How to Get into Simpson College

This is the go-to guide for getting into Simpson College. We suggest you read until the end... Not only will we layout the exact GPA and test scores you should aim for when applying to Simpson college, but we’ll also offer creative ways to help your application stand out from the pack. We breakdown Simpson college statistics better than any article out there and show you how these have changed over time. Also, make sure to check out Simpson College on CampusReel to see what it’s really like here. Here’s what we’re about to cover:

What GPA do you need to get into Simpson College?

Simpson College’s average GPA is 3.56. Simpson College does require GPA. This average GPA means Simpson College is very selective. Often times, schools in this range are trying to increase their selectivity and “prestige”. We can’t read the minds of Simpson college application readers, but they likely want to increase the average GPA from 3.56 to 3.74 this year - to play it safe, we recommend striving for the 3.74 GPA.

*BEFORE CONTINUING PLEASE NOTE: GPA and “prestige” DO NOT mean a college is right for you. Simpson College may seem amazing on paper, but you may hate it... That’s why 700,000 students transfer colleges every year - they end up going to the wrong school. It’s crucial to watch the videos on CampusReel and make sure you can envision yourself on Simpson college’s campus. These Simpson college admission statistics do not sufficiently tell you what a college or university is like.

What is Simpson College’s acceptance rate?

Last year Simpson College’s acceptance rate was 89.46. However, check out how the acceptance rate has changed over time.

2016 2017 2018
Acceptance Rate 85.0 % 84.0 % 89.46 %

As you can see, Simpson College is a little easier to get into than last year.

Acceptance rate alone does not indicate your likelihood for getting into Simpson college - it’s a very high level understanding of the true competition. Use the acceptance rate as a general guide for curating a list of 10-15 schools that fall into different ranges of competitiveness. Then, use the below data to get a deeper understanding of how your application will compare to the rest of the pool.

Does Simpson College Require Test Scores?

Simpson College requires that you either take the SAT or ACT. See the table below for how Simpson College’s accepted students have performed on both tests. You may be wondering how many test scores should you submit. Generally, don’t freak out about taking the test too often. Industry consensus is that you can submit up to 6 tests as a reasonable limit.

Simpson College SAT Requirements

Simpson College’s average SAT score is 1076 - this is the sum of the math and reading portions of the SAT (the 1600 scale). Check out the below table for a deeper look into how students performed - it’s also very interesting to look at the average test score over time. The trend over time helps give insight into whether Simpson College is getting more or less competitive.

25th Percentile 75th Percentile Average
Math 457 645 551
Reading 460 590 525
2019 Total 917 1235 1076
2018 Total - - -
2017 Total - - -

Simpson College’s average SAT score is 1076. To be a competitive applicant for Simpson College your SAT score should come close to the average. If you’re closer to the 917, you’re likely going to have a tougher time getting accepted. To consider Simpson College a “target” school (one that you are likely to get into) you should aim for a score of 1235.

Simpson College ACT Requirements

Simpson College’s average ACT score is 57. To be a competitive applicant for Simpson College your ACT score should come close to the average. If you’re closer to the 60, you’re likely going to have a tougher time getting accepted. To consider Simpson College a “target” school (one that you have a good chance of getting into) you should aim for a score of 54.

25th Percentile 75th Percentile Average
Math 19 - 19
Reading 20 27 23
Writing 21 27 24
2019 Total 60 54 57
2018 Total - - -
2017 Total - - -

How hard is it to get into Simpson College?

As you can see from the data above, Simpson College is moderately competitive. Not only should you be aiming for a 3.56 but also SAT scores around 1076.

Simpson College Requirements

Now you know where you need to be for getting into Simpson College from a grade and test score perspective. Let’s quickly outline what else you’ll need to provide for your application to get reviewed, and then we’ll move onto the most important section: differentiating your app.

Recommendations Status
School Rank Recommended
GPA Required
School Record Required

How to get into Simpson college

Follow these steps to maximize your chances of getting into Simpson college. Everything you read above will help prepare you for what you need to achieve to have a shot at Simpson college, but these steps will take you even further in applying that knowledge and differentiating your application.

Main Academic Excellence that is in line with Simpson college admission standards.

  1. Score at least a 1076 on the SAT or 57 on the ACT.
  2. Maintain a GPA of at least a 3.56.

Join Extracurriculars that Align with Simpson college’s Values.

  1. Join your school band, a sports team or another group activity. If Simpson College values music heavily, for example, then try to participate in an organization related to that topic.
  2. Volunteer in your hometown. Indianola has tons of ways to be involved beyond just the college. Simpson College wants applicants that are also good ambassadors for the school - they want students who will give back to the local community and broader Indianola area in general.
  3. Spend your summer doing something that speaks to your values, personal growth, leadership qualities and other less quantifiable characteristics. Simpson college needs to see past your test scores and grades - they need to know that you will be a valuable and contributing member of their community. You are more than grades and test scores - your experiences should demonstrate that.

Prepare Your Application

  1. Write a stellar essay that shows Simpson College something they can’t figure out from the other parts of your application. For a detailed guide on writing the best college essay, check this out.
  2. Get teacher recs that speak to your character. If you know what you’re majoring in and include that in your Simpson college app, try to have at least 1 recommendation from a teacher in that department.
  3. Apply Before the Deadline. Too many students wait until the last minute to submit their application, and too much can go wrong during this precious time window. Since many students are applying on the last day, it’s possible that Simpson college’s own system crashes. Don’t risk the added stress this can cause - submit your app a few days early.