Simpson University Degree-Completion Program Receives Top Ranking

REDDING, Calif.— Simpson University has been awarded top ranking status for Best Colleges In California by, including Best for Adult Degree Completion.

Simpson University was listed among thousands of public institutions in the nation, and the comprehensive research guide is based on an assessment of 2,277 accredited colleges and universities. Each university is evaluated based on curriculum quality, graduation rate, reputation, and post-graduate employment. 

Out of 190 colleges reviewed in California, Simpson University was listed at No. 37 and “Best for Adult Degree Completion.”

The reviewing team said it selected Simpson University for this recognition for several reasons: “Your flexibility and accessibility for students to attend class and complete programs while also maintaining a healthy busy personal life grabbed our attention. You go out of your way to accommodate adults who have a desire to complete their desired education through your online platforms and Degree Completion Program.”

The 2021 rankings are calculated through a unique scoring system which includes student engagement, potential return on investment and leading third party evaluations. analyzed 190 schools, on a scale of 0 to 100, with only 49 making it to the final list. The methodology also uses an algorithm which collects and analyzes multiple rankings into one score to easily compare each university. To access the complete ranking, please visit: 

Simpson University’s Adult Degree Completion Program has a graduation rate higher than 90 percent and offers on-campus and online options for working adults to finish their bachelor’s degree. The university has graduated more than 4,000 North State adults through the program during the past three decades, many of whom serve in top leadership positions in local government, law enforcement, business, nonprofits, and more.

In addition, many degree-completion alumni have continued their education through Simpson University’s master’s-degree programs in Education and Counseling Psychology. The School of Education has graduated more than 3,000 North State adults, many of whom serve as teachers and administrators in the region.

Graduates of Simpson University’s Adult Degree Completion Program repeatedly praise the care and support they received from program staff and faculty, the convenience of the format, and the benefits of moving through the program with a cohort. Learn more at


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About Simpson University

Simpson University, a Christian university founded in 1921, moved to Redding in 1989 and celebrates its centennial in 2021. In addition to offering 20 traditional undergraduate programs, the university has graduated more than 4,000 North State adults from its degree-completion program, and nearly 3,000 from its School of Education. It has a No. 7-ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership. The university has a highly ranked Veterans Success Center and partnership with the Army National Guard. Simpson has launched new programs in digital mediacomputer information systems, and engineering, and recently added athletics programs in track and field, swimming and diving, women’s wrestling, and men’s volleyball, as well as a bass fishing team ranked No. 1 in California and No. 52 in the nation. Simpson University contributes an estimated $50 million annually to Redding’s economy. It offers aggressive scholarships and is working to better serve transfer students from community colleges through its commitment to Associate Degree for Transfer agreements. Learn more about Simpson University at