Simpson College

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701 North C Street

Indianola, IA 50125

Phone: (515) 961-6251
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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#154 Overall Score: 43 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Simpson College is a private institution that was founded in 1860. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,844, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 80 acres. Simpson College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 154. Its tuition and fees are $30,999 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Simpson College is dedicated to your success, however you define it. Since its founding in 1860, the college has guided students to the next stage in their lives, be that a successful career, graduate school or serving others. You are not simply a student here, you are a partner, and every aspect of campus life is designed to help you achieve your goals.

The beautiful, tree-lined campus is ideally located in Indianola, Iowa. The setting is intimate enough to offer a personalized education, but close enough to the Des Moines metropolitan area to take advantage of the internship and career opportunities there. The 1,500 students benefit from a student to faculty ratio of 12:1. More than 90 percent of Simpson faculty hold the highest degree in their field, but they also are dedicated to nurturing each student's growth. They work side by side with students and promote hands-on learning, equipping students with the skills demanded by today's employers and graduate schools. This personalized attention by experts in their field is an added value of a Simpson education. And the college prides itself on helping undecided students find a major or life direction.

Simpson offers 75 majors and minors, highlighted by a leading-edge curriculum that is gaining national attention. As part of this, students take advantage of community partnerships, hold internships, study abroad and conduct independent research. The goal is to produce graduates fully prepared to meet the demands of today's highly competitive world. We encourage this in a number of ways.

We have such strong and longstanding business partnerships that we can guarantee an internship to qualified students. The popular 4-4-1 academic calendar allows students a three-week May term to participate in an intensive field experience/internship, or study abroad, or take a course on campus. Simpson's "SC in 3" program allows high school students entering college with 24 or more college credits to finish a Simpson degree in three years, another added value.

Campus life is robust and engaged. There are more than 75 clubs and organizations. Simpson's athletic teams compete in NCAA Division III. The music, theatre and arts programs are nationally acclaimed, and participation is open to all students, not just majors. Serving others is part of Simpson's DNA. Newsweek magazine ranked Simpson as one of the nation's top 25 service-minded colleges.

Simpson College is filled with student success stories. Let us help you find yours!

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1860
Religious affiliation United Methodist
Academic calendar 4-4-1
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $69,166,031


When applying to Simpson College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due July 1. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 88.7 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 88.7%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by July 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Simpson College is 12:1, and the school has 69.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Simpson College include: Business/Commerce, General; Elementary Education and Teaching; Accounting; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; and Psychology, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 81 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 59%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business/Commerce, General 13%
Elementary Education and Teaching 8%
Accounting 7%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 7%
Psychology, General 6%

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Student Life

Simpson College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,844, with a gender distribution of 46.1 percent male students and 53.9 percent female students. At this school, 87 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 13 percent of students live off campus. Simpson College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,897
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Simpson College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, health service, and health insurance. Simpson College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Simpson College, 85 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Simpson College.

Students who have cars on campus 85%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Simpson College, 84.8 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $18,784.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

Tuition and fees $30,999 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,963 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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