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Simpson College

  • Indianola, IA
    location
  • Private
    type
  • Suburban
    setting
  • 56%44%
    student ratio
  • 1,712
    total students
  • $30,423 | $30,423
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • August 15
    fall application deadline
  • 88%
    acceptance rate
  • Moderately Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • Not
    Reported

    sat math
  • Not
    Reported

    sat reading
  • Not
    Reported

    sat writing
  • 25
    act composite

Overview

Simpson College Offers Interactive Academics, Diverse Activities, and a Historic, yet Modern Campus

Since 1860, Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, has been cultivating the intellectual spirit of thousands of students, and continues to do so today. As the college nears the celebration of its 150th anniversary, its history - steeped in rich tradition - is all the more evident.

At Simpson College, students have their choice of more than 50 majors, minors, and pre-professional programs. Simpson offers small class sizes, which means students interact daily with professors who know them personally. Professors at Simpson are passionate educators who are dedicated to the success of their students, yet their interests are as varied as their fields of study. They do everything from competitive cycling, acting as a political analyst for a metro news station, and playing in rock bands to teaching music in Africa, acting in community theatre, and publishing books and articles.

One of the signatures of a Simpson College education is the abundance and diversity of extracurricular activities. Students not only develop academically, but also have the chance to play on championship athletic teams, become class senators, contribute to the 40,000 hours the Simpson College community volunteers each year, write for the nationally recognized student newspaper, perform in an opera, hit the airwaves on KSTM campus radio, or get fit playing intramural sports. With over 100 organizations on the college's Indianola campus, there is something for everyone.

Beyond the extraordinary opportunities, Simpson College offers a stunning physical setting to call home. The 85-acre tree-lined campus boasts historic brick buildings, winding sidewalks, and plenty of open space. At the same time, the Iowa school offers all the modern day conveniences students are looking for. The campus is 100 percent wireless and the variety of housing options (residence halls, suites, apartments, theme houses, and Greek houses) offer air conditioning, study areas, computer labs, laundry facilities, cable, vending machines, and common areas.

Experience Small Town Comfort and Big City Opportunities at the Indianola, Iowa, Campus of Simpson College

Located in Indianola, Iowa, only 12 miles south of Iowa's capital city, Des Moines (population 500,000), Simpson College offers the comfort of a small town mixed with all of the exciting opportunities of city life. In just minutes, students can be in the heart of some of the best entertainment and employment options in the Midwest.

With more than 4,000 businesses in the Des Moines metro area, Simpson students have the option of interning with Fortune 500 companies, volunteering for non-profit organizations, or doing research at world-renowned facilities like Great Ape Trust of Iowa. More than 70 percent of Simpson graduates take advantage of the college's incredible location and complete at least one internship in their four years.

Starting in students' freshman year and continuing beyond graduation, Simpson College's Office of Career Services assists students in exploring the right careers for them and helps them make those careers a reality. The office assists students with identifying career options, acquiring internships, resume writing, and preparing for job interviews. In today's competitive job market, Simpson College graduates have a distinct advantage - professional experience and a highly respected degree.

Indianola's proximity to Iowa's capital city also gives students the chance to explore the fun side of city life. Taking in a baseball game, shopping at the trendy East Village or the two-million-square-foot Jordan Creek Town Center, attending concerts and Broadway musicals, or just checking out one of the many cultural attractions the city has to offer - students have no shortage of opportunities. There's a reason "Kiplinger's Personal Finance" magazine named Des Moines one of the top ten cities in the country to live and work.

Students Expand Their Horizons at Simpson College with a Variety of Study Abroad Options

A Simpson College education offers students a wide selection of learning situations - and those opportunities extend beyond the classroom. Study abroad at Simpson is an opportunity for students to travel outside of Indianola, the Midwest, and the United States; expand their horizons; and discover the world.

Today's employers are looking for people who have a global perspective and direct experience with other cultures, and Simpson makes it easy to study abroad. In fact, Simpson College ranks in the top 100 colleges in the nation for the highest percentage of students studying abroad. The Iowa school excels because it offers many different options to countries throughout the world. It's up to students to decide which adventure they'd like to take! Simpson College offers several semester-long study abroad programs that allow students to learn with fellow Simpson students under the guidance of a Simpson faculty member.

