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Simpson College
Indianola, IA
Simpson, founded in 1860, is a private, church-affiliated, liberal arts college. Its 68-acre campus is located in Indianola, 12 miles from Des Moines.
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Institution Type Private
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 1,543
   Women 858 (55.6%)
   Men 685 (44.4%)
Graduate Students 65
Entrance Difficulty Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate 85% of 1,265 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered No
Early Decision Offered No
Regular Admission Deadline Rolling
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA Not reported
SAT Math Not reported
SAT Critical Reading Not reported
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 24 average
21-27 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests X      
Essay     X  
Extracurricular Activities       X
Cost of Attendance $48,376
  Tuition and Fees $35,876
  Room and Board $7,963
Average Percent of Need Met 86%
Average Freshman Award $32,435
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Not reported
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 95
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 25% of classes
10-19 students: 45% of classes
20-29 students: 18% of classes
30-39 students: 8% of classes
40-49 students: 2% of classes
50-99 students: 1% of classes
Indianola Population 15,108
Nearest Metropolitan Area Des Moines
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 97% of freshmen, 86% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division III
Mascot Thunder Cat
Sororities 21% of women participate
Fraternities 25% of men participate
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
1.5% Asian
2.5% Black/African-American
4.2% Hispanic/Latino
1.8% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
85.5% White
4.3% Unknown
International Students 0.3% from 5 countries
First-Year Students Returning 77.3%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 53.3%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months 75%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly 22.0%