Simpson University

This article is about the college in California. For the college in Iowa refer to Simpson College.
Simpson University
Type Private
Established 1921
Affiliation Christian and Missionary Alliance
Academic staff
Students 1,300
Location Redding, CA, USA
Campus Suburban
Mascot Red Hawks

Simpson University is a private, liberal arts college located on a 92-acre (37 ha) campus in Redding, California.


Simpson University was founded in 1921 as Simpson Bible Institute by W.W. Newberry, who served as its first president. Established in Seattle, Washington, the school was named in honor of Albert Benjamin Simpson (1843–1919), a Presbyterian minister who pioneered the Bible institute movement during the late nineteenth century and founded the Christian and Missionary Alliance. Initially offering a two-year program of study, the school was designed to promote spiritual growth and prepare students for Christian life and service, especially overseas. As the 1926 catalog stated: "Seattle is several hundred miles nearer to China than any other trade routes across the Pacific...if this is the gateway through which the blessed gospel must reach millions yet in darkness, it is an ideal place to train and equip those who shall carry it to these needy souls..." By 1940, Simpson was offering a choice of programs: Theology, Missiology and Bible/Music. By 1941, it had officially become the western regional school of the C&MA. In 1955, the school moved to San Francisco, and its name was changed to Simpson Bible College since it was now granting bachelor's degrees. Over the years, the college continued to broaden its academic offerings so that by the time the half-century mark was reached in 1971, it had become a more comprehensive liberal arts college offering professional as well as biblical studies. That same year, the name was changed to Simpson College.In 1968, the college was granted regional accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Another historic milestone was passed in 1989 when Simpson relocated to its current location in Redding and began building a new campus, which is still a work in progress. Since the move, undergraduate enrollment has more than doubled. Graduate programs (including the School of Education and A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary) have been established, and the Continuing Studies (ASPIRE) program was added.


Simpson offers undergraduate bachelor's degrees in: Accounting; Bible and Theology; Biology; Business Administration; Communication, (with 6 specializations); Cross-Cultural Studies; Discipleship and Education Ministries; English; English for Teachers; General Ministries; History; Liberal Studies; Mathematics; Mathematics for Teachers; Music - (with Composition, Performance or Worship specialization); Music - Liberal Arts; Nursing; Outdoor Leadership; Pastoral Studies; Psychology; Social Science; Social Science for Teachers; World Missions; and Youth Ministries.

The A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary opened in the fall semester of 2007, offering graduate degrees in divinity and leadership.

Simpson's Graduate program offers: Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology; Master of Arts in Education; Master of Arts in Education - Korea; Master of Arts in Teaching.

The Credentialing Program offers: Single Subject Teaching Credential as well as Multi Subject Teaching Credential.

University Profile

Freshman Profile

Average SAT score (Middle 50%)	  910-2300
Average unweighted high school GPA	  3.38
Males	  37%
Female	  63%
California natives	  78%
Countries	  Burkina Faso, Canada, Kenya,
Germany, South Korea
Number applied	 662
Number enrollment	  145
Freshman Retention Fall 2005-Fall 2006	  73%
Total enrolled	  1143
Men	  260
Women	  383
Total undergraduate	  861
Traditional undergraduate	  678
ASPIRE	  183
Total graduate	  187
Undergraduate ethnic minority citizens	  19%
Number of denominations represented	  21
States represented	  12
Total faculty	  121
Full-time	  39
Part-time	  82
Student to faculty ratio	  16:1
Total staff	  142
Full-time	  96
Part-time	  46
Staff to student ratio	  9:1
Degrees awarded (2005–2006)	 
Bachelor's	  269
Master's	  31
Financial Aid	 
Total Scholarships/Grants	 $8,626,025
Federal	  $1,580,562
State	  $2,412,555
Other external scholarships/grants	  $142,145
Institutional	  $4,490,763
Total SELF HELP	  $3,931,095
Athletic awards	  $514,750
Percent of eligible undergraduate 	 
 students receiving any form of 	 
 financial aid	  99%


Simpson University teams, nicknamed athletically as the Red Hawks, are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the California Pacific Conference (CalPac). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer and wrestling; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball and volleyball.

Simpson began its intercollegiate athletic program with a men's basketball team in the 1950s. Today the Simpson University athletic program has a dual membership in the NAIA and the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA).

Their mascot,the Red Hawk, was chosen by student vote in the early 2000s. Before that they were the Vanguard, which was selected shortly after Simpson College relocated from San Francisco in 1989 to Redding, California, partly because the local community college, Shasta College has the Knights as their mascot. Previously, they were called the Knights while in San Francisco. In the fall of 2004, the mascot was changed to the Red Hawks.

Simpson has won the Cal Pac Sportsmanship award numerous times. (source) This award is chosen by the conference's coaches and administrators. Simpson University has had three NCCAA National Champion teams (volleyball in 1999, women's basketball in 2002 and 2015 Women's Softball). The women's softball team won the 2011 Cal-Pac Conference Championship making them the first team in school history in any sport, male or female to win a conference title.

Notable Faculty and Staff

Dr. Daniel R. Berger, Author Speaking the Truth in Love
Mysterious Romantic Wonder: Engaging Philosophy,
and Oral Interpretation of the Bible
Dr. Craig J. Slane, Author Bonhoeffer as Martyr

Coordinates: 40°36′47″N 122°19′59″W / 40.613°N 122.333°W / 40.613; -122.333

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