Moving to Simpson College


So you’re about to move to Simpson College!  Founded in 1860 by the Iowa United Methodist Church, Simpson sits in Indianola, 12 miles south of Des Moines.  It is an undergraduate liberal arts school.  Prepare to hit the books on this pleasant 85-acre campus!  Here are some Simpson facts and moving tips for your journey:


Simpson College is recognized for its impressive programs by Peterson’s Competitive Colleges and U.S. News and World Report.  Over 85 percent of professors have the highest degrees in their field, and the student-professor ratio is 13 to 1.  Simpson has 80 majors, minors and programs.  Their programs include:

    • Dentistry
    • Engineering
    • Law
    • Medicine
    • Nursing
    • Optometry
    • Pharmacy
    • Physical Therapy
    • Theology/Ministry
  • Veterinary Medicine

Students take what’s called The Simpson Colloquium their first semester, which is designed to adjust them to campus life.  The curriculum works Embedded Skills into many courses.  Their purpose is to prepare students to be innovative problem-solvers in the future.

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Residence Life

There are
two first-year residence halls at Simpson–Kresge Hall and Barker Hall.  Both were built in the mid-1900s and have since been renovated.  Each hall is equipped with:

  • double, triple and quad rooms
  • individual room thermostat controls
  • lounges/study areas
  • laundry facilities
  • computer rooms
  • kitchen areas
  • community restrooms

So what can you bring to your dorm?  Simpson provides a list of dos and don’ts here.  You can get involved in residence life through the Student Staff, Area Councils and RHA.

Clubs are a great way to meet friends and feel more at home in college.  Simpson has the following:

  • Academic Clubs (15)
  • Service Organizations (12)
  • Greek Life (10)
  • Multicultural (8)
  • Religious Life (7)
  • Honor Societies (5)
  • Student Media (4)
  • Language Clubs (3)

Getting Around During School

Most of college life is spent on campus.  Whether you’re in class, studying, eating or socializing with friends, Simpson will become your home away from home.  However, everyone needs to get away from home every now and then. If you’re without a car, uhaulcarshare can help you out.  Need to go to a store off-campus or even take a short trip for a couple of days?  You only need your valid driver’s license to reserve a quality car at a low hourly or daily rate.

Moving to Simpson Collegemoving

There’s nothing like a road trip to start out your college experience.  If you’re planning on driving over to Simpson, consider a U-Haul moving truck or trailer.  The extra space will protect your belongings, as well as make the ride more comfortable for you.  If you have seasonal clothing or sporting equipment that just won’t fit in your dorm, you can rent your own storage unit.  This way you know your belongings are safe, and your dorm can be clutter-free.  If you don’t know where to start with your college move, here are some tips to make the process easier.

How did you make your move to Simpson College easier?  Tell us in the comments below!

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