Fall Classes: Monday, January 9, 2017                                                                                                                                                                                               

____ Pay the $260 Orientation Fee

Please pay your Shimer Orientation Fee by Monday, January 2, 2017. 

Payment Option 1

Pay by debit or credit card at this link: Shimer Tuition Payment Form

Please contact Glendalyn Booker, Shimer’s Bursar, at 312-235-3514 if you have questions regarding your orientation fee payment.

Payment Option 2
Please make all personal checks, cashier’s checks, and money orders out to Shimer College.  You can mail your check to “ATT: Shimer College Office of Student Life, 3424 S. State Street, 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60616”.


Academic Arrangements:

____ Submit official transcript(s) to the Admissions Office

Must be an Official Transcript in a sealed envelope from your last educational institution(s).

____ Submit Course Preference Form

Your first semester of discussing the Great Books cannot begin until you have registered for classes! You will officially register during Orientation, but we ask that you fill out the course preference form in order to make your registration as quick as possible. If you have any questions, please contact registrar Jim Ulrich.

____ Review materials related to Academic Preparation and Evaluation

During Orientation, there will be two evaluations, a math diagnostic test and a writing evaluation. They are nothing to feel anxiety toward; there are no negative consequences based on your results. These tests are simply intended to gauge where you currently are academically.
Here is the math exam study packet will be available shortly. Look it over and practice the problems to the best of your ability. More information on the math diagnostic test and how to prepare for it can be found in this letter by Dean Stone.
The writing exam will be prefaced by a group discussion on Plato’s Euthyphro (PDF). Please read it (and the “Seminar Strategies” handout) ahead of time.


Financial Aid Requirements (if applicable)

____ Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required for any students seeking financial aid. Contact our Director of Financial Aid, Janet Henthorn, (312.235.3507 by phone or email at if you have any questions about this application, including uncertainty about whether or not you have completed it already.

____ Submit documentation of your independent external scholarships to Janet Henthorn in the Financial Aid Office at:

____ Apply for student loans at 


Student Accounts Requirements 

____ Review the Shimer College Tuition and Fee Schedule & Refund Schedule

         Shimer College Tuition and Fee Schedule for the 2016-2017 academic year


____ Finalize Student Account Financial Payment plans with the Business Office

 Our Bursar, Glendalyn Booker, can be reached at 312.235.3514 or                       

Information Technology Resources

____ Login to SonisWeb account to add Emergency Contacts

When you made your deposit, you should have received login information for from Janet Henthorn, Director of Financial Aid, in order to accept your award letter. If you have not received a login, please let us know. SonisWeb is used by you to check your grades, update contact information, and keep track of your schedule. Shimer also uses it to keep all your important forms in one place, track your credits, and submit grades.

To add emergency contacts, click the button on the top right section of the page with the label Emergency Contacts (the button itself looks like a plus sign and a telephone). Once you’re redirected, press the “Add New Contact” button. Enter the contact information (Name, Relationship, and Phone Number) and then click Submit. On the next page, click “Enter Contact Information.” Click “Update Existing Record” on the final page and then you’re done!

____ Sign into your new Shimer Gmail account

You should receive directions on how to login to your Shimer email via the email you provided the Admissions Office. Once logged in, change your password, make any customizations to your inbox, check out the calendar, and log back in regularly for important emails, updates, and bulletins. Checking your email will become particularly crucial once you begin classes. As email is the primary way you will be contacted by the professors and administrators, you will be responsible for timely replies. To help with this, consider adding your Shimer email and calendar to your mobile phone (when applicable) for quick access.

____ Join our New Student Facebook group!

This is a group only for new students, your Admissions Counselors, and Fall Orientation Staff. You can use this to ask questions, start discussions about what you’re reading, or get to know one another before you start your time here. We’ve invited you via your email addresses, but you can also join here. It’s a secret group. If you can’t access it or don’t have a facebook, let us know and we can work something out.


Other Registration Student Life Requirements

____ Complete Application for on-campus housing (Residential Students Only)

In many cases, traditional-aged, first year Shimer students choose to live on-campus in the residence halls of the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT).  A number of transfer students also choose to live on-campus.  If you have already indicated to your Admissions counselor that you are going to live on campus, below is information about living on-campus in IIT’s Residence Halls.

Residence Hall Living Information Link

 Read this information carefully as you consider what best meets your needs.

APPLY for 2016-2017 Illinois Institute of Technology on campus Housing Link   

2016-2017 Illinois Institute of Technology Room and Board Contract Terms Link

2016-2017 Illinois Institute of Technology Room Rate Sheet Link

2016-2017 Illinois Institute of Technology Board Rate (Meal Plan) Sheet Link 

Illinois Institute of Technology Residence Hall Move-In Dates: 


Spring semester move-in will begin at 9:00am on January 4, 2017.   

You will need your Shimer ID FIRST prior to moving into IIT’s Residence Halls. Shimer students can pick up their Shimer College ID on January 4, 2017, starting at 8:30am in the Access, Card, and Parking Services Office. This office is located at Hermann Hall {3241 South Federal Street, Room 201, Chicago, IL 60616} The Access, Card, and Parking Services Office phone number is 312.567.8968.

You can contact Samantha Bennett, the Director of Student Life at or 312.235.3511 for assistance.

Students needing to arrive later than 5pm on January 9, 2017 should complete the Late Arrival Form to avoid the cancellation of their contracts.  Students whose contract is cancelled due to no show may be responsible for associated fees and charges. 

 ____ Email us a Headshot photo

This picture will be used to make your CTA Ventra U-Pass (if applicable) as well as included with your online Shimer SonisWeb student account. It needs to be against a white or light background, with your face completely visible (think of it like going to the DMV, except you’re allowed to smile). It can be taken on a cell phone, as long as you can send it to us in .jpeg form, 100 kilobytes or smaller, and oriented as a portrait. When you send the photo, please be sure to include your full name in the subject line and email it to

____ Complete Immunization Forms with a physician and submit [link]

____ Provide verification of Health Insurance

Students are required by law to have health insurance. Please complete this Student Health Insurance Waiver Form AND send us a copy of both the front and back of your insurance card. 

____ Family Educational Rights and Privacy (FERPA) form [link] 

____ Photo and Press Release Form [link]