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About Principia College

Principia College is a private, religious school that was founded in 1910. It is moderately difficult to get into Principia College. The institution enrolls around 455 students a year, including 455 undergrads.

Principia College does not offer early action and does not offer early decision.

Principia College Acceptance Rate 2021

In 2021, Principia College accepted 91% of applicants. Out of 134 applications received in 2021, 122 students were offered admission .

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Early Admissions at Principia College

Principia College does not offer early decision. Principia College does not offer early action.

2021 Admissions Facts
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 91%
Average GPA 3.3
Mean ACT score 24
Tuition $29,490

Visit the Admissions tab above to for more on how to apply to Principia College.

Financial Aid at Principia College

Principia College meets 89% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Principia College full-time are awarded $31,355 a year in financial aid, on average.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do..

Dorms at Principia College

Principia College offers housing for up to 600 students.

The majority of Principia College students live on campus.

The most popular organizations for Principia College students to join are Christian Science Organization, Community Service Team and Solidarity (Multi-club group). Whole World Festival, Public Affairs Conference, and and Convocation Speaker Series are the best-attended events on campus.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at Principia College.

What GPA Do I Need For Principia College?

Principia College is considered moderately difficult to get into, but how hard a school is to get into depends on a lot, including your GPA, test scores, activities, recommendations and essays. Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.3 out of 4.0. The mean ACT scores is 24.

Does Principia College Require the ACT or SAT?

Principia College does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 55% submitted the SAT. 47% submitted the ACT.

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Principia College Waitlist

Principia College reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in 2021.

Is Principia College a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how competitive a university is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Principia College

About 87% of students who start at Principia College return the next year. Out of the 103 students who started at Principia College as first-time freshman, 73 graduate within four years.

Around 84% of students who started at Principia College earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes and Student Debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Students in the class of 2021 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $20,588 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Principia College sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Principia College a good school for you?

How Big is the Endowment for Principia College?

Principia College's endowment was valued at $377,459,721 in 2021. For each full-time student, Principia College spends about $24,387.

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Where is Principia College Located?

Principia College is located in the rural setting of Elsah, Illinois, less than an hour from St. Louis.

If you want to see Principia College for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 270 to Elsah, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Lambert-St. Louis International.

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College Info

One Maybeck Place Elsah, IL 62028-9799

Campus Setting: Rural

Principia College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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Transfer Applications are Due

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The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Principia College is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Principia College is Continuous processing.

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Principia College ACT Scores


ACT Range

20 - 27

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Principia College is 24. Students with an ACT score of 27 and above have a good chance of getting into Principia College. Students with an ACT score that falls between 20 and 27 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 20 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Principia College SAT Scores


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Math SAT Range

510 - 630


Reading SAT Range

523 - 663

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Principia College Tuition & Fees

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Wondering what life at Principia College is like? There are approximately 455 students enrolled at Principia College. 97% percent of students attend school full-time, 12% percent are from IL and 88% percent of students are from other states.


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