Simpson University, California’s only Christian university north of Sacramento, has been educating and shaping world-influencers for nearly 100 years. Fully accredited, Simpson offers 25 liberal arts and professional studies degrees, an adult degree-completion program, graduate studies, and credential programs, serving about 900 students a year.
One of four schools of higher education of The Christian and Missionary Alliance denomination, Simpson’s students come from all over the world—the majority from California. More than 30 percent of traditional undergraduates are first-generation college students, and ethnic diversity characterizes almost one-third of the population.
Nearly two-thirds of Simpson’s full-time faculty members hold the highest degree in their field of study and come from major universities around the U.S. They are award-winning scholars, writers, and composers who choose to be in an academic environment where they can integrate faith and learning. With a ratio of one professor for every 11 students, Simpson offers an intensely personal classroom experience. Students are encouraged to engage in original research projects with professors, resulting in publications and national presentations that boost their graduate school and career prospects.
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Simpson University engages students in rigorous education from the moment they step on campus, with a hands-on approach to making sure each student succeeds.
“My professors have gone above and beyond to meet with me when I have questions and have also become mentors and resources for my graduate school pursuit.” – Rachel Last, Biology major, class of 2018
“My degree is preparing me to communicate with others and make communities better. I can help people not only academically but also spiritually.” – Juliana Valencia, Spanish Language and Culture major, class of 2019
Simpson’s signature CORE classes, required of all students, are designed to teach students to engage in cross-disciplinary dialogue as they confront issues facing the current generation. In keeping with the university’s deeply Christian heritage, these courses draw inspiration from the cross of Christ. Team-taught by faculty from different disciplines, the courses create a thought-provoking blend of topics, such as “Jesus and Aldo Leopold: Ecotheology, faith, and practice.”
Simpson University’s close faculty-to-student ratio facilitates multiple undergraduate research opportunities. Professors in various fields—including biology, psychology, history, and more—work with students to conduct original research projects that are sometimes selected for professional conferences. One example is the Iron Mountain Mine Research and Environmental Education Project, started by a biology professor in 2013. This ongoing work by students and faculty is aimed at cleaning up acid mine drainage at a toxic EPA “Superfund” site west of Redding. Students have twice been selected to present their research from this project at the National Council on Undergraduate Research’s annual conference.
One annual spring highlight is the Student Research Symposium, which features multiple presentations by students from all disciplines. Started in 2011 as a faculty initiative, the symposium emulates a professional academic research symposium at which scholars present their work in a formal setting before peers, faculty and staff, and the local community.
MAY TERM/STUDY ABROAD
Simpson offers multiple study abroad opportunities through the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities’ semester and summer programs as well as an Immersion Service and Adventure Semester. May Term courses are also an option; in 2018, a three-week marine biology course included a field trip to the Humboldt Bay on the Northern California coast.
The number of sections of each class size.
2-9: 91 | 10-19: 46 | 20-29: 28
30-39: 12 | 40-49: 5 | 50-99: 3 | 100+: 0
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Nonresident aliens: 1%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 4%
White, non-Hispanic: 59%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 3%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 4%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 1%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 9%
Faculty works closely with students who want to personalize their major, matching their interests and skills with courses and a program of study uniquely suited to them.
The First-Year Experience class walks all newcomers through acclimating to college life and provides opportunities for connection and mentoring.
One of Simpson University’s most distinctive majors is Outdoor Leadership, which is designed to prepare students for leadership careers in adventure-based outdoor programs. The university’s location makes it ideal for the program, as students are able to practice multiple outdoor skills in beautiful settings close to campus. The major includes an Immersion Semester, where students take several trips into the backcountry in locations such as Yosemite National Park, Joshua Tree National Park, Lassen Volcanic National Park, Crater Lake National Park, and more.
BETTY M. DEAN SCHOOL OF NURSING
Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, Simpson’s bachelor’s degree program in nursing continues to grow in popularity. Students utilize state-of-the-art simulation labs (also used by area hospitals for staff training) in the university’s newest building, the Science and Nursing Center. With a mission to “model the head, hands, and heart of Jesus Christ,” the School of Nursing offers students the opportunity for medical missions trips as well as clinical work at multiple local healthcare facilities.
SPECIAL STUDY OPTIONS
Programs available at this institution.
Simpson University’s long-standing motto is “Gateway to World Service.” As the school has grown from a Bible institute founded in 1921 to a university offering traditional undergraduate, degree completion, graduate, and teaching credential programs, this motto remains a driving force in the life of the college.
Twice a week, the Simpson community gathers for chapel, which is alive with student-led worship and a variety of speakers who share testimonies and offer thoughtful challenges on how to be Christ-followers in today’s world.
Backed by its rich history of educating men and women for missionary service, Simpson re-launched student-led mission teams in 1994. And since then, more than 1,700 students have served on spring and summer teams throughout nearly 30 percent of the world. Students help in orphanages, churches, camps, and other ministries. The WorldSERVE program is a yearlong discipleship journey that invests in and challenges students as they prepare for short-term mission service. A number of those students have gone on to full-time missionary service as a result of their experience while at Simpson.
DAY OF SERVICE
Soon after the start of each school year in the fall, the campus participates in a Day of Service. Students, staff, and faculty gather on a Saturday morning and travel to multiple locations throughout the county to help with yardwork, painting, weeding, cleaning, sorting, and more.
VETERANS SUCCESS CENTER
Simpson University offers personalized services to student veterans, including a dedicated center on campus for them to study, seek resources, and hang out with other veterans. The Veterans Success Center, launched in 2016, has been welcomed and supported by the local community as well, with many generous donations made to support the university’s efforts.
The Office of Student Engagement works closely with students in multiple activities outside of the classroom for fun, fellowship, leadership, and more. Simpson encourages student initiative and creativity, whether it be in clubs, intramural sports, service projects, or such events as “Exposure,” the university’s annual student film festival.
Percent of students living on campus.
First-time, first-year (freshman) students: 79%
Campus housing options.
Simpson University takes seriously its mission to develop “each student in mind, faith, and character for a lifetime of meaningful work and service.” Simpson graduates live and serve around the world as nurses, CEOs, pastors, teachers, accountants, entertainers, journalists, lawyers, missionaries, musicians, and more.
Students have multiple opportunities at Simpson to participate in internships, which pair excellently alongside their ePortfolios and have capstone course options. Creativity is encouraged, and students can see real results unfold in front of them! In fact, a recent senior project by an Outdoor Leadership major resulted in the construction of a ropes course on campus.
The university’s career services office walks students through four steps that include self-discovery, career exploration, creating a career plan, and preparing for a career.
Rigor of secondary school record | Academic GPA | Standardized test scores
Character/personal qualities | Religious affiliation/commitment
Class rank | Application Essay | Recommendation(s) | Level of applicant’s interest
Interview | Extracurricular activities | Talent/ability
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th Percentile: 440 | 75th Percentile: 555
25th Percentile: 420 | 75th Percentile: 550
25th Percentile: 18 | 75th Percentile: 24
Tuition & Cost