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University Partnership: Shimer College
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City Year is proud to partner with Shimer College, a small independent four-year liberal arts college located just minutes from downtown Chicago, offering 30% tuition scholarships.


Shimer College is a small independent four-year liberal arts college located just minutes from downtown Chicago. Our students develop their capacity for critical thought and interpersonal communication through careful reading of the Great Books, which sustain a life-long passion for learning. With small classes, a full-time teaching faculty, and great books, Shimer offers a rare and enduring educational experience.

Benefits offered by Shimer College

Scholarship Amount 30% off tuition
Number of Scholarships Awarded Annually 10
Application Fee Waiver Yes
Enrollment Deferral One-year deferral 

Eligibility and Additional Information

  • 30% Tuition Scholarship. The award will be equal to 30% of tuition for up to 10 admitted City Year corps, alumni and staff members per year.
  • Scholarships applicable to undergraduate programs and renewable for up to 4 years.
  • Scholarships awarded to City Year alumni for at least one year of service and City Year staff members employed for at least two years.
  • Application fee will be waived for all City Year corps members, alumni, or staff.
  • A one-year deferral for students admitted to the program who decide to serve additional time with City Year before starting with Shimer College.
  • Applicants will be considered for additional merit-based awards depending on the strength of their application.

To Apply

Shimer admits students for both the fall and spring semesters. Students are usually informed of admission decisions within one week of completion of all admission requirements.

To Identify and Verify Your City Year Affiliation

  • To be considered for the Shimer College give a year Scholarship please contact the admissions office at or 312-235-3555 and reference our partnership.

  • City Year verification: To get the application fee waived and to be considered for the scholarship, a service verification letter must be requested by emailing with "Shimer College: City Year verification letter request” in the subject line. Within the email, include the site where you served and your corps graduation month and year. This letter will be sent electronically by City Year to Admissions Office and added to your applicant file.

To Contact the Admissions Office

Please contact Bridget Anderson, by emailing or calling 312-235-3505.

Please note that all admissions and scholarship decisions are made by the educational institution. Corps members, alumni and staff interested in these scholarships must complete the full application process for the institution. Please pay close attention to deadlines, and consider beginning work on your applications early in the year.


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