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Simpson College scores high for computer science, access in U.S. News & World Report rankings

Simpson recognized as one of the top liberal arts colleges in the nation


Simpson College ranks among the top national liberal arts colleges in the country according to the 2022 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings. Simpson’s recognition includes especially high marks for computer science and social mobility.

“We are proud to again be recognized as one of the best liberal arts colleges in the United States,” President Marsha Kelliher said. “We strive to transform the lives of our students through a welcoming and supportive community, exceptional academic and extracurricular programs and distinctive opportunities in and out of the classroom. Our presence on this list is a reflection of our holistic approach to a liberal arts education.”

The computer science program at Simpson appeared on the list of top undergraduate computer science programs in the country for the first time. Simpson is one of just four private institutions in Iowa to make the list. The 2021 Computer Science Degree Search rankings featured Simpson as the No. 1 Best Computer Science School in Iowa.

A testament to the College’s commitment to inclusive educational access, Simpson ranks No. 80 among national liberal arts colleges on the list of top performers on social mobility. That puts Simpson at No. 3 in the category in the state of Iowa. The social mobility indicator measures how well schools graduated students who received federal Pell Grants.

Simpson ranks No. 146 among national liberal arts colleges, a category that includes institutions that focus almost exclusively on undergraduate education and award at least 50 percent of their degrees in the arts and sciences. Simpson jumped three spots from a year ago.

The 37th annual U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings assessed 1,466 bachelor’s degree-granting institutions on 17 measures of academic quality. For a breakdown of the data that goes into the annual rankings, read How U.S. News Calculated the 2021 Best College Rankings

About Simpson College
Simpson College is a private, liberal arts college located in Iowa with campuses in Indianola, West Des Moines and online. Founded in 1860, the college has 1,268 undergraduate and graduate students. Simpson offers 74 majors, minors and programs in addition to three graduate programs. Outside of the classroom, Simpson is a member of the NCAA Division III American Rivers Conference, hosts eight Greek houses on campus and sponsors many extracurricular options for student involvement.
Contact Information
Bryan Geelan, marketing communication director
Direct: 515-961-1608
Email: bryan.geelan@simpson.edu