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IPEDS ID: 148016
OPE ID: 00174400
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Principia College
1 Maybeck Place, Elsah, Illinois 62028-9799
General information:  (618) 374-2131
Website:  www.principiacollege.edu/
Type:  4-year, Private not-for-profit
Awards offered:  Bachelor's degree
Campus setting:  Rural: Fringe
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  323 (all undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  6 to 1
Admissionswww.principiacollege.edu/admissions
Apply Onlinewww.principiacollege.edu/apply
Financial Aidwww.principiacollege.edu/finaid
Net Price Calculatornpc.collegeboard.org/app/principia
Tuition Policies for Servicemembers and Veterans
Disability Serviceswww.principiacollege.edu/
Athletic Graduation Rateswww.principiacollege.edu/srtk
Special Learning Opportunities
Distance education – undergraduate courses offered, programs not offered
Study abroad
Student Services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services, Fall 2022
3% or less
High school students enrolled in college courses for credit, 2022-2023
28
Carnegie Classification
Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students' federally guaranteed loans may be deferred while enrolled.
For-credit instruction programs offered
Academic
Noncredit education offered
Institution does not offer noncredit education
Credit Accepted
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2022Full timePart time
Total faculty574
Instructional574
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-0
Instructional-0
Research-0
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2020-20212021-20222022-20232023-2024% change 2022-2023 to 2023-2024
Tuition and fees$30,720$30,820$32,130$33,2803.6%
Books and supplies$1,000$1,000$1,000$1,0000.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Food and Housing$12,270$12,270$12,870$13,3703.9%
Other expenses$1,000$1,000$1,000$1,0000.0%
Off Campus
Food and Housing$10,000$10,000$10,000$10,0000.0%
Other expenses$1,000$1,000$1,000$1,0000.0%
Off Campus with Family
Other expenses$1,000$1,000$1,000$1,0000.0%
Total Expenses2020-20212021-20222022-20232023-2024% change 2022-2023 to 2023-2024
On Campus$44,990$45,090$47,000$48,6503.5%
Off Campus$42,720$42,820$44,130$45,2802.6%
Off Campus with Family$32,720$32,820$34,130$35,2803.4%
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Alternative Tuition Plans and Promise Program
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
  • Does not participate in Promise program
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2022-2023
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber awarded aidPercent awarded aidTotal amount of aid awardedAverage amount of aid awarded
Any student financial aid15590%————
Grant or scholarship aid5590%$1,765,280$32,096
Federal grants00%$0
Pell grants00%$0
Other federal grants00%$0
State/local government grant or scholarships00%$0
Institutional grants or scholarships5590%$1,765,280$32,096
Student loan aid5590%$412,500$7,500
Federal student loans00%$0
Other student loans5590%$412,500$7,500
  • 1 Includes students awarded Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber awarded aidPercent awarded aidTotal amount of aid awardedAverage amount of aid awarded
Degree/certificate-seeking
Grant or scholarship aid129995%$9,596,700$32,096
Pell grants00%$0
Federal student loans00%$0
Non-degree/non-certificate-seeking
Grant or scholarship aid1(*)100%(*)(*)
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid awarded, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
  • (*) Average amounts are withheld to preserve the confidentiality of individuals.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
2020-20212021-20222022-2023
Average net price$19,816$18,039$14,904
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2022-2023
$0 – $30,000
$30,001 – $48,000
$48,001 – $75,000
$75,001 – $110,000
$110,001 and more
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and the weighted average for Food and Housing and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students awarded federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2022
Total enrollment (all undergraduate)323
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment33
Attendance StatusStudent Gender
Attendance Status:
Full-time: 94%
Part-time: 6%Student Gender:
Male: 59%
Female: 41%
Student Race/ethnicity
Student Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 2%
Black or African American: 3%
Hispanic/Latino: 6%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 44%
Two or more races: 2%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 3%
U.S. Nonresident: 39%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 95%
25 and over: 5%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 3%
Out-of-state: 41%
Foreign countries: 49%
Unknown: 7%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2021.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Undergraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled exclusively in distance education courses: 0%
Enrolled in some, but not all, distance education courses: 16%
Not enrolled in any distance education courses: 84%
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2023
TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants268164104
Percent admitted44%43%47%
Percent admitted who enrolled71%73%67%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequired to be consideredNot required, but consideredNot considered
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
RecommendationsX
Formal demonstration of competenciesX
Work experienceX
Personal statement or essayX
Legacy statusNot applicableX
Admission test scoresRequired to be consideredNot required, but considered (Test Optional)Not considered (Test Blind)
SAT / ACTX
Other Test (Wonderlic,WISC-III,etc)X
English Proficiency TestX
Test Scores: Fall 2023 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
SAT3237%
ACT1720%
Test Scores25th Percentile*50th Percentile** (median)75th Percentile***
NOTES:
*   25% of students scored at or below
**  50% of students scored above and 50% scored below (i.e., midpoint of the test score distribution)
*** 25% of students scored above
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing510550640
SAT Math530570610
ACT Composite192023
ACT English162123
ACT Math161822
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission. If an institution reports less than 5 students for any of the test scores, percentiles are not reported.
