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Colleges / Principia College

Principia College

Elsah, IL 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate48%

Principia College Admissions

It is moderately difficult to get into Principia College. Around 48% of applicants get into Principia College each year. Out of 207 applications received in 2023, 100 students were offered admission.

If you want to apply to Principia College, the deadline for Fall 2024 admissions is 6/1 and there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

Students who apply to Principia College for fall semester should anticipate a decision by January 23.

Principia College Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Principia College's admissions stats.

Principia College 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.3
Admissions Test Policy Not optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 6%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 1%
Waitlist No

Principia College Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Principia College.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action No
Regular Decision Yes 6 1 January 23

Considering Applying Early to Principia College?

Principia College does not offer early decision or early action.

➡️ Discover a list of some selective colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

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Transferring to Principia College

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Principia College

Principia College has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Principia College?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are they consider most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the areas where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Principia College

What does Principia College consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Interview Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Application Essay Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Important
Standardized Test Scores Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered

Make sure to check with Principia College for more information on admission factors.

Principia College 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Principia College, all applicants must submit the following items. Check with Principia College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Letter(s) of Recommendation 3
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Other Requirements Christian Science commitment
Transcript of High School Record
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.4

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Principia College?

Students admitted to Principia College have an average unweighted GPA of 3.3.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

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.

In 2022, 6% of Principia College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 1% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Principia College?

To be competitive with other Principia College applicants, you should aim to earn between 990 and 1220 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Principia College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1220 and 25% of scored lower than 990, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

To be most competitive at Principia College, you should strive to earn between 16 and 26 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 26 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Principia College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 26, and three out of four students scored lower than 26 on the ACT.

A 16 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Principia College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 16.

More Information on Transferring to Principia College

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Principia College. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Principia College during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Principia College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Principia College?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Principia College.

Does Principia College accept transfer credits?

✅ Principia College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Principia College accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does Principia College accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Principia College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Principia College?

✅ Principia College is not test optional.

What is Principia College's acceptance rate?

✅ Principia College's acceptance rate is 48%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Principia College?

❌ Principia College does not offer early decision.

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Principia College Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Principia College? Principia College is a somewhat selective institution. The Principia College acceptance rate is 48%. This means that the institution accepts 48 out of every 100 applicants.


Principia College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jun 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Principia College is Jun 1.

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

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Principia College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

990 - 1220


Math SAT Range

Not available


Reading SAT Range

Not available

Principia College GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Principia College, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.26. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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