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International Profile

Simpson College is more than a beautiful campus.

The College boasts a devoted faculty and a renowned curriculum, including more than 50 majors, minors, and pre-professional programs. Simpson is recognized for its commitment to excellence in education, preparation for an ever-changing world, and dedication to the development of character—just a few of the many reasons why Simpson is an outstanding educational value.

Strong academic environment
• Students receive personal and sincere attention from professors at Simpson. The student-faculty ratio is 14:1.
• Simpson’s curriculum gives students a well-rounded view of the world and its cultures, a firm understanding of evolving technology, and the ability to write and communicate with confidence.
• International and intercultural programs, internships, and a three-week May Term allow students to explore new and diverse experiences.
• Students benefit from the convenience of plentiful internship opportunities in Des Moines—all just 20 minutes from campus.

Thriving student life
The residential campus further contributes to the personal and intellectual growth of students.
• Five residence halls, eight apartment-style residences, theme houses, four fraternities, and three sororities give students many options for comfortable on-campus living.
• Campus activities are considered an integral part of college life at Simpson. Activities include 19 NCAA Division III athletic teams for men and women, intramural sports, Greek Life, student government, honor and professional societies, music and theatre groups, volunteer organizations, and student associations.

Unbeatable location
Simpson College is perfectly placed in a suburban community while only minutes from Iowa’s largest and most metropolitan city. Simpson’s location offers the best of both worlds: small-town charm and a good mix of active city life.

Admission and financial assistance
Students may submit applications for the next year beginning in September. The priority deadline for applications is April 15. There is no application fee. Visit Simpson’s website for further information regarding the international student application and financial assistance programs.



Indianola, Iowa, is a vibrant community of 14,400 located just 12 miles (19 kilometers) south of Iowa’s capital city, Des Moines (metro population of 500,000). The campus is within easy access of the Des Moines International airport (20 minutes) and two interstate highways; three hours from Kansas City, four hours from Minneapolis/St. Paul, six hours from Chicago, and six hours from Saint Louis.


Type of college: Four-year, private, coeducational, liberal arts college founded in 1860; Bachelor of Arts in over 50 major areas and Bachelor of Music degrees awarded

Size of campus: 85 acres with 34 major buildings; campus facilities feature a seamless blend of traditional and new architecture. The campus is bordered on the north by Buxton Park and features beautiful common areas. The town center and other businesses are within easy walking distance of the campus.

Number of students: Approximately 1,500 undergraduate students

Number of faculty: 99 full-time faculty

Colleges, Programs, and Degrees: Accounting, Applied Philosophy, Art, Athletic Training, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Economics, Elementary Education, English, Environmental Science, Ethics, Exercise Science, Forensic Science/Biochemistry, French, German, Graphic Design, History, Human Resource Management, Integrated Marketing Communication, International Management, International Relations, Latin American Studies, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Multimedia Journalism, Music, Music Education, Music Performance, Nursing, Philosophy, Physical Education, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Secondary Education, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish, Sports Administration, Studio Art, Theatre Arts, Women’s Studies

Pre-professional programs: Pre-dentistry, Pre-engineering, Pre-law, Pre-medicine, Pre-optometry, Pre-physical Therapy, Pre-theology/Pre-ministry, Pre-veterinary medicine

Geographic Diversity: Student body includes students from 17 U.S. states; in recent years international students have come from 18 countries, including Argentina, Bulgaria, Brazil, Denmark, Ethiopia, Germany, India, Ireland, Kenya, Mexico, Nepal, and South Africa.

International Student Services: International student advisor, host family program, International Student Organization (ISO), orientation programs

International Student Budget: (2011–2012)
Tuition and Fees: $28,123
Room and Meals: $7,963
Security Deposit*: $100
Matriculation Fee*: $100
Medical Insurance**: $1,055
Books and Supplies: $900
Personal/Travel Expenses***: $3,200
Total for Nine Months***: $41,441
*    First year only        
**    Required unless proof of insurance coverage is provided

Financial aid: Simpson College offers international student scholarships and grants that can cover a portion of the total cost of attendance. Students may receive either the Simpson College International Student Scholarship or the Simpson College Multicultural Grant. The International Student Scholarship is awarded to international students who demonstrate strong academic potential while bringing cultural diversity to Simpson’s campus. The Simpson Multicultural Grant is awarded to students with high educational goals and an outstanding academic record who have demonstrated leadership qualities in school, community, and/or church activities. In addition, international students may be eligible for on-campus student employment.

Test Score Requirements: Applicants must submit SAT, ACT, or TOEFL score reports; minimum TOEFL: 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, 79–80 iBT.

Application Deadlines and Fees: The priority deadline for fall enrollment is April 15; there is no application fee.