Simpson College

Simpson College Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Simpson College Ranked?

2022 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Simpson College was awarded 70 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is health and physical education.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Simpson College as #432 out of 2,576 colleges and universities in the country on its 2022 Best Colleges list.

Out of the 45 colleges in Iowa, Simpson College is ranked at #9.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Simpson College?

Acceptance Rate

When it comes to admittance, Simpson College is somewhat selective. Its acceptance rate is 84%, which means you'll face some strong competition during the admissions process. Do what you can to make your application stand out.

Average Test Scores

About 7% of students accepted to Simpson College submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 540 and 630. Math scores were between 530 and 590.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Simpson College  ( 540 to 630 )

SAT Math Scores for Simpson College  ( 530 to 590 )
Simpson College received ACT scores from 97% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 21 and 27.

ACT Composite Scores for Simpson College  ( 21 to 27 )

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Simpson College Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Simpson College is an impressive 11 to 1. That's quite good when you compare it to the national average of 15 to 1. This is a good sign that students at the school will have more opportunities for one-on-one interactions with their professors.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Simpson College is 42%. This is lower than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  42 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Simpson College

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 78% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Simpson College enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  78 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Simpson College the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 62%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  62 out of 100

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Simpson College Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,307 undergraduates at Simpson College with 1,161 being full-time and 146 being part-time.

How Much Does Simpson College Cost?

The overall average net price of Simpson College is $19,151. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Simpson College

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$15,357 $15,323 $14,790 $24,297 $25,933

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Simpson College, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Simpson College, approximately 72% of students took out student loans averaging $8,019 a year. That adds up to $32,076 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Simpson College is 3.7%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Simpson College Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Simpson College make about $47,500 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is good news for future Simpson College graduates since it is 19% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Simpson College make the most money.

Location of Simpson College

Simpson College is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Indianola, Iowa. The location of Simpson College is a good match for students who are interested in living in a college town while they pursue their degree.

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Contact details for Simpson College are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 701 North C St, Indianola, IA 50125
Phone: 515-961-6251

Simpson College Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 43 majors graduated from Simpson College. Of these students, 401 received undergraduate degrees and 15 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 48 $45,500
Health & Physical Education 25 $38,300
Accounting 22 $52,400
General Psychology 21 NA
General Biology 19 NA
Music 19 NA
Human Services 17 NA
Computer Science 15 NA
Mathematics 15 NA
Teacher Education Grade Specific 14 $38,100

Learn more about the majors offered at Simpson College along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Simpson College

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2018-2019, 311 students took at least one online class at Simpson College. This is an increase from the 116 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 311 86
2017-2018 116 68
2016-2017 220 18
2015-2016 152 7
2013-2014 56 8

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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