Simpson College hopes that the knowledge they teach in the classroom will prepare their students for the future. To do this, Simpson College engages students in the classroom as well as encourages them to get internships and study abroad in numerous countries across the world.
Simpson College differs from other colleges in that they base their curriculum off of seven skills that the school believes each student needs to know upon graduation. Those seven skills include; leadership, critical thinking, information literacy, intercultural and oral communication, quantitative reasoning, and written communication. Students are also expected to take courses in the Arts, Global Perspectives, and Ethics to round out their education. Located in Indianola, Iowa just 12 miles south of Des Moines, students can take advantage of a big city setting where they can get internships, employment and visit numerous attractions.
Simpson College was founded in 1860 by Rev. Matthew Simpson, a Methodist minister whose beliefs shape the college today. Close friends with Abraham Lincoln, he was said to have spoken the last words at Lincoln’s funeral.
The campus is over 85 acres of land with just under 90% of the 1,800 students living on campus. With over 75 registered clubs and a very active Greek life, students can discover what their passionate about and take part in it. Among the events that students can participate in is Simpson’s annual Campus Day. A tradition that started in 1911, it is a day where students, faculty, and the community come together and clean the campus grounds. It also includes a campus wide BBQ and a dodgeball tournament at the end of the night.
When it comes to sports Simpson College compete in Division III sports. The Storm, as they are called have made many appearances in NCAA tournaments including men’s and women’s soccer, baseball, and men’s and women’s basketball. Simpson College’s softball team even won the national title four years in a row from 1996 to 1999.
Students attending Simpson College can be expected to have an average debt of $34,000 upon graduation. The college understands how expensive college can be and offers need-based and merit-based scholarships to qualifying students. At just under $40,000 a year including room and board, Simpson College is certainly not cheap but the college prides itself on helping students utilize different options when it comes to financing their education.