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Simpson College

Indianola, Iowa

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Simpson College overview
Location Indianola, Iowa
Online simpson.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Distant Town
Religious Affiliation United Methodist
Simpson College overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Simpson College, established in 1860 and located in Indianola, Iowa, is a private liberal arts college situated approximately 12 miles south of Des Moines, offering a suburban atmosphere conducive to its educational environment. The institution upholds a historical affiliation with the United Methodist Church, while maintaining an ecumenical approach to learning and campus life. Simpson's campus showcases a blend of historic and modern architecture with a focus on sustainable and green living options, including residence halls for student housing. Academically, the college is recognized for its strong programs in Business Administration and Management, as well as in the liberal arts and sciences. Simpson's application process is moderately selective. While athletics are not the centerpiece of Simpson?s reputation, the college competes in the NCAA Division III, as the Simpson Storm, primarily in the American Rivers Conference.

In the most recent statistical year 1,569 prospective students applied, and 1,398 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 302 enrolled in the school.  1,078 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 73 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $44,202 plus fees of $906. Simpson College is ranked 412 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Simpson College is rated within the top 41% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 6 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Simpson College overview
SAT 890/1280
ACT 20/27
GPA 3.62

Applications Accepted

Simpson College overview
Applications Due Aug 15, 2024
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Simpson College
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,114
Other Fees$906
Room and Board $9,654
Budget for Other Expenses$3,270
Total One Year Cost$59,146

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$48,000 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

69% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Simpson College students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 22%
Education 11%
Social Sciences 8%
Liberal Arts and Humanities 7%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting 6%

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