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Simpson College

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For the college in Redding, California associated with the Christian and Missionary Alliance, see Simpson University.

Simpson College is a college situated in Indianola, Iowa.

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Simpson College is a four-year, coeducational liberal arts institution that is affiliated with the United Methodist Church, and was founded in 1860. It is a small school with approximately 1300 full-time students and nearly 500 part-time students. In addition to the main campus in Indianola, the college has classroom facilities in West Des Moines and Ankeny.

Simpson has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top 10 comprehensive colleges in the Midwest. In the 2004 report, Simpson College was named number 1 in the "Best Value" category for midwestern comprehensive colleges.

The Des Moines Metro Opera makes its home on the Simpson Campus with performances held during the summer. Operas are normally performed in English.

Notable Students

Simpson College was the first college attended by George Washington Carver. Carver entered Simpson as an art major, but became interested in the natural sciences. Carver left Simpson College to complete his undergraduate education at Iowa State College (now Iowa State University). Both schools have buildings named in his honor.


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