|Institution Type:||Private not-for-profit|
|Campus Setting:||Large city|
|Highest Degree Offered:||Bachelor's|
|Level of Institution:||Four or more years|
Shimer College provides and preserves education centered on discussion of enduring questions and issues. Historically influential original sources are studied through Socratic questioning, in small seminar classes and following the kind of Great Books curriculum advocated by Robert Maynard Hutchins. The core values informing education at Shimer are free inquiry, dialog, critical open-mindedness, and integration of disciplines. The College offers all members of its community the opportunity to participate meaningfully in deciding the future of the institution. A Shimer education demands much of both the intellect and the character of students, and prepares them for responsible citizenship and the examined life.
There is a bit of pretentiousness at Shimer, which is kind of to be expected when it is a great books school, but still hard to deal with. The education here is amazing. The books you will read are incredible and the conversations you will have are intense and usually in a good way. People, on the other hand, tend to be cold until you establish yourself as a potential Shimer graduate, because the drop out rate is abnormally high. Both of these trends, unfortunately, feed each other, which makes the social situation rough.Read More