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Simpson College

Indianola, IA


  • Type
    4-year • Private
  • Campus Life
    Small • Suburban
  • Average Per Year After Aid
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Simpson College is a small, 4-year, private liberal arts college. This coed college is located in a large town in a suburban setting and is primarily a residential campus. It offers bachelor's, certificate, and master's degrees.

From the Institution

Simpson College is dedicated to your success, however you define it. Since its founding in 1860, the college has guided students to the next stage in their lives, be that a successful career, graduate school or serving others. You are not simply a student here, you are a partner, and every aspect of campus life is designed to help you achieve your goals. The beautiful, tree-lined campus is ideally located in Indianola, Iowa. The setting is intimate enough to offer a personalized education, but close enough to the Des Moines metropolitan area to take advantage of the internship and career opportunities there. The 1,100 students benefit from a student to faculty ratio of 11:1. The majority of Simpson faculty hold the highest degree in their field, but they also are dedicated to nurturing each students growth. They work side by side with students and promote hands-on learning, equipping students with the skills demanded by todays employers and graduate schools. This personalized attention by experts in their field is an added value of a Simpson education. And the college prides itself on helping undecided students find a major or life direction. Simpson offers over 80 majors and minors, highlighted by a leading-edge curriculum that is gaining national attention. As part of this, students take advantage of community partnerships, hold internships, study abroad and conduct independent research. The goal is to produce graduates fully prepared to meet the demands of todays highly competitive world. We encourage this in a number of ways. We have such strong business partnerships and a vibrant alumni network that any student who wants to complete an internship can do so. The popular 4-4-1 academic calendar allows students a three-week May term to participate in an intensive field experience/internship, or study abroad, or take a course on campus. Campus life is robust and engaged. There are more than 75 clubs and organizations. Simpsons athletic teams compete in NCAA Division III. The music, theatre and arts programs are nationally acclaimed, and participation is open to all students, not just majors. Serving others is part of Simpsons DNA and Simpson has been ranked highly as one of the nations top service-minded colleges. Simpson College is filled with student success stories. Let us help you find yours!

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College Board Code
Application Types Accepted
  • Common Application
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Religious Affiliation
United Methodist Church
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Important Dates

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August 1
Regular Application Due

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