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Simpson College

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About Simpson College

Simpson College is a four-year, coeducational, private liberal arts college located in Indianola, IOWA. It was built in 1860 and is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Normally, the college operates on an academic track with one three-week term and two four-month semesters in May. This allows for focused study on or off campus. Recently, it has around 1,817 undergraduate students with an additional 49 graduate students. According to U.S. News and World Report, it was ranked as one of the top 10 comprehensive colleges in the Midwest. Moreover, the current president of the college is John W. Byrd.

Campus information

Athletic Facilities

  • Attending camp at Simpson gives you access to some of the best athletic facilities in the Iowa Conference. Many of Simpson’s facilities have been recently renovated to provide a positive experience for players and fans alike.
  • Simpson’s main indoor facilities, the Cowles Center and the Carse Fitness Center, house a variety of different amenities for training, strength and conditioning, and recreation. Simpson’s indoor facilities include a competition field house for volleyball and basketball, 5000 square-foot weight room, racquetball courts, a 25-meter swimming pool, a wrestling room, and locker rooms.
  • All Simpson Volleyball Camps are conducted in the Cowles Center. Up to seven volleyball courts are available for camp sessions. Players and coaches attending camp have the opportunity to train and to interact within one facility.
  • Simpson College provides a camp experience on one of the most beautiful college campuses within the state of Iowa.

To get through from Des Moines to Simpson College, first of all you should head south on Hwy 65-69 (Jefferson Way) to Girard Street. Turn right onto Girard and proceed west (6 blocks) to D Street. Turn left on D Street. The Cowles Center is located on D Street adjacent to the football field. On street parking is available. In addition, parking lots are available on D Street near the Cowles Center.


Buxton Hall

Buxton Hall, located at 606 N E, provides co-educational suite-style housing for 134 upper- division students. The large four-person rooms share a bathroom with the adjoining same-sex suite. Buxton Hall rooms also have the luxury of a sleeping area that is separate from the rest of the room. Built in 1967 and renovated in 1998 and 1999, Buxton Hall is adjacent to Blank-Pote Theatre and Picken Hall and near Carse Fitness Center and the Kent Campus Center. Buxton Hall is an alcohol-free building. 

Additional amenities of Buxton Hall include:

  • Individual room thermostat controls
  • Lounge/study area
  • Laundry facilities
  • Vending
  • A kitchen area
  • Computer room on the first floor.
  • Typical Buxton common room size: 13’1″ x 19’2″
  • Typical Buxton walkable common room size: 8’9″ x 17’1″

Picken Hall

Built in 1988, Picken Hall is a co-educational facility housing 94 upper- division students. It is located at 605 N D.Most rooms are set up as two-person suite-style rooms that share a bathroom with the room next door. Four rooms on the lower level are triple rooms with a community bath. Picken Hall is adjacent to Carse Fitness Center and Blank-Pote Theatre and near Kent Campus Center. Picken Hall is an alcohol-free building.

Additional amenities of Picken Hall include:

  • A study area and a computer room on first floor
  • Laundry facilities
  • Vending
  • TV lounge on the lower level
  • Typical Picken room size: 11’2″ x 15′
  • Typical Picken walkable room size: 11’2″ x 12’4″


Simpson College owns seven apartment buildings: Clinton, Colonial, Detroit, Hamilton, Station Square, Washington, and Weinman. The apartments are primarily designated for students in their junior or senior years. Occasionally a sophomore may be able to get into an apartment through the housing lottery process but they remain unavailable for first-year students.

All apartments offer standard amenities which include:

  • Couch
  • Arm Chair
  • Coffee Table
  • Desk and Chairs
  • Dressers
  • Beds and Mattresses
  • Closets
  • Dining room table and Chairs
  • Window Blinds
  • Carpet/Linoleum
  • Oven Range
  • Full-size refrigerator
  • Dual sink in kitchen
  • Kitchen cabinets
  • Air conditioning
  • Internet ports for each resident
  • Laundry facilities


The Clinton Apartments, acquired by the College in 2007, will house residential students for the first time in the Fall of 2008. Located at 701 West Clinton, these apartments are located 1 block West of the Hamilton apartments and across from Irving Elementary.  Each side of this apartment building have 18 apartments will house two to four upper-division students in one and two-bedroom units. 

