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Mission & Philosophy

Education with distinction, for the head and the heart.

The Simpson College mission and vision define who we are and what we strive to be—for our students, for the region and for an increasingly connected community of global citizens. To reach these objectives efficiently, with Simpson’s hallmark conscience and character, our strategic plan establishes current challenges and a direction for carrying opportunities to their fullest potential.

Our Mission

Simpson College is an independent, selective, church-related, comprehensive liberal-arts college dedicated to excellence in higher education.
The Simpson College community is equally committed to:

  • Promoting integrative learning that enables students of all ages to develop intellectual and practical skills
  • Nurturing values which foster personal worth and individuality within a creative, diverse and just community
  • Graduating students who continue to grow as free, responsible and fulfilled individuals in the world of family, work, service and scholarship
  • Drawing upon our relationship with the United Methodist Church and our religious traditions that guide us on issues of personal integrity, moral responsibility, social justice and global citizenship

Approved by the Board of Trustees on May 16, 2008

Our Vision Statement

Simpson College serves the diverse communities of the Midwest and the nation by providing academic and co-curricular programs designed to educate students of all ages and backgrounds. The Simpson community therefore aspires to become the exemplar of comprehensive liberal arts colleges in the Midwest.

Our Strategic Plan

We’re committed to making our mission and vision actionable through tangible goals that, when achieved, will ensure Simpson College’s ability to extend these values far into the future.

Download The Simpson Plan for 2019

Accreditation Information

Since 1913, Simpson College has been fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is preparing for a site visit as part of the commission's reaffirmation of accreditation process.

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Equity, Inclusion and Diversity

Simpson celebrates diversity on campus and is committed to providing a supportive campus environment for all.