Simpson College

Simpson College is a private, liberal arts college in Indianola, Iowa, founded in 1860. The college is known for its strong academic programs, vibrant campus culture, and commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Simpson College, located just a few blocks north of the Square, is integral to the energizing vibrancy and growing prosperity of the Indianola community. Perennially ranked as a top value in private liberal arts education, Simpson has something special to offer everyone.

Engage and invigorate the life of the mind during special campus events featuring renowned thought leaders on today’s most vital concerns. Such opportunities include an annual lecture presented by the Culver Center, focused on matters of civic engagement and public service. Better yet, you can advance your career through Simpson’s Continuing, Graduate and Online Education program.

Drone view of Simpson College Stadium and campus
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simpson college football game
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Something for every taste, every season

Looking for entertainment? Boasting a renowned reputation for music and theatrical excellence, Simpson’s performance calendar features a savory menu of choices. Be sure to sample the wide variety of vocal and instrumental ensembles frequently in concert.

Or get your ticket for Simpson Productions, which stages innovative and diverse entertainment, including two fully staged operas each academic year. The hits keep coming with the Des Moines Metropolitan Opera, which makes its home at Simpson every summer.

Most every day — and certainly every season — it’s “game on” at Simpson with 25 women’s and men’s varsity sports in action. You haven’t really lived until you feel the thunder of the Simpson Storm.

Beyond the Storm, there is so much beauty to experience on Simpson’s campus. Stroll through the famous maple trees and immerse yourself in the colors of the season — just as George Washington Carver did in 1890.

Yes, Simpson’s amazing roots go all the way back to its founding in 1860. Originally the Indianola Male and Female Seminary, the institution became Simpson College in 1885 in honor of Matthew Simpson, one of the best-known Methodist bishops of the time.

Today, Simpson offers more than 70 majors and is home to more than 1,100 students. You can learn more about Simpson at