Simpson College Overview
Located in Indianola, Iowa, Simpson College is a private not-for-profit institution. The charming, small-town atmosphere of Indianola draws many to the area.
What Is Simpson College Known For?
- The 3% student loan default rate at Simpson College is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
- The highest award offered at Simpson College is the master's degree.
- For the 2019-2020 academic year, 55% of the faculty were full-time.
- Students who graduate from Simpson College with a bachelor's degree make about $50,628 a year. That's 24% more than those who graduate from other schools.
- It takes the average Simpson College student 4.0 years to graduate. This is pretty good when compared to the national rate of 4.4 years.
Simpson College Rankings
Simpson College is ranked #168 out of 2,018 schools in the nation for overall quality on our 2023 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. It is also ranked #6 out of 36 schools in Iowa.
These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.
Simpson College has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.
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Program Level Awards
These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Simpson College.
Awards From Around the Web
The following table lists some notable awards Simpson College has earned from around the web.
|#5||Best Value Graduate Degree Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting||College Factual|
|#5||Best Value Graduate Degree Colleges for Criminal Justice & Corrections||College Factual|
|#47||Best Criminal Justice Studies Schools||College Factual|
|#79||Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools||College Factual|
|#81||Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Schools||College Factual|
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Where Is Simpson College?
Contact details for Simpson College are given below.
|Address:||701 North C St, Indianola, IA 50125|
How Do I Get Into Simpson College?
You can apply to Simpson College online at: admissions.simpson.edu/apply/
Admission Requirements for Simpson College
|High School GPA||required|
|High School Rank||recommended|
|High School Transcript||required|
|College Prep Program||required|
|Recommendations||considered but not required|
|SAT or ACT Scores||considered but not required|
How Hard Is It To Get Into Simpson College?
Approximately 43% of accepted students are men and 57% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 83%, and the acceptance rate for women is 90%.
Average Test Scores
About 8% of students accepted to Simpson College submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 540 and 610. Math scores were between 530 and 590.
Can I Afford Simpson College?
The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.
Student Loan Debt
It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Simpson College, approximately 75% of students took out student loans averaging $7,897 a year. That adds up to $31,588 over four years for those students.
The student loan default rate at Simpson College is 3.4%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.
Simpson College Undergraduate Student Diversity
There are also 42 graduate students at the school.
Of the 1,108 full-time undergraduates at Simpson College, 48% are male and 52% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of Simpson College students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||39|
|Hispanic or Latino||79|
Iowa students aren't the only ones who study at Simpson College. At this time, 18 states are represented by the student population at the school.
Over 11 countries are represented at Simpson College. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Mexico, France, and Nigeria.
Online Learning at Simpson College
The following chart shows how the online learning population at Simpson College has changed over the last few years.
This school is the 34th most popular in Iowa for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2019-2020.
Online Growth Rankings of Simpson College
The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Simpson College was 113.3%. This is the #388 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Simpson College regardless of major.
The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Simpson College majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.
|Major||1-Year Growth Rate|
|Criminal Justice & Corrections||9%|
|Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting||7%|
The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Simpson College ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Simpson College.
|Major||Growth Rate Rank|
|Management Information Systems||#1|
|Criminal Justice & Corrections||#58|
|Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting||#84|
|Business Administration & Management||#180|
|Business, Management & Marketing||#241|
When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.
Simpson College Undergraduate Concentrations
The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.
*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.
More about our data sources and methodologies.
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