Principia College

1 Maybeck Place, Elsah, IL 62028-9799
Tel: (618)374-2131
Private not-for-profit | 491 students
Principia is an independent educational institution staffed by Christian Scientists, serving Christian Scientists from infants through adults.

School Overview:

Principia College
CountyJersey County, IL
Title IV EligibleNot Curren
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate Colleges--Liberal Arts
Institution LevelFour or more years
Institution ControlPrivate not-for-profit
Instructional Staff Total
(research/public service staff included)
75 staff115 staff
Student Body
Total Enrollment491 students1,633 students
# Full-Time Students
486 students1,434 students
# Part-Time Students
5 students137 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
% Asian
% Hawaiian
% Hispanic
% Black
% White
% Two or more races
Finances and Admission
In-State Tuition Fees
Out-State Tuition Fees
Percent Admitted87%64%
SAT Reading (25-75%)450-610450-570
SAT Math (25-75%)440-590460-573
SAT Writing (25-75%)460-590440-570
ACT English (25-75%)20-2719-25
ACT Math (25-75%)18-2518-25
ACT Writing (25-75%)7-86-8
ACT Composite (25-75%)20-2620-25

School Notes:

  • Principia College is a small liberal arts college of approximately 550 students. It is located on the bluffs of the Mississippi River in Elsah, Illinois, USA, and is unique as the only college or university in the world solely for Christian Scientists. Students on Principia's Solar Car Team come from every field of study - including nearly every major in both the liberal arts and the sciences. While Principia does not have a self-contained engineering department, it offers an engineering degree through joint programs with other universities.
  • Principia's primary purpose became to serve the Cause of Christian Science as an educational institution — not through teaching the theology of Christian Science, but through providing programs which would allow its students to grow intellectually, athletically, socially, morally, and spiritually with the support and example of both fellow students and faculty.
  • Principia is a school for Christian Scientists on two campuses in the St. Louis, Missouri, area. Programs for infants through seniors in high school are located in West St. Louis County. Fifty miles away on bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River at Elsah, Illinois, is Principia College.
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