Simpson College
Indianola, IA, USA


Key Academic Stats

Highest Degree Offered
Total Number of Students
Total Number of Undergrads
Academic Calendar

Four-one-four plan

Non Traditional Learning
  • Online Classes
  • Online Undergrad Degrees
  • Summer Sessions
  • Combined Institution Double Degree Programs
  • Some Programs Requires Co-Op/Internship
Learning Options
  • Study Abroad
  • Honors Program
  • Teacher Certification Offered
Student:Faculty Ratio
US National: 21:1
Classroom Sizes

2-19 Students
20-39 Students
40-99 Students
Graduate in 4 Years US National: 28%
Graduate in 6 Years US National: 52%

Faculty Overview


African American
Asian/Pacific Islander

What Students Are Saying

It's your choice how difficult the classes are. It's all about being in touch with yourself and knowing your limits. The classes I picked push me past my boundaries but never past a point where I'm going to fall off of a metaphorical cliff.
Brianna from Des Moines, IA
Classes are tough, that is for any college out there.
Tori Caddell from Idianola, IA
The professors are very personable and the staff is always looking in the student's best interest. Professors are very open to working with students one-on-one and always have their door open.
Emily from Colorado Springs, CO
It is a good place, with a great education!
Jordyn from Hartford, IA
Tough to get in, but worth it if you are looking for something small near a larger metro. Guaranteed internships are also a draw.
Benjamin from Des Moines
Because of the small class sizes, its not really possible to slack off. Professors give ample opportunities to succeed and will notice if you are falling behind. Simpson is different than big Universities - you can't skip class unnoticed.
Student from Minnesota
We have unique course requirements which you would know as general education. Rather than having to take two math courses, one science,
foreign language, etc. before you are able to work on courses towards your major. This is how Simpson is: your requirements consists of engaged citizenship (art, diversity, global perspectives, etc.) Then within that you have embedded skills (critical thinking, collaborative leadership, oral communication, etc.) What I enjoy about this is that you can take the courses you want and need to for you major/minor(s) and still receive credit for those areas. Also, you get new perspectives on life.

All of the professors teach the courses there's no Teaching Assistants. Also, they all have PHDs in whatever they're teaching. Another thing that is beneficial is they have required office hours (10hrs/week) where they want students to come and speak with them about either their courses, plans for the future, or life in general. They are not as scary as you think â?? they're human and understanding if things happen.
I would say Simpson is about average. College classes will be much harder than high school classes no matter where you go, but the professors at Simpson are always available to help you if you just ask!
Alyssa from Limon, CO
Simpson has a wide variety of classes, and thus, Simpson has a wide range of difficulty for classes. Advisors will make sure that no student attempts to take a 300 level class their first year, but students are also free to take the classes they feel they're ready for if they have the prerequisites. I absolutely love the challenges the classes give me at Simpson because I know I'm not paying for a bad education.
Anna from Cedar Rapids, IA