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Simpson College Indianola

Simpson College is a four-year liberal arts institution that was founded 1860. Located in Indianola, Iowa, the school was named after a Methodist minister named Matthew Simpson. The school is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and the church’s influence is evident throughout the school. Simpson College has been nationally recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top 10 colleges in the Midwest. Approximately 2,000 students take classes at the school. In addition to the Indianola campus, the school has facilities in Ankeny and West Des Moines.

Educational Programs

Simpson College is accredited by the North Central Association and awards undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as certificates. Some of the programs of study available at the school include:

  • Applied Philosophy
  • Biochemistry
  • Coaching Authorization
  • Forensic Science
  • Health Endorsement
  • International Relations
  • Marketing
  • Multimedia Journalism
  • Nursing
  • Religion
  • Sociology
  • Studio Art
  • Women’s and Gender Studies

Graduate programs consist of a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice and the Master of Arts in Teaching. Students can earn post-baccalaureate certificates in Accounting, Computer Science, and Management.

Simpson College wants education to be accessible to everyone including working adults. To this end, they offer evening and weekend classes at all three of its campuses. Classes in the FASTrack program meet once per week for 8 weeks, and the Saturday FASTrack classes meet every other Saturday for 16 weeks but the students complete much of the course online.

In the fall of 2011, Simpson College introduced a new education concept called Engaged Citizenship Curriculum. The goal of the program is to develop courses that teach students seven skills deemed critical to their success in school and life. Those skills are:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Collaborative Leadership
  • Oral and Written Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Information Literacy

Students are required to complete courses in seven specific areas in addition to the classes required by their majors. These areas are: The Arts, Civic Engagement, Diversity and Power in the United States, Ethics and Values Inquiry, Global Perspectives, Historical Perspectives on Western Culture, and Scientific Reasoning. To fulfill the Global Perspectives requirement, students can spend a semester studying abroad.


Each student is evaluated to determine their potential for success in an educational program at Simpson. School officials will factor the student’s grades, transcripts, test scores, and recommendations into their decision. Applicants must submit transcripts from all secondary and post-secondary schools attended and ACT or SAT scores. International students must submit TOEFL scores as well.

An enrollment deposit of $200 is required upon acceptance to the school.


Tuition and fees for Simpson College are as follows:

  • Full-time tuition and fees: $29,529 per year
  • Tuition: $323 per credit
  • Graduate tuition: $425 per credit
  • Housing: $3,860

Help is available to students that require assistance paying for the educational expenses. The first step in the process is filling out and sending in the FAFSA form. Completion of this form makes students eligible for federal aid such as the Pell Grant, Perkins Loan, and work-study programs. Simpson College also has a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. Students are encouraged to apply early.

Campus Life

Housing at Simpson College consists of traditional dorms, apartments, Greek Housing, and theme houses. Each residence hall has lounges and study areas outfitted with computers and printers. Free laundry facilities, kitchenettes, and large-screen televisions are also available. All housing facilities are furnished with standard equipment such as beds, desks, and closets.

Men’s and women’s intercollegiate sports programs include baseball, softball, swimming, tennis, cheer, volleyball, and soccer. There are also numerous student organizations on campus such as Alpha Phi Omega, Hand Bell Choir, Harry Potter Club, and Model United Nations. There is also an active student ministry.


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