How can my student apply to Simpson College?

Your student has three ways they can apply to Simpson. Your student can
apply online using Simpson’s online application. If they are applying to other colleges using the Common Application they can add Simpson College to schools where they want their application sent.  Students also have the option of printing out a pdf of the application and mailing it to the Office of Admissions.

What needs to be included with the application?

  • Completed application for admission (no application fee required)
  • High school transcripts reflecting academic work completed through your student’s junior year to be sent to the Simpson College Office of Admissions.
  • When your student requests the transcript, please also have them request their counselor complete the counselor recommendation/high school report form.
  • Official results of the ACT and/or SAT I should be sent directly to the Office of Admissions.  Simpson ACT code is 1354; SAT-I code is 6650. SAT Subject tests are not required.

*Please click the link below for transfer and international student checklists

Transfer Admissions

International Admissions

When are applications due?

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis beginning the early fall and continuing on a space available basis. Admission to Simpson College is based on your student’s academic record, extracurricular activities, and potential for success in a rigorous liberal arts curriculum. 

What classes should my student take in high school to prepare for Simpson?

We recommend students take a challenging curriculum in high school that prepares them for the rigors of college, but one in which they can be successful.  Simpson does not have requirements for a certain number of years in each subject, however we strongly recommend they continue to pursue core academic courses in high school such as math, science, English, social science, etc.  One of the admissions criteria that the Simpson admissions committee will look at will be the student’s course selection in high school.  Students that have exceeded the level of courses offered at their high school are encouraged to enroll in community college courses or college-prep courses from an accredited institution.

What test scores and GPA are needed to be accepted?

Simpson College does not have a minimum GPA or test score requirement to apply. The Simpson admissions committee takes a very holistic approach to admissions.  Members of the committee consider each application individually. They consider various academic factors and secondary factors as indicators of a student’s potential to succeed in Simpson’s rigorous liberal arts curriculum.   Primary factors include, but are not limited to, high school GPA, course selection, ACT or SAT scores, and academic achievement.  Secondary factors include, but are not limited to, extracurricular activities, awards, service, community involvement, work experience and the personal statement.

How much does Simpson cost?

Costs for the 2018-2019 academic year are:

Tuition:  $38,412

Required Fees: $732

Basic Residence Hall Costs: $4,062

Standard Board Charge: $4,318

Total Comprehensive Fee: $47,524

100% of Students at Simpson receive some form of Financial Aid.  Simpson offers a variety of merit- and need-based scholarships. Financial assistance also comes in the form of grants, loans and work programs. Learn more about Financial Assistance.  Your student’s application serves as their application for most Simpson scholarships.  We work with each family on an individual basis to make Simpson as affordable as possible for every student.

How does my student apply for Financial Aid?

Simpson offers a variety of merit- and need-based scholarships.  Your students will automatically be considered for merit based scholarships with their application for admission. Some additional scholarship opportunities require a separate application. Click here for a complete list of Simpson Scholarships.

Financial assistance also comes in the form of grants, loans and work programs using information collected from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  As a parent, you will want to fill out the FAFSA in January of your student’s senior year.  The FAFSA can be found at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ and will be something filled out each year.  To list Simpson as a school you want the information sent to, please use the Simpson FAFSA code 001887.  The information collected on the FAFSA will determine what Federal Aid you and your family qualify for.

Learn more about Financial Assistance.

When will we receive an official Financial Award that shows total costs for my student?

Official Financial Assistance Awards will be mailed to all accepted students beginning in mid January.  This award will include merit and need based aid and your family’s estimated billable for the upcoming school year.  Preliminary awards with merit based scholarships are mailed shortly after acceptance to give students a general idea of the aid they will receive without information collected from the FAFSA.

When is tuition due?

Tuition is typically due a few weeks before the start of the academic semester. The exact date will be communicated to you by the Office of Financial Assistance, including a personalized bill reflecting all Financial Aid and Scholarships awarded.

What is the school code for the FAFSA?

Simpson College school code (to list Simpson on the FAFSA form)

Where should we mail official transcripts?

Office of Admissions
701 North C Street
Indianola, IA 50125

What is the school code for the ACT or SAT?

Simpson College ACT code (list Simpson to receive your ACT scores)

Simpson College SAT-I code(list Simpson to receive your SAT scores)

How can we sign up for a visit to campus?

There are numerous ways to visit Simpson College.  Whether your student is looking for a personalized visit, classroom experience, or a group visit experience there is no better way to learn more about Simpson than by coming to campus.  Learn more on our visit page.

Where can we stay when we come to visit Simpson? 

When coming to visit the Simpson campus you have several options for overnight accommodations.  There are three hotels in Indianola listed below.  Simpson is also a short drive from the Des Moines area where there are numerous hotel options, including some listed below.

(Be sure to mention your visit to Simpson when booking to qualify for any discounted rates)

Country Inn and Suites – Indianola

Apple Tree Inn – Indianola

Quality Inn – Indianola

Double Tree by Hilton Des Moines Airport

Fairfield Inn & Suites Des Moines Airport

Holiday Inn Des Moines Airport Conference Center

Embassy Suites Des Moines Downtown

What sports are offered at Simpson?

Simpson athletes compete at the NCAA Division III level in the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.  Simpson offers 19 competitive sports including Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track & Field, Wrestling, Softball, and Women’s Volleyball.  For the less competitive athlete, Simpson also offers various intramurals each semester.  Learn more about Simpson Storm!

Are first year students required to live on campus?

Living on campus is an integral part of the Simpson Experience.  We require students to live on campus for their first year, however a request can be made to be a commuter if family lives near campus.  The majority of Simpson Students choose to live on campus all four years.  To learn more about housing options visit Residence Life.

What type of computer should my student bring to Simpson?

There are computer labs throughout campus: the library, the science building, the student center, and even right in the residence halls.  If your student chooses to bring their own computer, the following chart lists the required and recommended computer system configurations to connect to the Simpson network.

All Computers

  • 25′ Ethernet patch cord (for wired connection)
  • 802.11b or g (for wireless connection)


  • Macintosh OS 10.6.X or higher
  • All Macintosh OS critical updates
  • Free Anti-Virus software provided by Simpson College


  • Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7
  • All Microsoft Windows critical updates
  • Free Anti-Virus software provided by Simpson College

To connect your computer to the Simpson College network just follow the “Get Connected” link on Simpson College Information Technology Services homepage.  There are three main steps; connecting to the SCSTUDENT wireless SSID, installing Cisco NAS client on your computer, and validating your computer by logging on to Cisco NAS to make sure you have a current anti-virus software and to make sure you have all your Windows critical system updates.  If you don’t have a current A/V software package then you will be prompted to install Simpson’s FREE anti-virus software package from Kaspersky.

Below are the recommended system configurations for connecting to the Simpson College Network.  Having a computer that meets or exceeds these guidelines will help ensure your ability to connect to our network.

Macintosh Desktop or NotebookAny current model of Macintosh notebook or desktop
computer Apple is offering or one purchased within
the past 12 months.Operating System
Mac OS 10.8Productivity Software
Office:Mac 2011 University
Windows Desktop or NotebookAny current model of HP/Compaq, Lenovo, Toshiba, Dell, Sony, Acer, Asus, Panasonic, etc. notebook or desktop computer being offered or one purchased within the past 12 months.Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7Productivity Software
Microsoft Office University 2010

Are there jobs available on campus?

There are numerous opportunities to work on campus.  Students awarded work study have a variety of options including positions in residence life, admissions, registrar, athletics, and many more.  Many students also find jobs in Indianola and the surrounding area at various restaurants and stores.