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Simpson is a rather small campus of 1,300 students in the heart of Iowa. There, students find cozy class sizes, terrific academics, and loads of fun in their off time. Students can pursue a wide range of majors that can launch careers in healthcare, business, technology, social work, and more. The list of majors includes academic topics such as mathematics, business, and sciences, but students can also pursue a pre-professional program such as pre-dentistry, pre-pharmacy, or pre-veterinary, among others.

Overview of Simpson College

To help round out students' academic growth, Simpson has designed Exploreships which provide students with multiple real-world experiences. Exploreships include a range of experiential learning opportunities. Students can pursue traditional internships, but they might also embark on a field experience, service learning, study abroad, or work alongside faculty as an assistant.

When Simpson students aren't hard at work, they also find time to enrich themselves with an on-campus activity. The campus supports many social outlets, including a Greek system, and intramural sports. The fitness center is also home to workout machines, yoga classes, and a room for weight training. The campus also supports a religious life community that helps students grow in their Christian faith.

General Information

School Type Private not-for-profit
Campus Setting Town: Fringe
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 11:1
Graduation Rate 72%
Year Founded 1860

Student Enrollment

Total Students1,444


Undergraduate Student

Male 656
Female 740

Graduate Student

Male 23
Female 25

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Male 776
Female 831


Male 598
Female 698

Acceptance Rate80%

Male 77%
Female 84%

Enrollment 296

Male   65
Female   68
Application Fee NA
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Recommended
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Required
Recommendations Considered But Not Required
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline March 15
Common Application Accepted No

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

Simpson College is a small, private, not-for-profit institution that seeks to provide a high value education. While a student's tuition, fees, and books cost around $41,000, students also receive a high-quality education. In fact, this cost is on par with what many pay for an out-of-state education at lesser universities. When all of a student's costs are added up, including living expenses, the cost for a year runs about $54,000.

Students can offset much of those costs with grants, scholarships, and student loans. In fact, of full-time, first-year students that receive Title IV aid, lower-income students at Simpson end up with a net price of $15,000 and high-income students see a cost of around $26,000. Much of that offset cost is attributed to the fact that 100% of full-time, first-year students receive grants or scholarships that average approximately $32,000. Still, these costs are all made worthwhile when students enter the working world and start to see the returns on their investment.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $20,145
Average Total Aid $31,789
Students Receiving Financial Aid 100%
Room & Board $8,820

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $40,666
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $40,666
  • Books and Supplies - $1,238
  • Room & Board - $8,820
  • Other - $3,284


Simpson is a small college with a big right to brag on its academic programs. This shows in their reported retention rates, graduation numbers, and class sizes. All of those statistics add up to indicate that any Simpson student is sure to receive a fantastic undergraduate education that will result in great things in later life.

Simpson's retention rate is a measure of how many full-time first-year students return for a second year. This number is thought to indicate overall student satisfaction with classes, campus resources, and even their peer group. The experience of a year at Simpson is said to be of high quality since 78% of first-year students are retained for a second year. On top of this, Simpson's graduation rate is 72%, which is hard to beat anywhere. New students on campus can assume that most, if not all of their new friends will be with them at graduation.

Given the great retention and graduation rates, it's no wonder that Simpson students enjoy cozy class sizes. In fact, the school reports that the average class has 11 students to one instructor. Thus, once a student is deep into their major classes, they will be able to work more closely with the professor than would be possible at many other schools.

Student Population Total

Student Population 1,444

Evening Classes : Yes
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Business Majors 66 Total Graduates / 19%
Business Administration and Management, General 38 Graduates
Accounting 16 Graduates
Actuarial Science 5 Graduates
Management Information Systems, General 5 Graduates
All Education Majors 51 Total Graduates / 15%
Elementary Education and Teaching 29 Graduates
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 13 Graduates
Music Teacher Education 8 Graduates
Art Teacher Education 1 Graduates
All Computer Information Science Majors 24 Total Graduates / 7%
Computer Science 14 Graduates
Computer and Information Sciences, General 10 Graduates
All Biological & Biomedical Majors 23 Total Graduates / 7%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 13 Graduates
Biochemistry 7 Graduates
Neuroscience 3 Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 22 Total Graduates / 6%
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 22 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 46%

Outcome & Salary

Simpson College graduates are happy to report that their education yields healthy returns on their educational investment. Of the highest-earning graduates, those who earn a bachelor's degree in computer and information sciences tend to do the best. These technology workers start their careers earning almost $69,000. At the lower end, those who graduate with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice earn around $34,000.

Considering that these salaries are entry-level, it's easy to see that a Simpson degree takes people places. Alumni are also able to leverage their stellar academic background and enroll in a top graduate school. Thus, a Simpson College education is sure to take graduates to the height of their profession.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $49,900
College Grads Average Salary $62,005
College Grads Mid Career Salary $88,600
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $620,050
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,506,050
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $80,580
10 Year Projected ROI $539,470
20 Year Projected ROI $1,425,470
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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