Simpson College is ranked among the nation’s most prestigious liberal arts colleges, highlighted by a No. 9 ranking for earnings and a No. 13 ranking for service in Washington Monthly’s 2021 College Guide and Rankings

Simpson ranked No. 61 on the list of national liberal arts colleges and No. 2 in Iowa. Simpson also appeared on the Best Bang For Your Buck rankings among Midwest colleges, a measure of how well schools help non-wealthy students obtain marketable degrees at affordable prices. 

Washington Monthly ranks schools based on their contribution to the public good in three equally weighted categories: social mobility, research, and community and national service. Click here for Washington Monthly’s methodology.

Simpson’s lofty earnings ranking is based on the large share of students who can support themselves financially after graduation. Data shows that 91 percent of Simpson graduates earned at least 150 percent of the federal poverty line three years after graduating. 

To determine service rankings, Washington Monthly took into account participation in AmeriCorps and Peace Corps, support programs available to service veterans and federal work-study grant money spent on community service projects, among other factors. Simpson ranked No. 25 in AmeriCorps and Peace Corps participation and No. 31 for its selection of service-oriented majors.

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