Shimer College is an American liberal arts college. Founded in 1853 as the Mt. Carroll Seminary in Mount Carroll, Illinois, it was renamed Shimer College in 1950. The college left left Mount Carroll for Waukegan in 1978 and moved to Chicago in 2006.
The college was founded in 1853 as a non-denominational all-girls seminary. In the early 1960s, Shimer gained national attention with a Time magazine article about the school highlighting its reputation as a counterculture mecca. Mounting debts and bankruptcy forced the college to leave its Mount Carroll campus and move to Waukegan, Illinois in the winter of 1978-79. In 2006, Shimer College moved to the Illinois Institute of Technology campus in Chicago.
In September 1966, Begins began teaching in Mt. Carroll as member of Humanities faculty. Bellairs arrived during a time of change at the tiny campus that pitted the administration against the faculty, making for tense times during the 1966-67 school year. Bellairs didn't waste any time making a decision about his future and submitted his resignation that November to leave the following spring.