Principia College: Narrative Description

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One Maybeck Place
Elsah, IL 62028-9799
Tel: (618)374-2131
Free: 800-277-4648 Ext. 2802
Admissions: (618)374-5180
Fax: (618)374-4000
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Independent Christian Science, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1910. Setting: 2,600-acre rural campus with easy access to St. Louis. Endowment: $464.5 million. Research spending 2003-04: $111,201. Educational spending 2003-04: $16,764 per student. Total enrollment: 542. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 9:1. 221 applied, 87% were admitted. 37% from top 10% of their high school class, 63% from top quarter, 92% from top half. 1 National Merit Scholar, 2 class presidents, 2 valedictorians, 36 student government officers. Full-time: 533 students, 53% women, 47% men. Part-time: 9 students, 56% women, 44% men. Students come from 38 states and territories, 24 other countries, 92% from out-of-state, 0% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 1% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 14% international, 2% 25 or older, 100% live on campus, 3% transferred in. Retention: 92% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; visual/performing arts; social sciences and history. Core. ESL program, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, internships. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, 4 recommendations, Christian Science commitment, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Required for some: interview. Placement: SAT Subject Tests required for some. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 3/1, 11/15 for early action. Notification: continuous, 12/1 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. Comprehensive fee: $27,765 includes full-time tuition ($20,145), mandatory fees ($270), and college room and board ($7350). College room only: $3480. Part-time tuition: $447 per quarter hour.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 36 open to all. Most popular organizations: Christian Science Organization, student newspaper, International Students Association, student radio station, student government. Major annual events: Whole World Festival, Public Affairs Conference, Speakers Series. Student services: health clinic. Campus security: 24-hour patrols. 600 college housing spaces available; 542 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Marshall Brooks Library plus 1 other with 211,460 books, 187,434 microform titles, 11,876 serials, 7,792 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $770,741. 200 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Principia College is located on 2,600 acres of the highest and loveliest section of the Piasa Bluffs above the Mississippi River. In a setting rich in beauty and historical significance, three great rivers may be seen from the bluffs: the Mississippi below, the Missouri to the southeast, and the Illinois, which joins the Mississippi to the west several miles upstream. Mean temperatures are 28-78 degrees, and rainfall averages 35 inches. Recreation, entertainment, and shopping are found in Alton and St. Louis. Part-time student employment is available at the college.

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