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Simpson College Admission Requirements

Indianola, Iowa

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Chances of getting into Simpson College

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
87%
Admission Difficulty for Simpson College
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Average 
Applicant Competition Very Low 
How hard is it to get into Simpson College and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at Simpson College is 87%.  It ranks #26 in Iowa for lowest rate of acceptance. Simpson College is an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission requirements. Last year, 1,126 out of 1,300 applicants were admitted.

The school has average admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 48 percent (SAT 1070/1200 ACT 20/26). Simpson College typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.72. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 26% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Simpson College. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 7% of students submitted SAT scores and 94% submitted ACT scores for admission for the 2021/2022 academic year..

Simpson College SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1070-1200
Applicants Submitting SAT 
7%
SAT Scores for Simpson College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 540
SAT Math 25th 530
SAT Composite 25th 1070
SAT Scores for Simpson College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 610
SAT Math 75th 590
SAT Composite 75th 1200
Average SAT Score 1140

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Simpson College typically prefers applicants to be in the top 47 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1070 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 1000. The average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1140 out of 1600. Simpson College ranks #9 in Iowa for highest average SAT composite score. 7 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Simpson College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1200 and Above Good >93%
1135 to 1200 Avg + 87%-93%
1070 to 1135 Avg - 78%-87%
1005 to 1070 Reach 65%-78%
Less than 1005 Low <65%
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Simpson College ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
20-26 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
94%
ACT Scores for Simpson College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 19
ACT Math 25th 18
ACT Composite 25th 20
ACT Scores for Simpson College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 25
ACT Math 75th 25
ACT Composite 75th 26
Average ACT Score 23

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 20 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 49 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 17 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 23 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 26 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #12 in Iowa for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 94 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Simpson College.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Simpson College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
26 and Above Good >93%
23 to 26 Avg + 87%-93%
20 to 23 Avg - 78%-87%
17 to 20 Reach 65%-78%
Less than 17 Low <65%
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Simpson College GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.72
Typical High School Grades 
A-

What GPA do you need to get into Simpson College?

Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into Simpson College. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Simpson College was 3.72 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #3 in Iowa for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.72 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Simpson College accepts 87% of all applicants.

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High School GPA's for admitted Simpson College students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 16.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 21.0% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 26.0% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 18.0% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 13.0% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 6.0% Low
2.00 to 2.49 0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

82% 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 18%
Top 25% of class 41%
Top 50% of class 82%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Simpson College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 710 590 1,300
Accepted 637 489 1,126
Acceptance Rate 90% 83% 87%
Enrolled 165 130 295
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 26% 27% 26%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Simpson College is $0. The school is free to apply to.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Simpson College and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Simpson College Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Considered but not required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor 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.

FAQs

Does Simpson College prefer SAT or ACT?

7% of students submit their SAT scores to Simpson College. 94% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Simpson College?

87% of those who apply are granted admission to Simpson College. Admission competition is and the college has average admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Simpson College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1070 and 1200. 7% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Simpson College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 20 and 26. 94% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.