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Simpson College

Indianola, IA

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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. At Simpson College, students have their choice of more than 80 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. 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 or theatre production, or get fit playing intramural sports. With over 75 organizations 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 conveniences students are looking for: a variety of housing options (residence halls, suites, apartments, theme houses, and Greek houses) which offer air conditioning, study areas, free laundry facilities, and common areas.

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 (population 16,000), 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.  Indianola is a charming community with a downtown square a few blocks from campus.  Students will find restaurants, shops and a movie theatre all within walking distance.  Indianola is also home to great bike and hiking trails, Lake Ahquabi State Park and Des Moines Metro Opera. With Des Moines just minutes away, students can explore some of the best entertainment and employment options in the Midwest.  More than 80 percent of Simpson students take advantage of the college's incredible location and complete at least one internship program, or complete rigorous research or service-learning during their undergraduate experience. Beginning their first year on campus and continuing throughout their years at Simpson, students work with the Office of Career Development to explore careers, acquire internships, write resumes and prepare 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 Forbes named Des Moines as a top place for young professionals and Fortune ranked the city as the number one up and coming downtown in the country.

Students Expand Their Horizons through Innovative Learning Opportunities

Simpson takes immense pride in our innovative learning approach. Students engage in learning beyond the walls of the classroom.  Through unique clubs, student organizations, civic groups and research—faculty encourage students to bring learning to life by applying their skills in real-world settings. Students take advantage of opportunities like speech, debate and mock trial, the Iowa History Center, our entrepreneurial organization EMERGE, math modeling, undergraduate research, or participation in political discourse through the John C. Culver Public Policy Center. The “Simpson Experience Abroad” program gives students the opportunity to spend a semester studying abroad with Simpson faculty. Destinations include Australia, Chile, England, Tahiti and Thailand. In addition, Simpson offers an extensive study abroad program through its three-week May term. Simpson’s international May term trips have taken students to nearly every continent including such countries as New Zealand, China, Madagascar, France, Namibia, Costa Rica, Brazil, Greece and Ghana. 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.

Location & Contact

Address 701 North C Street
Indianola, IA  50125-1297
United States
Contact Phone: 515-961-6251

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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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Admissions

Acceptance Rate

1,611
Applied
1,297
Accepted
1,305
Enrolled
81%
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Female Admissions

833
Females Applied
700
Females Accepted
84%
Acceptance Rate
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Male Admissions

778
Males Applied
597
Males Accepted
77%
Acceptance Rate

Applying

0
Application Fee
3.71
Avg. high school GPA for freshman
Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
Other requirements exist (see below)
Recommended A minimum high school GPA of 3
Interview
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
SAT Critical Reading 500 640
SAT Math 530 610
ACT Composite 23 19 25

Tuition & Fees

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Tuition

41,466
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Fees

780
Full-time student fees
9,282
Room & board
4,500
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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
Employees
Alumni

Financial Aid

34,223
Avg. Financial Aid Package
38,637
Avg. Freshman Financial Aid Package
30,910
Avg. International Student Financial Aid Package
4,406
Avg. Loan Aid
23,661
Avg. Grant Aid
29,188
Avg. Scholarship and/or Grant Aid awarded
100% Percentage of students with need who receive financial aid
82%
Avg. Percentage of Financial Need Met
21%
Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met

Student Body

1,305
Total Undergrad students
1%
International Students
19%
Out-of-state students

Race/Ethnicity

Hispanic/Latino 6.51%
Black or African American 3.14%
White or Caucasian 79.54%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.23%
Asian 1.53%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.08%
Two or more races 3.75%
Other 3.98%

Gender

Male (47.05%)
Female (52.95%)

Campus Life

Housing

Type
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

Athletics

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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

Faculty

185
Total Faculty
11:1
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 91
Part-time - 94
Male - 81
Female - 84
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