Students can live and learn in one of the world's greatest historic, cultural, political, and economic centers in London, England; be immersed in German culture while enjoying the benefits of a larger metropolitan area in Schorndorf, Germany; take in the splendor of the Iguazu Falls, Perito Moreno Glacier, Andes Mountains, and the charming capital city of Buenos Aires as they explore Rosario, Argentina; learn about Thai culture, volunteer at an orphanage, or ride bareback on an Asian elephant in Nakorn Pathom, Thailand; or live in the sunny South Pacific on a tropical island while taking classes in English at the University of French Polynesia in Tahiti.

In addition, Simpson College offers an extensive study abroad program through its three-week May term. Simpson's international May term trips have taken students from Indianola to nearly every continent including such countries as New Zealand, China, Madagascar, France, Namibia, Costa Rica, Brazil, Greece, and Ghana.


Location & Contact

701 North C Street
Indianola, IA 50125-1297
USA

Deborah Tierney

Vice President for Enrollment

Phone: 515-961-1624
Fax: 515-961-1870
Email: admiss@simpson.edu

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biochemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Accounting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Actuarial Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Business/Trade/Commerce
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marketing/Marketing Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Communication
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Journalism Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer and Information Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Computer Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Art Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Elementary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Secondary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Engineering
    • Pre-Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • French
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • German
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Athletic Training
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pre-Dentistry Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pre-Medical Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pre-Nursing Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pre-Optometry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pre-Pharmacy Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pre-Physical Therapy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pre-Veterinary Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting, and protective services
    • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Forensic Science and Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • Interdisciplinary Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Law/legal studies
    • Pre-Law Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Parks and recreation
    • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sport And Fitness Administration/Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Applied and Professional Ethics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Religious Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Relations and Affairs
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Theology and religious vocations
    • Pre-Theology/Pre-Ministerial Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Art
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fine/Studio Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Graphic Design
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Performance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

88% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied1,302
    • Accepted1,146
    • Acceptance Rate88%
    • Enrolled1,712
    • Female Applicants714
    • Females Accepted658
    • Female Acceptance Rate92%
    • Male Applicants588
    • Males Accepted488
    • Male Acceptance Rate82%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Transcript of high school record
      online or paper application, guidance counselor recommendation form
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen August 15th Yes
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer August 15th Yes
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading
    • SAT Math
    • SAT Writing
    • ACT Composite 25 21 27
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$30,423
    • Out-of-state tuition *$30,423
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$576.00
    • Room and board *$7,963.00
    • Room only *$3,860.00
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionChildren of Alumni, Employees or children of employees, Senior Citizens

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students1,712
    • Male Student Percentage44%
    • Female Student Percentage56%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino1.99%
    • Black or African American2.04%
    • White or Caucasian87.44%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.82%
    • Asian.93%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific IslanderNot Reported
    • Two or more races1.81%
    • Unknown3.86%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout1.11% representing 10 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students14% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements None
    • Housing options Coed housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 86%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center Yes
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities Yes
    • Greek sororities Yes
    • Local fraternities Yes
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Religious Life Community, Campus Activities Board, Student Government Association, Residence Hall Association, intramurals
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Yes
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other Safe (Simpson Alert for Emergencies) Students and staff/faculty will receive phone calls in case of campus emergency, including weather

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division III
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Badminton Yes No No
    • Baseball No Division 3 No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Bowling Yes No No
    • Cheerleading No Division 3 No
    • Cross-country running No Division 3 No
    • Football Yes Division 3 No
    • Golf Yes Division 3 No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rugy Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 3 No
    • Softball Yes No No
    • Swimming Yes Division 3 No
    • Tennis Yes Division 3 No
    • Tennis Yes No No
    • Track No Division 3 No
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes No No
    • Wrestling No Division 3 No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Badminton Yes No No
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Bowling Yes No No
    • Cheerleading No Division 3 No
    • Cross-country running No Division 3 No
    • Football Yes No No
    • Golf Yes Division 3 No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rugy No No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 3 No
    • Softball Yes Division 3 No
    • Swimming Yes Division 3 No
    • Tennis Yes Division 3 No
    • Tennis Yes No No
    • Track No Division 3 No
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 3 No
    • Wrestling No No No

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty207
    • Full-time Percentage50%
    • Part-time Percentage50%
    • Female Percentage43%
    • Male Percentage57%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio11:1 or 1,561 students to 138 faculty


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