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Indianola, Iowa

Simpson College Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into Simpson College

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
83.9%
Admission Difficulty for Simpson College
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsChallenging
Applicant CompetitionVery Low

How hard is it to get into Simpson College and can I get accepted? The school has a 84% acceptance rate ranking it #26 in Iowa for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 1,044 out of 1,245 applicants were admitted making Simpson College an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance assuming you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has challenging requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 38 percent. Simpson College typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 29% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top half of their high school class.

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Simpson College SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1140-1290
Applicants Submitting SAT
7%
SAT Scores for Simpson College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 580
SAT Math 25th 560
SAT Composite 25th 1140
SAT Scores for Simpson College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 680
SAT Math 75th 610
SAT Composite 75th 1290
Average SAT Score 1220

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Simpson College?

Simpson College typically requires applicants to be in the top 34 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1140 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1060. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1220 out of 1600. The school ranks #10 in Iowa for highest average SAT composite score. 7 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Simpson College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1290 and Above Good >90%
1215 to 1290 Avg + 84%-90%
1140 to 1215 Avg - 76%-84%
1065 to 1140 Reach 64%-76%
Less than 1065 Low <64%
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Simpson College ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
21-27 
Applicants Submitting ACT
97%
ACT Scores for Simpson College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 19
ACT Math 25th 20
ACT Composite 25th 21
ACT Scores for Simpson College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 26
ACT Math 75th 27
ACT Composite 75th 27
Average ACT Score 24

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Simpson College?

Admission data indicates that Simpson College regularly accepts students with ACT's of 21 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 43 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 18 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 24 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 27 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #10 in Iowa for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 97 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Simpson College.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Simpson College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
27 and Above Good >90%
24 to 27 Avg + 84%-90%
21 to 24 Avg - 76%-84%
18 to 21 Reach 64%-76%
Less than 18 Low <64%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.46*
Typical High School Grades
B+

You will need above average high school grades to get into Simpson College. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Simpson College was 3.46 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #13 in Iowa for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.46 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Simpson College accepts 84% of all applicants.

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High School Class Rank

87% of Simpson College freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Simpson College students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 23%
Top 25% of class 50%
Top 50% of class 87%
Bottom 50% of class 13%
Bottom 25% of class 1%

Admission Statistics

Simpson College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 565 680 1,245
Accepted 510 534 1,044
Acceptance Rate 90% 79% 84%
Enrolled 143 155 298
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 28% 29% 29%

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Simpson College and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Simpson College Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Simpson College
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=154350 IPEDS survey data for Simpson College.