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I was an adultBrightEducation
I was an adult student enrolled in traditional classes. The kids and professors were all very accepting, friendly and helpful. The curriculum was very challenging and professors were adamant that the content was understood by all. Great experience.
5th Year Female -- Class 2014
Education Quality: A+, Useful Schoolwork: B
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I love almost everything about Simpson.Quite BrightSociology
I love almost everything about Simpson. The people there are honestly so incredibly friendly that everyone seems to fit in. Each student is given an advisor to help them with school, transitions etc. Mine invited all of us to her house and made us dinner. If I ever needed anything, I know I could go to her for help.

The Campus itself is beautiful, and only 10 minutes from Des Moines. Although Indianola is not always the most exciting town, Des Moines is.The programs themself are very good in that they allinclude hands on expirience and service learning. As a Soc. major a lot of time has been spent in homeless shelters and other low income areas of DSM- in my opinion, the best way to prepare for a future career.

1st Year Female -- Class 2011
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Surrounding City: C
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Simpson College was a mixed experience.History/Histories (art history/etc.)
Simpson College was a mixed experience. Academically, I was challenged and learned a lot. The teachers were, on the whole, very good. My English and history classes in particular were interesting, challenging and very rewarding. There was a lot of research and writing involved, especially in the history department, but I learned a lot about how to write and how to study. The best thing was that few of my teachers used textbooks. Instead, they used historical texts, novels, and scholarly articles. For anyone who's ever dozed off trying to read a monumentally boring and dry textbook, this was heaven. I really loved their creativity and the hard work they put into every class.

Socially, I didn't make any lasting friends, but I got along. As an older student, it was hard for me to befriend the regular students, most of whom were just out of high school. The student body is very friendly, we just didn't have much in common, partially because most of the student body was lacking intellectual curiosity. Maybe I'm weird, but I get really interested in the things I am studying. I didn't meet any younger students who shared my interest. They were going to school because that's what what you're supposed to do, not because they were particularly interested in it. On the whole, Simpson was a pretty good experience. I loved my teachers, and really enjoyed my classes. The administration staff was (and still is) very helpful. For a private school it's not too expensive, and, in my own experience, well worth it. If you are enthusiastic about learning, take lots of history and English classes. If you are just going to college to get it over with, you'll probably want to avoid those classes as much as you can, because they involve a lot of work. In general, recommended.

Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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