Shimer College: the worst school in America?

The thing is, in the hours after the rankings were published in October, something unexpected happened. Whilst almost nobody stepped forward in defense of the other colleges on the list, Shimer fans began vociferously attacking its inclusion. One graduate wrote that it’s ‘a totally unique snowflake, and comparing it to other schools is next to impossible’. He added that he wouldn’t take his time there back ‘for all the money in the world. Looking back, I’d go into even more debt to make sure it happened.’ Another called it ‘an eccentric little school that appeals to few; but for those few, it evidently serves as a valuable and stimulating harbor.’