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Simpson College

Indianola, IA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate91%
Acceptance Rate91%

About Simpson College

Simpson College Overview

Simpson College is a private, religious school in a suburban setting in Indianola, Iowa. Simpson College was founded in 1860 and the school presently has around 1,218 students a year, including 1,172 undergrad students. Simpson College provides housing for up to 1,344 students. Most students live in off campus housing, and 75% of students spend their weekends on campus.

📆 Mark your calendar! The final application deadline for Fall 2023 is August 15.

Student Activities at Simpson College

Interested in music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Simpson College's theater groups.

Are you interested in journalism and communications? Simpson College students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Interested in Greek life? Simpson College has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? Simpson College has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Simpson College on the Student Life page.

2022 Simpson College Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Other
Overall Acceptance Rate 91%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.6
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 8%
Tuition $44,202
Percent of Need Met 83.3%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $37,419

Is Simpson College a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is.

Let's take a look at these factors to get a clearer idea of what Simpson College offers and if it might be a good fit for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Simpson College

Simpson College is moderately difficult to get into. The acceptance rate at Simpson College is 91%. Out of 1,330 applications received in 2022, 1,208 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Simpson College

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Around 70% of students who start at Simpson College come back for their second year of college. Around 69% of students who started at Simpson College earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outlook Simpson College Graduates

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Within six months of graduating, 72% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Check with Simpson College directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Simpson College's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

Simpson College's endowment was valued at $96.9 million in 2022, compared to a national average of $905 million. The school spends $7,832 for each full-time student enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Simpson College

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Simpson College meets 83.3% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Simpson College full-time are awarded $37,419 a year in financial aid, on average.

Graduates in the class of 2022 had an average of $36,884 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Simpson College.

Based on this information, how does Simpson College sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Simpson College a good school for you?

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Where is Simpson College?

Simpson College is located in the suburban setting of Indianola, Iowa, in the suburbs of Des Moines.

If you want to see Simpson College for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 35 and Interstate 80 to Indianola, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Des Moines International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Simpson College and Indianola are like without leaving home.

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College Info

701 North C Street Indianola, IA 50125-1297

Campus Setting: Suburban

Simpson College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Aug 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Aug 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Simpson College is Aug 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Simpson College is Aug 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Simpson College ACT Scores


ACT Range

18 - 25

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Simpson College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1060 - 1160


Math SAT Range

530 - 590


Reading SAT Range

540 - 610

Simpson College Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Simpson College is like? There are approximately 1,218 students enrolled at Simpson College, including 1,172 undergraduate students and 46 graduate students. 92% percent of students attend school full-time, 76% percent are from IA and 24% percent of students are from other states.


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