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Simpson College Overview

Simpson College is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Indianola, Iowa. The charming, small-town atmosphere of Indianola draws many to the area.

What Is Simpson College Known For?

464 Undergraduate Awards
$31,845 Avg Cost After Aid
84% Acceptance Rate
  • The 4% 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.
  • In 2017-2018, 45% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from Simpson College makes roughly $47,500 a year. This is 16% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.
  • It takes the average Simpson College student 4.2 years to graduate. This is pretty good when compared to the national rate of 4.4 years.

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Simpson College Rankings

Simpson College landed the #153 spot in our 2021 ranking of best colleges. We analyzed 2,320 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. It is also ranked #1 out of 31 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.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#100 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Simpson College.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#8 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#12 Best Health & Physical Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#19 Best Management Information Systems Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#34 Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#35 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#52 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#56 Best Computer & Information Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#68 Best Business, Management & Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#69 Best Business Administration & Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#77 Best Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Simpson College has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#30 Best Value Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities College Factual
#50 Best Colleges for Health & Physical Education College Factual
#51 Best Colleges for Criminal Justice & Corrections College Factual
#53 Best Value Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting College Factual
#61 Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting College Factual
#83 Best Business Schools Business Degree Central

Where Is Simpson College?

Location of Simpson College

Contact details for Simpson College are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 701 North C St, Indianola, IA 50125
Phone: 515-961-6251

How Do I Get Into Simpson College?

You can apply to Simpson College online at:

Admission Requirements for Simpson College

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Simpson College?

84% Acceptance Rate
49% Of Accepted Are Women
7% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 84%, Simpson College may not be as selective as some schools, but you should not take admittance for granted. Be sure to submit the best application you can.

Approximately 51% of accepted students are men and 49% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 79%, and the acceptance rate for women is 90%.

Average Test Scores

About 7% 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 630. Math scores were between 530 and 590.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Simpson College  ( 540 to 630 )

SAT Math Scores for Simpson College  ( 530 to 590 )
Simpson College received ACT scores from 97% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 19 and 26. Math scores were between 20 and 27. Composite scores were between 21 and 27.

ACT English Scores for Simpson College  ( 19 to 26 )
ACT Math Scores for Simpson College  ( 20 to 27 )
ACT Composite Scores for Simpson College  ( 21 to 27 )

Can I Afford Simpson College?

$31,845 Net Price
72% Take Out Loans
4.5% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Simpson College is $31,845. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Simpson College, approximately 72% of students took out student loans averaging $8,019 a year. That adds up to $32,076 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Simpson College is 4.5%. 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

1,161 Full-Time Undergraduates
53% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 1,307 undergraduate students at Simpson College, with 1,161 being full-time and 146 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Simpson College

There are also 48 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,161 full-time undergraduates at Simpson College, 47% are male and 53% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Simpson College

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Simpson College students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Simpson College Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 18
Black or African American 40
Hispanic or Latino 81
White 916
International Students 11
Other Races/Ethnicities 95

Geographic Diversity

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

68 Took All Classes Online
116 Took At Least One Class Online
236.9% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 3 bachelor’s degree and 1 master’s degree programs available online at Simpson College. In 2017-2018, 116 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Simpson College has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 32nd most popular in Iowa for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Simpson College

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Simpson College was 236.9%. This is the #221 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Simpson College regardless of major.

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.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 47 0 0 47
Teacher Education Grade Specific 29 0 11 40
Criminal Justice & Corrections 26 1 5 32
Liberal Arts General Studies 30 0 0 30
Health & Physical Education 24 0 0 24
General Psychology 24 0 0 24
Accounting 22 1 0 23
Teacher Education Subject Specific 22 0 0 22
Computer Science 19 0 0 19
Computer Information Systems 17 0 0 17
Mathematics 17 0 0 17
Public Relations & Advertising 16 0 0 16
Political Science & Government 15 0 0 15
General Biology 13 0 0 13
Music 12 0 0 12
Economics 11 0 0 11
Allied Health Professions 10 0 0 10
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 8 0 0 8
General English Literature 8 0 0 8
Health & Medical Administrative Services 8 0 0 8
Sociology 8 0 0 8
Management Information Systems 6 0 0 6
Romance Languages 6 0 0 6
History 6 0 0 6
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 5 0 0 5
Natural Resources Conservation 5 0 0 5
Human Services 5 0 0 5
Design & Applied Arts 5 0 0 5
Drama & Theater Arts 5 0 0 5
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 4 0 0 4
Journalism 4 0 0 4
Religious Studies 4 0 0 4
Chemistry 4 0 0 4
Physics 4 0 0 4
Fine & Studio Arts 4 0 0 4
Philosophy 3 0 0 3
International Relations & National Security 3 0 0 3
International Business 1 0 0 1
Marketing 1 0 0 1
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 1 0 0 1
Engineering Physics 1 0 0 1
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1 0 0 1
Germanic Languages 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 464 2 16 482


*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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