on two factors: the particular degree program in which the student is enrolled at Shimer, and the appropriateness of the transfer courses to the requirements of the degree program. Only courses for which a grade of “C” or better has been received may be transferred. To assure transfer credits, transcripts must be submitted prior to admission to the College.
Does the college permit individuals to audit courses? Yes. Upon approval of the Dean of the College and the course instructor, any individual may audit any Shimer course. Any regularly enrolled full-time student may audit a single course during the semester free of charge. Auditors may request that the credit fee be adjusted, according to documentation of need. Auditors are admitted on a space-only basis.
Does the college offer a senior program?
Yes. Upon approval of the Dean of the College, Shimer College offers a special financial rate for mature citizens and persons on a fixed income. The Senior Audit Option is available for both the Weekday and Weekend Programs. Requirements for this special rate are that students be over 60 years of age and document their financial need. Courses are available on a space-only basis, and are of noncredit “audit” status. Students may purchase their books at the regular rate, or borrow the books from the College and return them at the end of the semester. For those attending the Weekend Program, meals and accommodations are charged at the regular rate.
Can I still register for a class even though I was not accepted by the college?
Yes. The status of Special Student is applied to non-matriculating students registered for Shimer College courses. To obtain such status, one must apply to the Dean of the College. No Special Student may register for more than ten credit hours in any one semester. Students may not register for more than a total of thirty credit hours as special students. Such status shall be granted for a period of one semester; students who wish to continue this status must reapply each semester.
I have no proof of academic achievement. Is there any way I can still apply?
Yes. Shimer will accept a limited number of students on a threshold basis. Threshold students often lack specific evidence of academic achievement, but are able to convince the Admission Committee of their commitment and potential. These students receive special guidance and have an advised registration during their first semester. Continuation after one semester is dependent upon the work these students do to meet the special conditions of their threshold admission.
Is the college accredited?
Yes. Shimer is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), a part of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). The Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1413, 800.621.7440, email@example.com.