Quick Facts


In 1860, Simpson College was founded by members of the Iowa United Methodist Church.


Simpson College has been fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association since 1913.


Indianola, Iowa, a community of 15,000 people located 12 miles south of Des Moines, which is Iowa's thriving capital city. 

Simpson also has a campus in West Des Moines where we offer online and evening programs for adult learners. Learn more about our Continuing and Graduate programs.

Main Campus

Eighty-five acres comprise Simpson's main campus in Indianola with 34 major buildings, including: College Hall, Wallace Hall, Mary Berry Hall, George Washington Carver Science Center, Dunn Library, Kent Campus Center, Steven Johnson Fitness Center, Smith Memorial Chapel, Blank Performing Arts Center, Athletic Complex, Amy Robertson Music Center and Henry H. and Thomas H. McNeill Hall.


Simpson College is a United Methodist related, independent, undergraduate, coeducational, liberal-arts college.

Academic Year

Two four-month semesters and one three-week term in May, which allows for specialized study on or off campus, makes up the academic year.

Number of Students

The student body is made up of about 1,300 full-time students.


Application form, high school transcripts, ACT or SAT scores and recommendation from principal or guidance counselor are considered in acceptance process.

Number of Faculty

The faculty to student ratio is one professor for every 13 students with 86 percent of the 95-member, full-time faculty having earned the highest degree in their fields.


Costs for the 2018-19 academic year are as follows: tuition and fees $38,412; standard room costs $4,062; and standard board costs $4,318. Every Simpson student receives some form of financial assistance.

Majors, Minors & Programs

Simpson offers 80 majors, minors and programs.

Extracurricular Organizations

Eighty-four percent of students are involved in student government, newspaper, radio, intercollegiate and intramural sports, Greek life, departmental activities, honor and professional groups, music, drama, religion and other interest groups.

Intercollegiate Sports

Men: baseball,* basketball,* cross country, football,* golf, soccer, tennis, track & field, wrestling;* Women: basketball*, cross country,* golf,* softball,* soccer, swimming, tennis, track & field,* volleyball*

*Recent Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Champion (since 1987).

Honors and Professional Societies

Alpha Lambda Delta; Alpha Sigma Lambda; Beta Beta Beta; Epsilon Sigma; Mu Phi Epsilon; Omicron Delta Kappa; Phi Alpha Theta; Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia; Student Education Association.

Greek Organizations

Fraternities: Alpha Tau Omega, Kappa Theta Psi, Lambda Chi Alpha, Sigma Alpha Epsilon

Sororities: Delta Delta Delta, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Pi Beta Phi, Sigma Lambda Gamma

Distinctive Facts

Simpson is recognized for its quality programs and value by Peterson’s Competitive Colleges and by U.S. News and World Report. In addition, Simpson ranks among the nation’s top 100 colleges in percentage of students who study abroad, according to U.S. News and World Report. Simpson is also the summer home of internationally recognized Des Moines Metro Opera. Noted scientist George Washington Carver began his college career at Simpson in 1890.

Head Administrators

Chair, Board of Trustees: Terry Lillis

President: Jay Simmons

President's Cabinet