Shimer College: Narrative Description

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PO Box 500
Waukegan, IL 60079-0500
Tel: (847)623-8400; 800-215-7173; Admissions: (847)249-7173; Fax: (847)249-7171; Web Site:

Description: Independent, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1853. Setting: 3-acre suburban campus with easy access to Chicago and Milwaukee. Total enrollment: 138. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 8:1. 59 applied, 88% were admitted. 25% from top quarter of their high school class, 38% from top half. Full-time: 114 students, 33% women, 67% men. Part-time: 12 students, 33% women, 67% men. Students come from 20 states and territories, 4 other countries, 42% from out-of-state, 0% Native American, 0% Hispanic, 12% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 4% international, 32% 25 or older, 50% live on campus, 12% transferred in. Retention: 66% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: liberal arts/general studies; social sciences and history; physical sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters. Self-designed majors, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at Barat College, Northwestern University. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements: Open admission. Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, 1 recommendation, interview. Recommended: SAT I or ACT. Required for some: SAT I or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 8/30. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $19,530 includes full-time tuition ($16,100), mandatory fees ($650), and college room and board ($2780). Full-time tuition and fees vary according to class time and course load. Room and board charges vary according to housing facility. Part-time tuition: $575 per credit hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $250 per term. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to class time and course load.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 8 open to all. Most popular organizations: student government, Drama Group, Quality of Life Committee. Major annual events: Orange Horse, Solidarity Night, Commencement. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices, late night transport-escort service. 55 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2002-03. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Option: coed housing available. 200,000 books and 200 serials. 9 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: Waukegan (population 70,000) is the county seat of Lake County on Lake Michigan. Excellent public transportation is available to Chicago. Students enjoy all the usual services of a small city, including a nearby state park.