Simpson College: Narrative Description

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701 North C St.
Indianola, IA 50125-1297
Tel: (515)961-6251
Free: 800-362-2454
Admissions: (515)961-1624
Fax: (515)961-1498
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent United Methodist, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1860. Setting: 74-acre small town campus. Endowment: $58 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $8010 per student. Total enrollment: 1,964. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 16:1. 1,442 applied, 76% were admitted. 25% from top 10% of their high school class, 58% from top quarter, 89% from top half. 32 valedictorians. Full-time: 1,452 students, 59% women, 41% men. Part-time: 501 students, 68% women, 32% men. Students come from 21 states and territories, 16 other countries, 7% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 2% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 21% 25 or older, 82% live on campus, 4% transferred in. Retention: 81% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; communications/communication technologies; visual/performing arts. Core. Calendar: 4-4-1. Services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at Drew University, American University, Washington Center Internships and Symposia, George Washington Carver Teacher Initiative Consortium agreement with Iowa State University and Des Moines Area Community College. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, 1 recommendation, SAT or ACT. Recommended: rank in upper 50% of high school class. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 8/15. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. Comprehensive fee: $25,196 includes full-time tuition ($19,430), mandatory fees ($205), and college room and board ($5561). College room only: $2669. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 81 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities; 25% of eligible men and 24% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: intramurals, Religious Life Council, Campus Activities Board, student government. Major annual events: Homecoming Week, All College Sing, Campus Day. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,139 college housing spaces available; 1,106 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through junior year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Dunn Library plus 1 other with 157,713 books, 12,492 microform titles, 558 serials, 6,242 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $792,117. 284 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Indianola (population 13,000) is located 20 minutes from Des Moines, the state capital, and enjoys the advantages of both a charming small town and a metropolitan center. Major transportation facilities are found in Des Moines, including the Des Moines International Airport. While Des Moines is known as a commercial and industrial city in the heart of a great agricultural state, it is also known for its educational, cultural, philanthropic, and religious institutions.

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