Principia College

Overview of Principia College

Principia College is in a rural area, in Elsah, IL. The school is classified as a private, not-for-profit college. Students at Principia College earn degrees up to the Bachelor's degree.

Areas of Study

The most common major fields study at the school include conservation and resource management, drama and performing arts, fine arts, mathematics, media, music, science.

Principia College Selectivity

Principia College does not admit all applicants. The middle range of verbal SAT scores in 2007-2008 was 490 to 640 for students at the school. While math SAT scores among applicants varied, those accepted commonly had scores between 440 and 620.

Student Life

Athletic teams at Principia College belong to the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference for major sports.

The school reports its educational mission is:
"The Purpose of Principia College is to serve the Cause of Christian Science (Education at The Principia, page 227). The mission of Principia College is to provide students of Christian Science with a comprehensive, co-educational program of liberal arts and sciences. The college is committed to academic excellence and character education. It is also dedicated to the spiritual, intellectual, moral, social, and athletic 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."

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Contacting Principia College

Principia College
1 Maybeck Place
Elsah , IL 62028-9799
General Phone: (618) 374-2131

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Principia College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts25foreign language and literature, German language, French language, Spanish language, English, liberal arts and sciences, international studies, economics, political science, ...
Business and Management18business management
Fine Arts9fine arts, art history and criticism
Media8mass communication
Education and Teaching7elementary school teaching, secondary teaching
Conservation and Resource Management7environmental studies, environmental science
Computer Science and Engineering7computer science
Drama and Performing Arts7drama
Science6environmental biology, chemistry, physics
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy4sports and fitness management
Religion and Philosophy3philosophy, religion
Engineering1engineering science

Number of programs and degrees for Principia College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree11130

Principia College Student Body

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 47%
Women 53%
Full-Time 100%

Principia College Room and Board (2007)

Principia College offers campus housing for 532 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Elsah, Illinois for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Illinois Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Principia College Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal490640
SAT Math440620
ACT Verbal2129
ACT Math2027
ACT Composite2129

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT88%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT37%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Principia College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 22,950
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 22,950
Room and board $ 8,475
Room charge $ 4,125
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,350
Books and supplies $ 900
Other expenses $ 750

Financial Aid:
Principia College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 174400)

Principia College Faculty

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year9$77,3695$75,882
Associate professoracademic year9$63,1029$54,365
Assistant professoracademic year12$45,34414$49,126
Instructoracademic year2*4$43,009
All faculty totalacademic year32$59,47032$54,016

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Principia College Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Basketball St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Baseball St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Track St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

Principia College Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Elementary Education and Teaching
Secondary Education and Teaching

Engineering Science

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
International/Global Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, Other
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Mass Communication/Media Studies

Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Chemistry, General
Environmental Biology
Physics, General

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