Principia College

Educational Resources


Treasure Room collection of rare books

  • Member of library consortia.
  • 210,000 books, serial backfiles, and other material including government documents.
  • 12,000 current serial subscriptions.
  • 193,439 microforms.
  • 7,515 Audio/Visual items.
  • 3,878 e-books.

Museums & Art

School of Nations Museum - collection of rare Navajo baskets; 50,000 square foot Science Center with inside aviary; Positron in Science Center - only one at any college in the country; On campus planetarium; Jean L. Rainwater Carillon housed in the Principia College Chapel -- 39 cast bronze bells covering the range of three octaves and a major-third; telescope with an aperture of 16" and it collects four times as much light as the previous campus telescope; School of Nations classrooms: 8 distinctive classrooms designed, furnished, and decorated in the motifs of 8 different countries



  • Students are not required to take a computer course.
  • Students are not required to own or lease a computer.
  • Recommended computer operating system: Microsoft

Campus Resources

  • 250 computers for student use in locations such as computer center/labs, residence halls, library
  • 14 Internet connections in libraries.
  • 108 Internet connections in classrooms.
  • 165 Internet connections in Laboratories.
  • 550 Internet connections elsewhere on campus.

Student accommodations

  • Email accounts are available to all students.
  • Internet access is available to all students.
  • Student web-pages are permitted.
  • Online class registration is available.
  • 100% of college-owned hosting units are available for internet access.



day care, health service, other


reading, writing, study skills


career, personal, academic, other


on-campus job interviews, internships, resume assistance, career/job search classes, alumni network, interest inventory, interview training, other

Campus Safety

24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc)

Campus Life



  • The school offers housing for students.
  • 99% of students live in school housing.
  • The school does not provide assistance for off-campus housing.

Types of housing available

  • 20% of housing units are Singles.
  • 60% of housing units are Doubles.
  • 20% of housing units are Triples.
  • In total, there are 14 housing buildings.

Room Accessories

  • 14% of rooms are equipped with sprinkler systems.
  • 100% of rooms are equipped with fire alarms.
  • 100% are equipped with high-speed internet connections.


  • 100% of students remain on campus over the weekends, on average.
  • Alcohol is not permitted on campus.
  • Popular events on campus: George Andrews Speaker Series has brought the following speakers on campus in the last nine years: Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Former Presidents George Bush and Jimmy Carter; Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor; Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, Secretary of State Colin Powell, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, and NY Time Journalist, Thomas Friedman, and Illinois Senator Barack Obama (Spring 2006). Other notable speakers/performers/entertainers are Maya Angelou, poet; Val Kilmer, actor; Jane Goodall, environmentalist; David McCullough, author, Erin Brockovich, activist; George Mitchell, former US Senator. Campus events: Public Affairs Conference (PAC) - longest running student-run public affairs conference at any college in the country; Whole World Festival - weekend event run by the international students on campus - an event for the whole campus.
  • Student activities: choral groups, dance, drama/theater, music ensembles, pep band, radio station, student government, student newspaper, television station, yearbook
  • In total, there are about 28 organizations on campus.
  • Honor societies: Phi Alpha Eta
  • Religious organizations: (Appears as submitted by school) Christian Science Organization (CSO)
  • International organizations: (Appears as submitted by school) BSU - Black Student Union; LASO - Latin American Student Organization
  • Other organizations: (Appears as submitted by school) student government, orchestra, choir, Whole World Festival Committee, Amnesty International, POWR (Women's rights), solar car racing team, WTPC-FM radio station, dance team, fire crew, juggling club, +1 (A Capella Octet)
  • Student papers: (Appears as submitted by school) The Pilot (four times in a ten-week quarter)


  • Nearest airport(s) (distance in miles): St. Louis, MO (35)
  • Nearest train(s) (distance in miles): Alton, IL (10)
  • Nearest bus-station(s) (distance in miles): St. Louis, MO (40)
  • Public transportation does not serve the campus.
  • All students are permitted to have cars on campus.
  • 35% of students have a car on campus


  • School employment is available.
  • 50% of undergrads are employed with average earnings of 3,000
  • Freshman are not discouraged from working.
  • There are 0 fraternities
  • 0 fraternity houses
  • 0% of students are fraternity members
  • There are 0 sororities
  • 0 sorority houses
  • 0% of students are sorority members.


  • Army ROTC: Not offered
  • Navy ROTC: Not offered
  • Airforce ROTC: Not offered
  • Additional Policies

    class attendance policies set by individual instructors, honor code, hazing prohibited, smoking prohibited, other


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