FAQ – Counselors



When should first year students apply?

Simpson College is on rolling admissions.  Simpson begins accepting applications in early August.  Students can apply using our online application or through the Common Application.  Students may also download a pdf of the application and mail it to the Office of Admissions.

Where can I find a counselor recommendation form?

You can access the counselor recommendation form here. We also accept counselor recommendation forms through the Common Application.  This report is an important component of the evaluation process and we value your time and professional judgment of your applicant (s).  Your review will be considered seriously by the admission committee.

Should my student apply to Simpson?

Simpson takes a holistic approach to admissions.  Each applicant is reviewed individually by an admission committee including admission staff and academic deans.  Members of the committee consider various academic factors and secondary factors as indicators of a student’s potential to succeed in Simpson’s rigorous liberal arts curriculum.   Primary factors include, but are not limited to, high school GPA, course selection, ACT or SAT scores, and academic achievement.  Secondary factors include, but are not limited to, extracurricular activities, awards, service, community involvement, work experience and the required essay.

Where should I mail official transcripts?

Office of Admissions
701 North C Street
Indianola, IA 50125

What courses are required to be accepted to Simpson?

Simpson College does not require a specific set of courses to be admitted. However, the admission committee does consider class choice when reviewing an applicant for admission.  The admission committee likes to see students challenge themselves in high school with academic courses, as opposed to excessive elective courses or off periods.

How many years of a foreign language are required?


Simpson does not require a specific number of years in a foreign language.  Similar to the answer above, the admission committee will consider course choice in high school, but a student has the potential to be admissible, regardless of the number of years of a foreign language completed.


How much does Simpson cost?


Costs for the 2013 – 2014 academic year are:


Tuition and fees: $30,999

Basic Residence Hall Costs: $3,860

Standard Board Charge: $4,103

Total Comprehensive Fee: $38,962

Simpson offers a variety of merit- and need-based scholarships. Financial assistance also comes in the form of grants, loans and work programs.  Learn more at Financial Assistance.


How can students apply for scholarships?


Simpson offers a variety of merit- and need-based scholarships.  Your students will automatically be considered for merit based scholarships with their application for admission. Some additional scholarship opportunities require a separate application. Click here for a complete list of Simpson Scholarships.

Financial assistance also comes in the form of grants, loans and work programs using information collected from the FAFSA.  Learn more at Financial Assistance.


What is the school code for the ACT or SAT?


Simpson College ACT code  (list Simpson to receive your ACT scores)

Simpson College SAT-I code (list Simpson to receive your SAT scores)


What is the school code for the FAFSA?


Simpson College school code (to list Simpson on the FAFSA form)


How can students visit campus?


There are numerous ways for students to visit Simpson College.  Whether they are looking for a personalized visit, overnight stay, or a full day visit experience, there is no better way to experience Simpson than seeing it first-hand.  Learn more on our visit page or go to the Upcoming Admissions Events page for a listing of upcoming admissions events.