Principia College Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Principia College

Principia College is a small, private liberal arts institution situated in Elsah, Illinois. The institution has a 6 to 1 student/faculty ratio and offers 28 undergraduate majors from an academic perspective. Outside of the classroom, students will find plenty of opportunities to engage with the campus community via the university’s more 45 clubs and organizations. The Principia College Panthers play in the NCAA Division III St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.


  • Total Enrollment: 448 (all undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 55% Male/45% Female
  • 96% Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $30,190
  • Books: $1,000
  • Room and Board: $11,960
  • Other Expenses: $1,000
  • Total Cost: $44,150

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 98%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 98%
    • Loans: 49%
  • Mean Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $27,301
    • Loans: $ –

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Education, Other; Fine/Studio Arts, General; Business Administration and Management, General; Communication and Media Studies; and Computer and Information Sciences, General

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 88%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 61%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 77%

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Baseball, Soccer, Tennis, Rugby, Basketball, Swimming, Track and Field
  • Women’s Sports: Softball, Tennis, Volleyball, Track and Field, Basketball, Soccer

Overview of Principia College Admissions

With an acceptance rate of 92%, Principia College is a generally accessible school. Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants should complete an online application and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Students with unique talents and accomplishments can still receive strong consideration even if their GPAs are outside of the mean range. After applying, students will receive a message from an admissions counselor about the application process’s next steps.

Admissions Data                        

  • Principia College Acceptance Rate: 92%
  • Test Scores — 25th/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 520/660
    • SAT Math: 508/640
    • SAT Writing: -/-
    • ACT Cumulative: 22/29
    • ACT English: 22/30
    • ACT Math: 21/27
    • ACT Writing: -/-

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for Principia College, it should be easy to gain admissions to the schools below. If Principia College is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

East Carolina University, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Texas State University, Georgia State University, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Liberty University

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for Principia College, you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

Ohio University, University of North Texas, University of Texas at Arlington, California State University Long Beach, San Jose State University, Pace University, Florida Gulf Coast University

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than Principia College. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, you’ll be a competitive candidate.

United States Military Academy, Penn State University Park, University of Cincinnati, Hofstra University, Temple University, Auburn University, Seton Hall University

Applying to Principia College

Application Deadline: June 1

Undergraduate Admissions Website:

Undergraduate Application Link(s):

Choose your Reaction!