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Principia College - SAT Scores, Costs and Admissions Data


Principia College Chapel

Principia College Chapel

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Principia College Description:

Principia College is a small, private liberal arts college located in Elsah, Illinois. The rural, 2,600-acre campus is a National Historic Landmark and overlooks the Mississippi River, just 30 miles from St. Louis, Missouri. Although the college is not affiliated with the Christian Science Church, its principles are significant to community life at Principia. From an academic perspective, the college has a 8 to 1 student faculty ratio and offers 28 undergraduate majors; the most popular among these include mass communication, art and business administration. Students are active on campus, participating in 43 student clubs and organizations, remarkable for the college’s small size. The Principia College Panthers compete in the NCAA Division III St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis and track and field, men’s baseball and rugby and women’s softball and volleyball.

Admissions Data (2012):

Enrollment (2012):

  • Total Enrollment: 489 (all undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 45% Male / 55% Female
  • 97% Full-time

Scholarships for Principia College (powered by Cappex.com)

Costs (2012 - 13):

  • Tuition and Fees: $25,960
  • Books: $900 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $10,000
  • Other Expenses: $750
  • Total Cost: $37,610

Principia College Financial Aid (2011 - 12):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 91%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 90%
    • Loans: 58%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $22,717
    • Loans: $6,001

Most Popular Majors:

Art, Biology, Business Administration, Mass Communication, Theatre

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 88%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 69%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 69%

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

Principia College Mission Statement:

mission statement from http://www.principiacollege.edu/about-principia-college/mission-vision-and-values

"The Principia shall seek to serve the Cause of Christian Science through appropriate channels open to it as an educational institution."

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