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Shimer Great Books School Events


All campus visits are currently suspended in response to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. We anticipate offering visit opportunities again mid-May and encourage you to check back with us. For more information on the College's response to COVID-19, please find campus updates and a helpful FAQ section at info.northcentralcollege.edu.


Experience the Shimer Great Books School through a variety of visit options. Attend fascinating seminars, compete in the annual Montaigne Scholarship Competition or schedule an individualized campus visit to observe a class, learn from our faculty and meet current students.

Day-Time Individualized Campus Visit


Individualized campus visits during the day are open to freshman and transfer students. These visits include a meeting with an Admission Counselor and/or a walking tour of campus with a current student tour guide. Transfer students will receive an unofficial evaluation of transfer credit if transcripts are provided.

If you are interested in meeting with a Shimer faculty member or observing a class, we request 4-5 business days notice.

Shimer class
Shimer Class

Friday, November 15, 2019

Shimer reading material

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Shimer class

Monday, February 17, 2020

Shimer class

Friday, March 13, 2020

Join the Conversation!


Do you like to read - and have intelligent conversation with fellow readers? Is every new book a chance to dig into questions that really matter? If so, the Shimer Great Books School at North Central College may be the perfect place for you. We want to help open the door. The Montaigne Scholarship provides substantial tuition relief for students seeking to join the Shimer Great Books School at North Central College. It also offers a taste of what students do in the Shimer School, where we read, discuss and write about the “best that has been thought and said in the world.”

Shimer class

For the Montaigne Scholarship Event, Students Will:


  1. Read an essay by Michel de Montaigne

  2. Write an original response

  3. Participate in a seminar discussion with peers

We think of the Shimer School as part of a “Great Conversation.” The Montaigne Scholarship Event is our invitation to join that conversation and carry it on with all of us in the Shimer School.

Shimer discussion

Additional Information


For more information and to register for this scholarship competition, please visit the event page and contact our scholarship coordinators. Prospective freshman students should contact Laura Kendall Zimmermann at lmkendallzimmermann@noctrl.edu, and prospective transfer students should contact McKenna Herbst at mjherbst@noctrl.edu.

Shimer students