Simpson College


Highest Degree Offered: Masters

College Type: Private

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Academic Calendar: Four-one-four

State: Iowa


Simpson College is a private liberal arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The 75-acre campus sits in the center of Indianola, Iowa, a small city of about 15,000 people. Downtown Des Moines is just 12 miles to the north, and many Simpson College students take advantage of the city to gain hands-on experiences in their fields of study. Business has the highest enrollment of all undergraduate majors, and academics at Simpson are supported by a 14 to 1 student / faculty ratio. The college frequently ranks well among Midwest colleges for both the strength of its programs and its value. Students are highly involved in the college's clubs, organizations, fraternities and sororities. On the athletic front, the Simpson College "Storm" compete in the NCAA Division III Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC). The college fields nine men's and nine women's intercollegiate sports and has won numerous IIAC championships.

Most Popular Majors

Accounting, Biology, Business Administration, Communication Studies, Criminal Justice, Psychology

Student/Faculty Numbers

Total Students: 2018
Total Grad Students: 39
Undergraduate Students: 1979
Faculty: 97

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 21:1
Undergraduate Student/Faculty Ratio: 20:1

Percent Male: 44%
Percent Female: 56%

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Graduation and Retention Information

Four-Year Graduation Rate: 64%

Six-Year Graduation Rate: 68%

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Graduation and Retention Data From: Spring 2010

Contact Information

701 North C St
Indianola Iowa 50125


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Main Phone: 515-961-6251

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Standardized Testing

ACT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Composite 21 26
English 20 26
Math 20 26
SAT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
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Freshmen Percentage Accepted: 85%

Difference Between Transfer and Freshmen Acceptance Rates: -85%

Admissions Data From: Fall 2010


Books: 900

Other Expenses: 2000

Room and Board: 7963

Tuition and Fees: 28123

Total Cost: 38986

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Costs Data From: 2011-12

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Average Amount of Aid – Grants:

Average Amount of Aid – Loans: 7480

Percent of New Students Receiving Aid: 100%

Percent of New Students Receiving Grants: 100%

Percent of New Students Receiving Loans: 83%

Financial Aid Data From: Fall 2010

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