Shimer College is a Great Books school, located in Chicago, Illinois. It is named for Frances Wood Shimer, who served as president of the college through the 19th century. She and her companion Cinderella Gregory founded the school as the Mount Carroll Seminary, in Mt. Carroll, Illinois, in 1853. Through its connection to the University of Chicago, the college adopted the Great Books program of Robert Maynard Hutchins in the 1950s.
The College moved to Waukegan, Illinois in 1979, and then to Chicago in 2006. Its enrollment now stands at approximately 110 students.