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Simpson University Overview

Located in Redding, California, Simpson University is a private not-for-profit institution. The city atmosphere of Redding makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

What Is Simpson University Known For?

219 Undergraduate Awards
$34,202 Avg Cost After Aid
60% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at Simpson U have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 3%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the master's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Simpson U.
  • In 2017-2018, 100% of the faculty were full-time.
  • It takes the average Simpson U 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 University Rankings

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.

Program Level Awards

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

Rank Ranking Name Share
#15 Most Popular Missionary Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#31 Best Value General Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#35 Best Value Clinical & Counseling Psychology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#40 Best Value Psychology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#73 Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#111 Best Health Professions Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#122 Best General Biology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#128 Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#132 Best Value Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

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

Rank Ranking Name Source
#53 Best Nursing Schools Nursing Degree Search
#58 Best Value Colleges for Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology College Factual
#65 Best Value Master’s Degree Colleges for Psychology College Factual
#166 Best Registered Nursing Schools College Factual
#193 Best Nursing Schools College Factual
#333 Best Health Professions Schools College Factual

Where Is Simpson University?


Contact details for Simpson U are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 2211 College View Drive, Redding, CA 96003-8606
Phone: 530-224-5600

How Do I Get Into Simpson U?

You can apply to Simpson U online at:

Admission Requirements for Simpson U

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations considered but not required
SAT or ACT Scores considered but not required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Simpson U?

60% Acceptance Rate
61% Of Accepted Are Women
61% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 60%, Simpson U does not let just anybody through their doors! Make sure you spend enough time polishing up your application so you will make a great impression.

Approximately 39% of accepted students are men and 61% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 60%, and the acceptance rate for women is 59%.

Average Test Scores

About 61% of students accepted to Simpson U submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 490 and 605. Math scores were between 470 and 580.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Simpson University  ( 490 to 605 )

SAT Math Scores for Simpson University  ( 470 to 580 )
Simpson U received ACT scores from 16% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 19 and 28. Math scores were between 18 and 26. Composite scores were between 21 and 28.

ACT English Scores for Simpson University  ( 19 to 28 )
ACT Math Scores for Simpson University  ( 18 to 26 )
ACT Composite Scores for Simpson University  ( 21 to 28 )

Can I Afford Simpson University?

$34,202 Net Price
62% Take Out Loans
2.6% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Simpson U is $34,202. 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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Simpson U, approximately 62% of students took out student loans averaging $7,767 a year. That adds up to $31,068 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Simpson U is 2.6%. 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 University Undergraduate Student Diversity

549 Full-Time Undergraduates
58% Women
49% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 696 undergraduate students at Simpson U, with 549 being full-time and 147 being part-time.


There are also 159 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 549 full-time undergraduates at Simpson U, 42% are male and 58% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 30
Black or African American 19
Hispanic or Latino 159
White 246
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 95

Geographic Diversity

California students aren't the only ones who study at Simpson University. At this time, 11 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 11 countries are represented at Simpson U. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Hong Kong, and Canada.

Online Learning at Simpson University

161 Took All Classes Online
736 Took At Least One Class Online
21.3% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 736 students took at least one online class at the school.

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


This school is the 74th most popular in California for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2019-2020.

Online Affordability Rankings of Simpson U

The following table shows how Simpson U is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Religious Studies #40 #40
Philosophy & Religious Studies #61 #58

Online Growth Rankings of Simpson U

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Simpson University was 21.3%. This is the #1,037 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Simpson U 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 University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Master’s TOTAL
General Psychology 59 0 59
Business Administration & Management 45 0 45
Nursing 35 0 35
Liberal Arts General Studies 33 0 33
General Education 0 13 13
Communication & Media Studies 8 0 8
General Biology 6 0 6
History 6 0 6
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 6 6
Missionary Studies 6 0 6
Human Resource Management 0 5 5
Political Science & Government 5 0 5
General English Literature 4 0 4
Biblical Studies 4 0 4
Theological & Ministerial Studies 0 4 4
Pastoral Counseling & Specialized Ministries 3 0 3
Accounting 1 0 1
Romance Languages 1 0 1
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 1 0 1
Theology & Religious Vocations (Other) 1 0 1
Music 1 0 1
Biotechnology 0 0 0
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 0
Teaching English or French 0 0 0
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 0 0 0
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 0
Mathematics 0 0 0
Religious Studies 0 0 0
General Social Sciences 0 0 0
TOTAL 219 28 247


*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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