Simpson University

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Simpson University
Simpson University Logo.png
MottoGateway to World Service[1]
AffiliationChristian and Missionary Alliance
Endowment$5.87 million (2016)[2]
PresidentRobin Dummer
ProvostGayle Copeland
Academic staff
245 (Fall 2016)
Administrative staff
131 (Fall 2016)
Students1,012 (Fall 2016)
Undergraduates790 (Fall 2016)
Postgraduates222 (Fall 2016)
Location, ,
ColorsRed and Black
NicknameRed Hawks

Simpson University, named after Albert Benjamin Simpson, is a private, liberal arts college. It was originally founded in 1921 by W.W. Newberry in the state of Washington. After being initially relocated to San Francisco in the mid fifties, it was moved to its current location of Redding, California, in 1989.


Simpson University, named after a pioneer of bible institutes Albert Benjamin Simpson, was established in 1921. Created by W.W. Newberry with the intent of promoting spiritual growth and Christian service in its students, the school initially only offered two-year programs. By 1945 though, it had expanded its offering and also became the official western regional school of The Christian and Missionary Alliance, whose members make up the largest population of the schools students. By 1971 the university was large enough to offer in-depth liberal arts programs, professional degrees, and biblical courses. Then in 1989, due to a major increase in enrollment, work started on its current campus location, which is still an ongoing project to this day[3]



First Time Freshmen (Undergraduate)[4]
2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
Students Applied 561 627 620 598 573
Students Accepted 312 331 321 343 318
Acceptance Rate 56% 53% 52% 57% 55%


Simpson offers many degrees at both the graduate and undergraduate level. It also contains a school of nursing, Seminary, and various adult studies programs.[5]


  • Accounting
  • Bible and Theology
  • Biology (Pre-Health-Career Paths)
  • Business Administration
  • Communication Studies
  • Cross-Cultural Studies
  • English
  • English for Teachers
  • History
  • Liberal Studies (Elementary Education)
  • Math
  • Math for Teachers Major
  • Ministry
  • Music
  • Music (Liberal Arts)
  • Nursing
  • Outdoor Leadership
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Spanish
  • Social Science
  • Social Science for Teachers
  • World Missions
  • Youth Ministries
  • Undecided


  • Counseling Psychology
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Education
  • Teaching
  • Preliminary Administrative Services
  • Single Subject Teaching
  • Multiple Subject Teaching
  • Professional Development for Teachers

Adult studies[edit]

  • Business Management
  • Liberal Studies
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Psychology
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Psychology


  • Master of Divinity
  • M.A. in Ministry Leadership
  • Certificate Programs


  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Step-Up



Originally, while still located in San Francisco, the school's athletes were the Knights. After the school moved to Redding, though, there was a conflict with nearby Shasta College, who were also the Knights. Simpson remained the Knights for the first year in Redding, and in 1990 adopted Vanguard as its mascot. In the fall of 2004, Simpson again changed its mascot to a Red Hawk.


Simpson University teams, nicknamed the Red Hawks, are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the California Pacific Conference (CalPac). It also competed as a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) from 1991 to 2015. The athletic department offers multiple sports programs for both men and women.[6]


  • Wrestling
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Baseball
  • Golf
  • Cross-Country


  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Cross-Country
  • Volleyball
  • Golf
  • Basketball


Between 1999 and 2017, Simpson has won the Cal Pac Sportsmanship award, which is chosen by the conference's coaches and administrators, 7 times.[7] The women's softball team also won the school's first conference title, male or female, in the 2011 Cal-Pac Conference Championship. The university has also had three women's teams make it to the NCCAA National Championship, including volleyball in 1999, basketball in 2002, and softball in 2015.[citation needed]

Notable Faculty and Staff[edit]

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


  1. ^ University, Simpson. "Mission, Vision, and Values | SimpsonU". Retrieved 2017-03-25.
  2. ^ "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2016 Endowment Market Value and Change* in Endowment Market Value from FY2015 to FY2016" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-02-15. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  3. ^ "History". Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Undergraduate Admissions" (PDF). Retrieved 21 December 2017.
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Coordinates: 40°36′47″N 122°19′59″W / 40.613°N 122.333°W / 40.613; -122.333