Shimer College Finishes Move to Illinois Inst. of Technology Campus

October 09, 2006

Shimer College, a tiny liberal-arts college whose curriculum is based on a “great books” approach and Western intellectualism, has completed moving its undergraduate programs to Chicago.

The college, formerly located in Waukegan, Ill., a northern suburb of Chicago, is now in leased space on the Illinois Institute of Technology’s campus. Shimer announced in January that it would relocate, with the hope that being in Chicago would expose the 110-student college to a larger applicant pool (The Chronicle, February 3).

At its new location, Shimer students will have access to the institute’s dormitories, cafeteria, libraries, athletics facilities, and clinics as well as all of Chicago’s cultural attractions.

The college will continue to operate its Graduate Program for Teachers and its Home School Science Lab Program from its Waukegan Campus. Shimer will maintain its own identity, officials said.

Shimer, founded in 1853, was originally located in Mount Carroll, Ill., about 150 miles from Chicago.