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This article is about the college in California. For the college in Iowa refer to Simpson College.
Simpson University
Simpson University Logo.png
Established 1921
Type Private
Religious affiliation Christian and Missionary Alliance
President Larry J. McKinney
Faculty 87
Students 1,000
Location Redding, CA, USA
Campus Suburban
Mascot Red Hawks

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



The college was founded as the Simpson Bible Institute in Seattle in 1921 and named for Dr. Albert B. Simpson, a 19th century Christian evangelist and founder of the Christian and Missionary Alliance. In 1955, the college was moved to Silver Avenue in San Francisco and renamed Simpson Bible College. In 1968, the college was granted regional accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). In 1971, the Bible college curriculum was joined with a liberal arts platform and the institution was renamed Simpson College. The school was relocated to its current campus in Redding in 1989.


Simpson offers undergraduate degree programs through its three divisions: Theology and Ministry, Science and Business, and Humanities. The university also offers graduate degrees in education and Christian ministry. The A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary opened in the fall semester of 2007, offering graduate degrees in Bible and Theology.


Simpson began its intercollegiate athletic program with a men’s basketball team in the 1950’s. Today the Simpson University athletic program has a dual membership in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA). It competes in the California Pacific Conference and in the sports of men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball, and men’s and women’s golf.

Their mascot, the Red Hawk, was selected shortly after Simpson College relocated from San Francisco in 1989 to Redding, CA. Previously, the Knights while in S.F., the name Red Hawks was favored partly because the local community college, Shasta Community College also had Knights as their mascot.

On and off the court/field Simpson College teams strive to show good work ethic and character. Simpson has won the Cal Pac Sportsmanship award numerous times. This award is chosen by the conference's coaches and administrators. Simpson University has had two NCCAA National Champion teams.

Notable alumni & faculty

Dr. Daniel R. Berger, Author Speaking the Truth in Love
Dr. Craig J. Slane, Author Bonhoeffer as Martyr

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