Simpson College is a small school with approximately 1300 full-time students and nearly 500 part-time students.
Simpson has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top 10 regional liberal-arts colleges. 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 performance held during the summer. Operas are normally performed in English.
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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