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 82%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2021 and Returned in Fall 2022
  • Interpret data with caution. The COVID-19 pandemic reduced enrollment for fall 2020. The subsequent fall 2021 enrollment reflects more typical enrollment levels.
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution without completing at the current institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 64 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2022.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2017
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 76%
(*) Transfer-out rate:
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • (*) Not all institutions report transfer-out rates.
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2015]
4-year: 71%
6-year: 86%
8-year: 86%
[Began in Fall 2017]
4-year: 55%
6-year: 76%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2015 or Fall 2017
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 76%
Female: 76%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2017 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Asian: 100%
Black or African American: 50%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 100%
White: 77%
Two or more races: 50%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 50%
U.S. Nonresident: 75%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2017 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • Alternative measures of student success are reported by degree-granting institutions to describe the outcomes of degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students who are not only first-time, full-time students, but also part-time attending and non-first-time (transfer-in) students. These measures are also reported for students receiving Pell grants and those students that do not receive Pell grants. These measures provide the 8-year award-completion rates by award level (certificates, associate's and bachelor degrees) after entering an institution. For students who did not earn any undergraduate award after 8-years of entry, the enrollment statuses are reported as either still enrolled at the institution, or subsequently transferred out of the institution. Unlike the Graduation Rates data, all reporting institutions must report on their transfer outs regardless if the institution has a mission that provides substantial transfer preparation.
FULL-TIME, FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2015-16
Award and enrollment rate:
Received a Bachelor's degree: 85%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 0%
FULL-TIME, NON-FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2015-16
Award and enrollment rate:
Received a Bachelor's degree: 64%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 0%
  • Institution only reported students who did not receive Pell Grants in 2015-16
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2022-2023
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelor
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies
French Studies0
Latin American Studies0
Category total0
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Environmental Biology4
Category total4
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General3
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies1
Finance, General2
Marketing/Marketing Management, General0
Category total6
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Mass Communication/Media Studies6
Category total6
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services
Recording Arts Technology/Technician0
Category total0
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer Science3
Category total3
Education
Education, General15
Category total15
Engineering
Engineering Science3
Category total3
English Language and Literature/Letters
Creative Writing1
English Language and Literature, General1
Category total2
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General0
French Language and Literature0
Spanish Language and Literature0
Category total0
History
History, General4
Category total4
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General2
Category total2
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
International/Globalization Studies3
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General1
Sustainability Studies3
Category total7
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Studies4
Category total4
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Philosophy0
Religion/Religious Studies0
Category total0
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General0
Geology/Earth Science, General0
Physics, General0
Category total0
Social Sciences
Economics, General4
International Relations and Affairs0
Political Science and Government, General2
Sociology and Anthropology1
Category total7
Visual and Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation0
Dance, General0
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General1
Fine/Studio Arts, General4
Music Technology2
Music, General1
Category total8
Grand total71
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2022-2023
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 0
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 0
  • No varsity sports data reported for this institution. Data on varsity athletics are submitted annually as required by the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act (EADA), by all co-educational postsecondary institutions that have an intercollegiate athletics program. For the most recent data collection, EADA did not collect data on varsity athletics for programs that were cancelled due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.
Institutional Accreditation
AccreditorStatusNext Review Date
Higher Learning CommissionAccredited since ((!)01/01/1923)08/31/2026
  • (!) Estimated date
  • For more detailed information on accreditation for this institution, including all actions and justification for actions, visit OPE's Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs: ope.ed.gov/dapip/#/institution-profile/113944.
  • No campus security data reported for this institution.
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
  • This institution is not found on the current Federal loan default rates database. Cohort Default Rate (CDR) data are not included when number of borrowers entering repayment includes 10 or fewer borrowers for all 3 cohort years.