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Principia College

Principia College (commonly referred to as Principia or Prin) 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.

Location

Address
1 Maybeck Place
City
Elsah
State
IL

Stats

Total Undergrad enrollment
503
In State Tuition Fees
25500
Out State Tuition Fees
25500
ACT Score
21
SAT Score
1536
Grade Point Average(GPA)
3.4
Male Female Ratio
49:51
Acceptance Rate
79%
Student Faculty Ratio
7:01

Additional Information

College Type
Private
Religious Affiliation
Christian Science Church
Campus Housing
Yes
Mission Statement
The Purpose of Principia College is to serve the Cause of Christian Science (Education at The Principia, page 227). The mission of Principia College is to provide students of Christian Science with a comprehensive, co-educational program of liberal arts and sciences. The college is committed to academic excellence and character education. It is also dedicated to the spiritual, intellectual, moral, social, and athletic development of each student. In this context, Principia offers its students an international perspective and challenges them to be ethically strong in service to the world community.
Mascot
Panther, Thunder Chicken (Rugby)
Colors
Blue And Gold
Conference
SLIAC

College History

History

Principia College was born out of The Principia, founded by Mary Kimball Morgan in 1897, though the name Principia was not adopted until the year 1898. As Morgan's school grew, founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy approved The Principia's reference as a Christian Science school.Emerging from the Principia Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools founded between 1898 and 1906, Principia College was established with a purpose of "serving the Cause of Christian Science through appropriate channels open to it as an educational institution." The college, however, has no official affiliation with the Christian Science Church and Christian Science is not taught as a subject, but its principles form the basis of community life at Principia. The first Upper School class graduated in 1906 and it is from this class that a junior college was established, whose first alumni graduated in 1917. Following this time period architect Bernard Maybeck was commissioned to design a new college campus in Elsah, Illinois and by 1931 ground was broke on what would become Maybeck's largest commission. In 1934, Principia College graduated its first class as a full four-year institution and in 1935 the college was officially moved to its present-day location in Elsah. On April 19, 1993, the campus was designated a National Historic Landmark by the United States Department of the Interior. The year 1998 marked centennial celebrations by the school. The Principia College campus was once considered as the site for the United States Air Force Academy though ultimately the Air Force chose a location in Colorado Springs, Colorado instead.

College Specialty

Specialty

The Purpose of Principia College is to serve the Cause of Christian Science (Education at The Principia, page 227). The mission of Principia College is to provide students of Christian Science with a comprehensive, co-educational program of liberal arts and sciences. The college is committed to academic excellence and character education. It is also dedicated to the spiritual, intellectual, moral, social, and athletic development of each student. In this context, Principia offers its students an international perspective and challenges them to be ethically strong in service to the world community.

Alumni

Alumni

Notable Principia College alumni include: Robert Bruegmann � architectural historian Chandler Burr � author Candy Crowley (attended) � CNN political correspondent Robert Duvall (class of 1953) � actor: Academy Award for Best Actor winner (1983, Tender Mercies) Haru M. Reischauer � Author of Samurai and Silk. Ketti Frings � author, writer: Pulitzer Prize for Drama winner (1958, Look Homeward, Angel) Larry Groce � host of public radio's Mountain Stage Peter Horton (attended) � actor and movie director Mindy Jostyn (attended) � singer songwriter Egil Krogh � part of U.S. President Richard Nixon's administration and was convicted as part of the Watergate scandal. Terry Melcher � Record producer and son of Doris Day. Brad Newsham (history and sociology, class of 1972) � writer Vaughn Obern, filmmaker, Department Chairman, Cinema-Television, Los Angeles City College John H. Rousselot (B.A. 1949) � United States Congressman from California (1961�1962, 1969�1982) David Rowland (1924�2010), industrial designer who created the 40/4 stacking chair. Christopher Shays (B.A. 1968) � United States Congressman from Connecticut (1987�2009)

Campus

Campus

Rural, 2,500 acres (10�km2)

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