Principia College

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Principia College is a private liberal arts college in Elsah, Illinois, United States.  A four-year coeducational institution, the college was founded in 1912 by Mary Kimball Morgan, and its stated purpose is "to serve the Cause of Christian Science.” According to the college, it has no affiliation with the Church of Christ, Scientist   but "the practice of Christian Science is the cornerstone of campus life."  Students and staff are practicing Christian Scientists. Since 2009, the Principia College students body has included 100 Congressional Award winners include 16 Gold Medals.  

Principia sits on bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River between Alton and Grafton in the Metro East region of Southern Illinois, thirty miles north of St. Louis .  A portion of the school's 2,500-acre (1,000 ha) campus is a designated National Historic Landmark District, for its many buildings and design by architect Bernard Maybeck.  


  • International students: 16.7%

  • Total Students: 479


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Cost of attendance

Tuition Fees $28,770
Room and Board $11,610
Books and Supplies $1,000
Transportation Expense $750–$1,500


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