Undergraduate Admissions Process and Requirements

The Simpson University undergraduate application process begins online. Create a simpsonyou account, your Simpson University personal admissions webpage. Then you can begin the application process. You can start the application, save your work, and later go back to review your application and make changes before submitting.

A first-time freshman is a student who is in high school or who has graduated from high school and has never taken any college courses.

Application Checklist

  • Complete and submit your online application
    • Submit a one time, non-refundable $25 application fee
  • Choose who will be your reference for a Spiritual Recommendation
    • You may choose whether your recommendation will be submitted online or by paper
  • Request to have your SAT or ACT scores sent to Simpson University
    • The college code for SAT is 4698
    • The college code for ACT is 0430
  • Request your official high school transcripts
    • Transcripts are considered official when sent directly to Simpson University from your current high school. Final official transcripts must be submitted upon completion of your high school requirements and must include graduation date.
    • High School Transcript Request Form (PDF)

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Simpson University
2211 College View Drive
Redding, CA 96003

Admissions Standards

Our criteria for admission are based on the university's desire and commitment for each student to find success in their academic endeavors at Simpson University.

  • 4.0 to a minimum 2.75 (B-) unweighted high school GPA
    • Our average unweighted high school GPA for incoming freshman is 3.5
  • 1000 combined Critical Reading and Math SAT score or 21 Composite ACT score*
    • Our average Critical Reading / Math SAT score for incoming freshman is 1100. The average Composite ACT is 23.
  • Must have graduated from high school or earned an equivalent (GED)
  • The following is a recommended high school curriculum for incoming freshmen:
    • 4 years of English
    • 3 years of Math
    • 3 years of Social Science
    • 2 years of Science
    • 2 years of Foreign Language
    • 1 year of History
    • Fine Arts and PE Electives

Prospective Biology and Nursing majors are recommended to have Algebra II, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. A minimum 3.2 unweighted high school GPA, 530 Math SAT and 410 Critical Reading SAT, or 20 Math ACT and 16 English ACT are required for standard admission review.

*Students whose GPA and SAT (or ACT) are below standard requirements will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the Admissions Committee.

Application Checklist

A transfer is a student who has graduated from high school and who has earned college credits.

  • Complete and submit your online application
    • Submit a one time, non-refundable $25 application fee
  • Choose who will be your reference for a Spiritual Recommendation
    • You may choose whether your recommendation will be submitted online or by paper
  • Request to have all official transcripts of previous colleges attended sent to Simpson University. Transcripts are considered official when sent directly to Simpson University from your college of attendance.
    • Must have graduated from high school or earned an equivalent (GED)
    • If you have completed fewer than 24 college semester units: Request to have your SAT or ACT scores sent to Simpson University.
      • The college code for SAT is 4698
      • The college code for ACT is 0430
    • If you have completed fewer than 60 college semester units: Request to have your final official high school transcripts sent to Simpson University.

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Simpson University
2211 College View Drive
Redding, CA 96003

Admissions Standards

Our criteria for admission are based on the university's desire and commitment for each student to find success in their academic endeavors at Simpson University.

  • Standard admissions requirements for transfer students with fewer than 24 units:
    • 4.0 to a minimum 2.50 (C+) unweighted high school GPA
    • 1000 combined Critical Reading and Math SAT scores or 21 Composite ACT score*
  • Standard admissions requirements for transfer students with more than 24 units:
    • 4.0 to a minimum 2.50 (C+) GPA for all transferable college credits.
  • Standard admission requirements for Nursing major transfer students:
    • 2.8 GPA for all college credits and prerequisite specific credits

*Students whose GPA and SAT (or ACT) are below standard requirements will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by an interview with the Director of Admissions and/or by the Admissions Committee.

Although there are not specific course requirements, it is strongly recommended that each transferring student complete college level English Composition and/or Literature as well as Algebra and/or statistics.

How Classes Transfer

All courses must have a “C” (2.0) or higher. Each general education course is evaluated for breadth of knowledge and transferred in accordingly by the Office of the Registrar.

Simpson University welcomes international students from many different countries.

An international applicant is any applicant that is not a U.S. citizen nor an eligible non citizen. If you are a U.S. citizen, even if you are currently living outside the U.S., or if you are not a U.S. citizen but a an eligible non citizen, you do not qualify as an international student.

Admissions Checklist

  • Complete and submit your online application
    • Submit a one time, non-refundable $25 application fee
  • Choose who will be your reference for a Spiritual Recommendation
    • You may choose whether your recommendation will be submitted online or by paper
  • Request to have an official copy of either TOEFL (non-English speaking countries), SAT or ACT scores sent to Simpson University.
    • A minimum score of 500 on the critical reading section is required. The college code for SAT is 4698
    • The college code for ACT is 0430
    • The TOEFL core requirement is 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, or 79-80 internet-based. Visit toefl.org for more information.
  • Submit an official document or record that reflects 12 years of primary and secondary schooling, mailed directly to Simpson from the schools attended or from the Ministry of Education of the students country of residence. A transcript evaluation from a foreign evaluation service may be required.
  • Submit a declaration and certification of finances:
    • International students must have a guaranteed means of support to study in the United States for their entire college career
    • Simpson will issue the I-20 form after full acceptance to the University and adequate confirmation of the guaranteed means of support has been received.
  • Declaration and certification of finances must be provided through an “affidavit of sponsor.” The following affidavit form should be completed after you have turned in all other application materials and have received a preliminary estimate of institutional grants and scholarships from Simpson. The affidavit of sponsor must be completed by whomever will be providing financial support throughout your college career. He/She should include supporting documents (copies of bank statements, savings accounts, etc.) that provide evidence that the sponsor has necessary disposable income to afford your cost of tuition for each semester. This form is not complete until it has been legally notarized. Affidavit of Sponsor Form (PDF)