Principia College

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1 Maybeck Place

Elsah, IL 62028

Phone: (618) 374-2131
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#107 Overall Score: 53 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Principia College is a private institution that was founded in 1910. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 489, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 2,600 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Principia College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 107. Its tuition and fees are $25,980 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Principia College is a unique college in that it is the only college in the world whose educational mission is to educate students who are Christian Scientists. Its purpose is to "serve the Cause of Christian Science," as stated by its founder Mary Kimball Morgan in her book, Education at The Principia. The mission of the College, as stated in the Catalog, is to provide students who are Christian Scientists with a comprehensive, co-educational academic program of liberal arts and sciences, leading to a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree. The College is also committed to academic excellence with a profound focus on every aspect of character education, through the development of the spiritual, intellectual, moral, social, and physical development of each student. In this context, Principia offers its students an international perspective and challenges them to be ethically strong in service to the world community. The college campus contains and is surrounded by vast and diverse natural habitat, including forests, prairies, and the great Mississippi River. Situated on limestone bluffs 200 feet above the River, Principia has developed in its years on the 2600-acre site a harmonious blend of pleasant landscaped ground anchoring a variety of English Tudor buildings designed by renowned California architect Bernard Maybeck that provide functional support to the campus community.

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School type private, coed college
Year founded 1910
Religious affiliation Christian Science
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $310,406,984


When applying to Principia College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due March 1. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 86.7 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 86.7%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by March 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Principia College is 7:1. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 84.3 percent.

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Student-faculty ratio 7:1
4-year graduation rate N/A
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
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Student Life

Principia College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 489, with a gender distribution of 44.8 percent male students and 55.2 percent female students. At this school, 99 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 1 percent of students live off campus. Principia College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 489
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Principia College offers a number of student services including day care, health service, and health insurance. Principia College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Principia College, 54 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Principia College.

Students who have cars on campus 54%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Principia College, 74.6 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $18,979.

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Tuition and fees $25,980 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,500 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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