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Principia College

Principia College
The Principia logo.jpg
Motto As The Sowing, The Reaping
Type Private
Established 1912
Endowment $620 million (USD)
President Dr. Jonathan Palmer
Administrative staff
Students 480
Location 1 Maybeck Place
, Illinois, 62028, United States
38°56′56″N 90°20′56″W / 38.949°N 90.349°W / 38.949; -90.349Coordinates: 38°56′56″N 90°20′56″W / 38.949°N 90.349°W / 38.949; -90.349
Campus Rural, 2,500 acres (10 km2)
Mascot Panther, Thunder Chicken (Rugby)
Colors Blue and Gold
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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.

Principia sits on bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River between Alton and Grafton in the Metro East region of Southern Illinois, thirty miles north of St. Louis. The 2,500 acres (10 km2) acre campus is a designated National Historic Landmark by the United States Department of the Interior

Although Principia College was born out of The Principia, founded by Mary Kimball Morgan in 1897, the name Principia was not adopted until the year 1898. As Morgan's school grew, the 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. Principia College has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association, since 1923.



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