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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    B-
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    B-
Simpson College is a private, Christian college located in Indianola, Iowa in the Des Moines Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,379 undergraduate students. The Simpson College acceptance rate is 85%. Popular majors include Business Administration and Management, Liberal Arts and Humanities, and Elementary Education. Graduating 63% of students, Simpson College alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $36,400.
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Address
701 North C Street
Indianola, IA 50125

Simpson College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
85%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
917-1235
ACT Range
21-27
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$23,374/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $20,386/ year
  • $30-48k
    $19,587/ year
  • $49-75k
    $21,424/ year
  • $76-110k
    $24,285/ year
  • $110k+
    $24,855/ year
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Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
13:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
92%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.13 responses
75%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.16 responses
63%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.16 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,379Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
6%
Pell Grant
27%
Varsity Athletes
41%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 14 responses
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  • Friendly
    50%
  • Artsy
    21%
  • Smart
    21%
  • Snobby
    7%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
96%
Poll
46%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.24 responses
Poll
58%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.31 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 11 responses
Report
  • Awesome
    36%
  • Supportive
    36%
  • Caring
    18%
  • ASPIRE program is great for employed students
    9%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$44,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
63%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
97%
National
83%
100%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.10 responses
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Simpson College Reviews

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Simpson has a very welcoming atmosphere throughout the campus, and it provides so many opportunities to try new things. Because it's a small liberal arts college, it's easier for everyone to be a part of a lot of different things. Because Simpson is a small liberal arts college, you have a stronger connection to professors, and they actually care about you. Indianola is a smaller town, but it's less than a half hour away from Des Moines so it's not isolated.
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Indianola is small and boring, there are RARELY parties and if there are they are outstandingly lame, the freshman dorms are pretty nice (I'm happy with mine anyways), there are only 3 dining options, the campus is really small so walking to class is no problem at all but i see the same 20 strangers every single day so it feels like i pretty much know everyone on campus. The price is astronomical. I like my professors, they are very helpful and they know what they are doing. The football team sucks and spirit isn't very high. Greek life is prevalent but not super important. The students mostly consist of girls, gays, and boys who play football - theater is huge here.
Something that has been extremely important about Simpson College is that this institution accepts you as you are and wants to encourage you to earn the degree you desire. There is a close relationship between faculty and students, though the administration is lacking in communication with everyone on campus.