Additional amenities of Clinton include:

  • New carpet, windows, paint, updated bathrooms and appliances
  • Dishwasher
  • Balconies on 2nd and 3rd floor apartments


Colonial Apartments, located at 504 North Buxton Street, is directly across from the Amy Robertson Music Center and next door to Washington Apartments. Acquired in 1993, this building houses two to four upper division students per apartment in 14 one- and two-bedroom units. Each apartment has one bathroom. This building, being close to heart of campus and having spacious parking, is highly desired by Simpson students. Colonial Floor Plan

Additional amenities of Colonial include:

  • Outdoor charcoal grill
  • Bike racks


Washington Apartments, located at 500 North Buxton Street, is directly across from the Amy Robertson Music Center and next door to Colonial Apartments. Acquired in 1993, this building houses 2-4 upper division students per apartment in 12 one- and two-bedroom units. Each apartment has one bathroom. Being close to the heart of campus and having spacious parking, this building is highly desired by Simpson students.  

Additional amenities of Washington include:

  • Locked storage closet in the hallway
  • Outdoor charcoal grill


Station Square Apartments, located at 100 East Detroit, is directly across from the Simpson College Campus Services Office and Goodwill Store. Acquired in 2003, this building contains 22 4-person apartments and one 2-person apartment. Each apartment has two bathrooms. This building has been designated as alcohol-free and 24-hour quiet hours are in effect during the academic year. The large rooms, extra bathroom, and added amenities make this building the one of the most popular among upper-division students. Residents may also have the option to rent a garage during the school year; that process is coordinated by the Apartment Area Coordinator. 

Additional amenities of Station Square include:

  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Elevator access
  • Patios and balconies
  • Bike racks


Hamilton House Apartments, located at 501 West Clinton, is kiddy-corner from Bill Buxton Stadium and across from Irving Elementary School. Acquired in 1986 and renamed in honor of former Simpson College President, William E. Hamilton, this building contains 12 four-person apartments. Each apartment has one bathroom. The location of Hamilton House is perfect for students who want to be close to campus but somewhat removed. Additional amenities of Hamilton include:

  • Most units have balconies (on 2nd and 3rd floor)
  • Dishwashers
  • Outdoor charcoal grill
  • Bike racks


Weinman Apartments, located at 501 North E Street, is on the corner of Detroit and E Street and next door to Detroit Street Apartments. Acquired in 1993, this building was renamed in honor of the Weinman family. Containing 11 four-person apartments and one two-person apartment, this building is a short walk from campus. Each apartment has one bathroom, and had new bathrooms and kitchens installed in 2013.

Additional amenities of Weinman include:

  • Outdoor charcoal grill
  • Dishwasher in each unit
  • Bike rack

Note: There are no lights in the bedrooms of Weinman, so it is strongly suggested that you bring lamps for those rooms.


Detroit Street Apartments, located at 608/700/702 Detroit Street, were acquired in 1993. They are comprised of three separate apartment buildings that make up the Detroit apartment community. Buildings 608 and 700 both contain 4 four-person apartments and one three-person apartment. Building 702 contains 4 four-person apartments. Each apartment has one bathroom. The Detroit apartments are a short walk from campus but have spacious parking opportunities. 

Additional amenities of Detroit include:

  • Outdoor charcoal grill
  • Bike rack


Courses available 10

Accounting & Finance 2 Applied, Pure Sciences 2 Business, Management 1 Computer Science, IT 1 Creative Arts & Design 1 English Language 1 Humanities & Social Sciences 1 Mass Communication & Media 1


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