Simpson College

Simpson College

Simpson College, established in 1860, was named after the Methodist minister, Matthew Simpson. The college, which is a four-year, liberal arts educational institution affiliated with the United Methodist Church, is siutated on 85 acres of land in Indianola, Iowa. In addition to this campus, the institution maintains classroom facilities in West Des Moines and Ankeny.

Simpson College offers academic programs in a number of subjects with more than 40 majors, minors and pre-professional programs from wihch to choose. The students, in their first semester, are placed in a Liberal Arts Seminar also called LAS which helps them to adjust to campus life and academic work.

Nicknamed the Storm, the Simpson College's athletics teams compete in Division III of the NCAA. The students participate in sports such as basketball, baseball, and swimming. Various dance squads and cheerleading teams are also supported by the college.

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Simpson College
701 North C St
Indianola , IA 50125
General Phone: (515) 961-6251

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Simpson College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management111business, accounting, international business, marketing studies
Liberal Arts69German language, French language, Spanish language, English, liberal arts and sciences, social services, economics, international relations, political science, ...
Media43communication studies, journalism courses
Science35biology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy21sports and fitness management, health and fitness, athletic trainer
Security and Law Enforcement20criminal justice and safety
Education and Teaching18elementary school teaching, teacher ed, music teaching, physical education teaching
Therapy and Counseling18psychology
Music12music, music performance
Computer Science and Engineering9computer and info science, computer science
Religion and Philosophy9philosophy, religion
Art Studies8art studies
Conservation and Resource Management6environmental science
Drama and Performing Arts3drama

Number of programs and degrees for Simpson College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree39439
Postbaccalaureate certificate03
Master's degree01

Simpson College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Simpson College had a total enrollment of 2,039 students (1,914 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 40%
Women 60%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 97%
Graduate 3%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
Unknown 91%
(Foreign Students) 9%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 28%
20-21 32%
22-24 15%
25-29 6%
30-34 5%
35-39 5%
40-49 6%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)


Simpson College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 81 %
Part-Time 26 %

Simpson College Room and Board (2007)

Simpson College offers campus housing for 1,250 of its 1,914 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Indianola, Iowa for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Iowa Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 20 meals per week.

Simpson College Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal470600
SAT Math470620
SAT Writing470600
ACT Verbal2127
ACT Math2026
ACT Composite2227

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT7%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT97%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Simpson College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 23,596
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 23,596
Room and board $ 6,988
Room charge $ 3,354
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,634
Books and supplies $ 1,850
Other expenses $ 2,750

Financial Aid:
Simpson College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 188700)

Simpson College Faculty

Simpson College has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track1214
Non-tenured and not on tenure track413

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year24$72,23911$66,624
Associate professoracademic year11$56,0328$54,154
Assistant professoracademic year11$47,15320$45,165
Instructoracademic year5$44,3647$42,914
All faculty totalacademic year51$60,60046$51,517

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Simpson College Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Basketball Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Baseball Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Track Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

Simpson College Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business/Commerce, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Marketing, Other

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Elementary Education and Teaching
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Journalism, Other

Music Performance, General
Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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Simpson College Highlights

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What Sets Simpson College Apart:

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Top 7%Simpson College Dorm rooms per full-time student
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% of degrees in nutrition and exercise therapy
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Top 16%Simpson College % of degrees in nutrition and exercise therapy
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Top 17%Simpson College % of degrees in media
% of degrees in art studies
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Top 18%Simpson College % of degrees in art studies
% of degrees in science
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Top 19%Simpson College % of degrees in science
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Top 19%Simpson College % of degrees in business and management
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Top 20%Simpson College % of degrees in mathematics

checked United Methodist affiliation
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Offers credit for life experience
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers weekend classes
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked NCAA athletic conference member

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