Principia College is on a 2,600-acre campus in the rural setting of Elsah, Illinois, not far from St. Louis.
There are many activities and organizations for Principia College students to join – including chorus, theater groups, a campus newspaper, a radio station and more.
Interested in Greek life? Principia College does not have fraternities or sororities.
Principia College has the Christian Science Organization. In fact, more students participate in the Christian Science Organization than any other on-campus activity.
Other popular student organizations at Principia College include Community Service Team, Solidarity (Multi-club group), Rugby Club and Student Government.
Principia College students' favorite campus events are Whole World Festival, Public Affairs Conference and Convocation Speaker Series.
This table offers information on housing at Principia College.
|On-Campus Housing||Yes||Required for senior|
|Guaranteed Housing||Yes||Guaranteed for freshman|
|Co-ed Housing Available||Yes|
|Housing for Students with Disabilities||No|
|Percentage of Students Living On-Campus||––||97%|
|Spots Available in On-Campus Housing||––||600|
|Number of Students Living On-Campus||––||455|
|Percentage of Students Living Off-Campus||––||3%|
Principia College offers on-campus housing. Students are required to live on campus through senior year. First year students are guaranteed on-campus housing.
The majority of Principia College students live on campus. In 2022, 97% of undergrads at Principia College lived in some kind of on-campus housing and 3% of students lived off-campus or commuted to Principia College. There are 600 spots available in on-campus housing for all 455 undergraduates. In the 2021-2022 school year, 455 students chose to live on-campus. On the weekends, about 97% students stay on-campus. First year students are allowed to park a car on campus.
Principia College offers coed housing.
At Principia College there are a variety of athletic options for students interested in joining a sports program.
Intercollegiate sports are the highest tier of college sports and can be very competitive. Intercollegiate teams are regulated by the NCAA, funded by the university, and compete against teams from other universities. The division of a sports team depends on the size of the university, funding, and competition level. An intercollegiate school team will be Division I, II or III, with Division I being the highest level.
Club sports are not regulated by the NCAA and are a great option for students not interested in trying out for an intercollegiate team. Club sports are usually student run but can also be funded by the university.
Intramural sports are the most casual and informal. Intramural sports are often free and require very little time commitment.
Let's take a look at the athletic options available at Principia College:
|Sport||Men's Intramural||Women's Intramural||Men's Division||Women's Division||Men's Scholarships||Women's Scholarships|
|Indoor Track||√||√||NCAA Division 3||NCAA Division 3|
|Basketball||√||√||NCAA Division 3||NCAA Division 3|
|Soccer||√||√||NCAA Division 3||NCAA Division 3|
|Swimming And Diving||√||√||NCAA Division 3||NCAA Division 3|
|Tennis||√||√||NCAA Division 3||NCAA Division 3|
|Track And Field||√||√||NCAA Division 3||NCAA Division 3|
|Cross Country Running||√||√||NCAA Division 3||NCAA Division 3|
College is like a home away from home. Whether you're walking to class or coming back from late-night studying (or partying!), it's important to feel safe on campus.
Principia College is patroled 24 hours a day by trained security. The Principia College campus has emergency telephones or alarms for students to use anytime of day or night. Campus housing is secure and dorms can only be accessed with secure key cards.
Visiting colleges is one of the best ways to get a sense of the campus and student body. If you'd like to visit Principia College, take Interstate 270 to Elsah, IL. If you need to fly, book your flight to Lambert-St. Louis International airport.
Want to visit but can't make the trip? Explore Principia College's campus without leaving home by taking a virtual campus tour
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