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Simpson College

Indianola, IA


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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

Address 701 North C Street
Indianola, IA  50125-1297
United States
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Majors & Degrees

Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Communication, Journalism And Related Programs Associate Bachelors
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Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Education Associate Bachelors
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Engineering Associate Bachelors
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English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
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Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics Associate Bachelors
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Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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History Associate Bachelors
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Legal Professions And Studies Associate Bachelors
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Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
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Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Associate Bachelors
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Natural Resources And Conservation Associate Bachelors
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Parks, Recreation, Leisure And Fitness Studies Associate Bachelors
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Philosophy And Religious Studies Associate Bachelors
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Physical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Psychology Associate Bachelors
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Public Administration And Social Service Professions Associate Bachelors
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Security And Protective Services Associate Bachelors
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Social Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Theology And Religious Vocations Associate Bachelors
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Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
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Application Fee
Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
Other requirements exist (see below)
Recommended A minimum high school GPA of 3
Other requirements: Guidance counselor recommendation form

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Fall freshmen August 15th Not reported Yes
Other early decision plan Not reported Not reported
Transfer August 15th Not reported Yes

Test Scores Accepted

Test Avg. Score 25th % Info icon 75th % Info icon
ACT Composite 24 21 27

Tuition & Fees

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Full-time student fees
Room & board
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Other Payment Considerations

Guaranteed tuition plan offered No
Tuition pre-payment plan No
Tuition payment plans offered Yes
Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuition Senior Citizens

Financial Aid

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100% Percentage of students with need who receive financial aid
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Student Body

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Hispanic/Latino 3.91%
Black or African American 2.23%
White or Caucasian 82.75%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.14%
Asian 1.96%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.21%
Two or more races 1.89%
Other 5.8%


Male (45.53%)
Female (54.47%)

Campus Life


College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements Yes
Housing options Co-ed housing
Men-only housing
Women-only housing
Freshman car parking
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 77%

Student Activities

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Campus events:
Homecoming Week, Campus Day (campus beautification/volunteer service day) and Back to School Stand-Around

Student Services

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More services
Carver Cultural Center

Student Organizations

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Most popular organizations:
Religious Life Community, Campus Activities Board, Student Government Association, Residence Hall Association and intramurals

Campus Security & Safety

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Other Campus Security & Safety:
SAFE (Simpson Alert for Emergencies) provides phone calls in case of campus security/weather emergencies


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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Badminton Checkmark No No
Baseball No Division 3 No
Basketball Checkmark Division 3 No
Bowling Checkmark No No
Cheerleading No Division 3 No
Cross-country Running No Division 3 No
Football Checkmark Division 3 No
Golf Checkmark Division 3 No
Racquetball Checkmark No No
Rugby Checkmark No No
Soccer Checkmark Division 3 No
Softball Checkmark No No
Swimming And Diving Checkmark Division 3 No
Table Tennis Checkmark No No
Tennis Checkmark Division 3 No
Track And Field No Division 3 No
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark No No
Volleyball Checkmark No No
Wrestling No Division 3 No
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Badminton Checkmark No No
Baseball No No No
Basketball Checkmark Division 3 No
Bowling Checkmark No No
Cheerleading No Division 3 No
Cross-country Running No Division 3 No
Football Checkmark No No
Golf Checkmark Division 3 No
Racquetball Checkmark No No
Rugby Checkmark No No
Soccer Checkmark Division 3 No
Softball Checkmark Division 3 No
Swimming And Diving Checkmark Division 3 No
Table Tennis Checkmark No No
Tennis Checkmark Division 3 No
Track And Field No Division 3 No
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark No No
Volleyball Checkmark Division 3 No
Wrestling No No No


Total Faculty
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 104
Part-time - 90
Male - 103
Female - 91
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