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Simpson College Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on Simpson College, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is Simpson College Ranked?

2021 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Simpson College was awarded 21 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is criminal justice and corrections.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Simpson College as #430 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Simpson College held the #442 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Simpson College is also ranked #11 out of 31 schools in Iowa.

See all of the rankings for Simpson College.

Is It Hard to Get Into Simpson College?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Simpson College is 84%. That's higher than the rate at many schools, but still low enough to be considered somewhat selective. If you want to get in, you'll need good grades and to be able to show that Simpson College is a good fit for you.

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 is often used to measure the number of teaching resources that a college or university offers its students. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1, but at Simpson College it is much better at 11 to 1. That's good news for students who want to interact more on a personal level with their teachers.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Simpson College is 45%. This is comparable to the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  45 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Simpson College

Freshmen Retention Rate

Simpson College has a freshmen retention rate of 80%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  80 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Simpson College for first-time, full-time students is 62%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  62 out of 100

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Good Overall Diversity at Simpson College

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,432 undergraduates at Simpson College with 1,280 being full-time and 152 being part-time.

Simpson College Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and minorities. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

The overall diversity score for Simpson College is 60.58 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  60.58 out of 100
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How Much Does Simpson College Cost?

The overall average net price of Simpson College is $23,187. 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 +
$17,172 $19,502 $21,116 $24,177 $27,180

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 78% of students took out student loans averaging $8,101 a year. That adds up to $32,404 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Simpson College is 4.5%. 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. That's great news for Simpson College students 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 surrounding location of Indianola is ideal for students who enjoy the charms of a college town.

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Location of Simpson College

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, 464 received undergraduate degrees and 16 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 47 $45,500
Liberal Arts General Studies 30 $34,500
Teacher Education Grade Specific 29 $38,100
Criminal Justice & Corrections 26 $33,900
Health & Physical Education 24 $38,300
General Psychology 24 NA
Accounting 22 $52,400
Teacher Education Subject Specific 22 $34,500
Computer Science 19 NA
Mathematics 17 NA

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 2017-2018, 116 students took at least one online class at Simpson College. This is a decrease from the 220 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 116 68
2016-2017 220 18
2015-2016 152 7
2014-2015 63 0
2013-2014 56 8

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