Founded in 1860, Simpson has prepared generations of students for successful careers, graduate schools or service work. Our beautiful campus sits on 75 acres in Indianola, Iowa and offers the best of both worlds: a nurturing academic environment that’s close to the career, internship and entertainment options available in Iowa’s capital city.
Most of our professors hold the highest degrees in their field, and they are committed to helping the more than 1,400 students achieve their dreams. Student life is exciting and fulfilling, with dozens of opportunities for students to participate, in everything from Greek life to intercollegiate and intramural sports. Simpson’s success in promoting quality programs and providing exceptional value have been recognized nationally by Peterson’s Competitive Colleges and U.S. News. This is a great college, and the more that people learn about Simpson, the more impressed they become. We invite you to visit and take a closer look.
In 1860, Simpson College was founded by members of the Iowa United Methodist Church.
Simpson College has been fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association since 1913.
Indianola, Iowa, a community of 13,000 people located 12 miles south of Des Moines, which is Iowa’s thriving capital city. Simpson also has campuses in West Des Moines and Ankeny.
Eighty-five acres comprise Simpson’s main campus in Indianola with 34 major buildings, including: College Hall, Wallace Hall, Mary Berry Hall, George Washington Carver Science Center, Dunn Library, Kent Campus Center, Smith Memorial Chapel, Blank Performing Arts Center, Athletic Complex, Amy Robertson Music Center and Henry H. and Thomas H. McNeill Hall.
Simpson College is a United Methodist related, independent, undergraduate, coeducational, liberal-arts college.
Two four-month semesters and one three-week term in May, which allows for specialized study on or off campus, makes up the academic year.
Number of Faculty
The faculty to student ratio is one professor for every 13 students with 86 percent of the 95-member, full-time faculty having earned the highest degree in their fields.
Number of Students
The student body is made up of 1,400 full-time students and 300 part-time students.
Application form, high school transcripts, ACT or SAT scores and recommendation from principal or guidance counselor are considered in acceptance process.
Costs for the 2016-17 academic year are as follows: tuition and fees $35,876; standard room costs $3,860; standard board charges $4,103.
Majors, Minors & Programs
Simpson offers 80 majors, minors and programs.
Eighty-four percent of students are involved in student government, newspaper, radio, intercollegiate and intramural sports, Greek life, departmental activities, honor and professional groups, music, drama, religion and other interest groups.
Men: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, track & field, wrestling; Women: basketball, cross country, golf, softball, soccer, swimming, tennis, track & field, volleyball
*Recent Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Champion (since 1987).
Honors and Professional Societies
Alpha Lambda Delta; Alpha Sigma Lambda; Beta Beta Beta; Epsilon Sigma; Mu Phi Epsilon; Omicron Delta Kappa; Phi Alpha Theta; Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia; Student Education Association.
Fraternities: Alpha Tau Omega, Kappa Theta Psi, Lambda Chi Alpha, Sigma Alpha Epsilon Sororities: Delta Delta Delta, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Pi Beta Phi, Sigma Lambda Gamma
Simpson is recognized for its quality programs and value by Peterson’s Competitive Colleges and by U.S. News and World Report. In addition, Simpson ranks among the nation’s top 100 colleges in percentage of students who study abroad, according to U.S. News and World Report. Simpson is also the summer home of internationally recognized Des Moines Metro Opera. Noted scientist George Washington Carver began his college career at Simpson in 1890.
Chair, Board of Trustees: Sunnie Richer President: Jay Simmons President’s Cabinet
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