Quick Facts

Founded

In 1860, Simpson College was founded by members of the Iowa United Methodist Church.

Accreditation

Simpson College has been fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association since 1913.

Locations

Indianola, Iowa, a community of 13,000 people located 12 miles south of Des Moines, which is Iowa’s thriving capital city. Simpson also has campuses in West Des Moines and Ankeny.


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Main Campus

Seventy-five acres comprise Simpson’s main campus in Indianola with 34 major buildings, including: College Hall, Wallace Hall, Mary Berry Hall, George Washington Carver Science Center, Dunn Library, Kent Campus Center, Smith Memorial Chapel, Blank Performing Arts Center, Cowles Center, Amy Robertson Music Center and Henry H. and Thomas H. McNeill Hall.

Character

Simpson College is a United Methodist related, independent, undergraduate, coeducational, liberal-arts college.

Academic Year

Two four-month semesters and one three-week term in May, which allows for specialized study on or off campus, makes up the academic year.

Number of Faculty

The faculty to student ratio is one professor for every 14 students with 90 percent of the 94-member, full-time faculty having earned the highest degree in their fields.

Number of Students

The student body is made up of 1,485 full-time students and 550 part-time students.

Admission

Application form, high school transcripts, ACT or SAT scores and recommendation from principal or guidance counselor are considered in acceptance process.

Costs

Costs for the 2013-2014 academic year are as follows: tuition and fees $30,999; standard room costs $3,860; standard board charges $4,103.

Majors, Minors & Programs

Simpson offers more than 80 majors, minors, and programs.

Extracurricular Organizations

Eighty-four percent of students are involved in student government, newspaper, radio, intercollegiate and intramural sports, Greek life, departmental activities, honor and professional groups, music, drama, religion and other interest groups.

Intercollegiate Sports

Men: baseball,* basketball,* cross country, football,* golf, soccer, tennis, track & field, wrestling;* Women: basketball*, cross country,* golf,* softball,* soccer, swimming, tennis, track & field,* volleyball* *Recent Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Champion (since 1987).

Honors and Professional Societies

Alpha Lambda Delta; Alpha Mu Gamma; Alpha Sigma Lambda; Beta Beta Beta; Epsilon Sigma; Mu Phi Epsilon; Omicron Delta Kappa; Phi Alpha Theta; Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia; Student Education Association.

Greek Organizations

Fraternities: Alpha Tau Omega, Kappa Theta Psi, Lambda Chi Alpha, Sigma Alpha Epsilon
Sororities: Delta Delta Delta, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Pi Beta Phi

Distinctive Facts

Simpson is recognized for its quality programs and value by Peterson’s Competitive Colleges and by U.S. News and World Report. In addition, Simpson ranks among the nation’s top 100 colleges in percentage of students who study abroad, according to U.S. News and World Report. Simpson is also the summer home of internationally recognized Des Moines Metro Opera. Noted scientist George Washington Carver began his college career at Simpson in 1890.

Head Administrators

Chairman, Board of Trustees: Fred Hubbell
President: Jay Simmons
President’s Cabinet