Undergraduate First-Time Freshman Admissions Process and Requirements

A first-time freshman is a student who will be graduating high school in the academic year before enrolling at Simpson University or has 30 or fewer college semester units.

Application Process

1. Apply Online

  • Submit your online application
  • For first-time users, hit the "Sign Up" link to create a username and password.
  • You can start today, save your work, and go back at any point to review your application and make changes before submitting.
  • Have questions? Call 530.226.4606 for assistance.

2. Transcripts

  • Submit official* secondary or high school transcripts.
  • Submit official* college transcripts from ALL previously attended colleges/universities.
  • Submit transcripts to:
  • Simpson University
    Office of Undergraduate Admissions
    2211 College View Drive
    Redding, CA 96003

*Transcripts are considered official when sent directly to Simpson University from your current high school or college. Final official high school transcripts must be submitted upon completion of your high school requirements and must include graduation date.

3. Send SAT and/or ACT scores to Simpson University

  • SAT college code: 4698
  • ACT college code: 0430

4. File the FAFSA

  • Submit the FAFSA. Simpson's school code is 001291.
  • FAFSA registration for the 2020-2021 school year opens on Oct. 2, 2019.
  • The FAFSA helps us determine how much financial aid you will qualify for.
  • For priority awarding fill out the FAFSA by March 2, 2020.

Admissions Requirements

  • 3.0 minimum unweighted High School GPA
  • 910 SAT score (Math and Critical Reading combined) OR 17 ACT composite score
  • Must have graduated from high school or earned an equivalent (GED)

Prospective Science and Nursing Majors

  • Recommended to have Algebra II, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics
  • 3.2 minimum unweighted high school GPA
  • 560 Math SAT
  • 20 Math ACT

Provisional Acceptance

Students who do not meet the standard academic admission requirements, yet show academic promise and potential, may be provisionally admitted to the university. Students who are provisionally accepted are limited to taking 13 credits during their first semester. In addition they must meet with the Academic Success Center to establish an academic contract at the beginning of the semester. Contracts will require a meeting with Academic Advising. In addition, contracts may include other requirements such as additional meetings, academic workshop attendance, study skills training, and other activities as deemed necessary. In this way contracts will be individualized to support the needs and situation of each student.

Students must finish their first semester with a grade point average of 2.1 or higher. Students who do not meet the above requirements their first semester may be placed on provisional status (or other academic status) for a second semester. Students who successfully meet the above requirements are granted full acceptance into the university.