College never looked so good.

Campus is elegant but not stuffy; it’s big but feels cozy. You can easily walk or bike across its core, but beyond that are hundreds of acres to explore—2,600 of them.
Our indoor spaces are impressive, too. The older buildings are stunning, thanks to renowned architect Bernard Maybeck. Some have vaulted ceilings and fireplaces so big you can stand in them while you roast marshmallows.
We’ve got more modern buildings, too. Our newest is the Coach Crafton Athletic Center with state-of-the-art facilities, including two weight rooms, an indoor track, a pole vault pit, a golf/batting cage, basketball/volleyball courts, and an eight-lane, 40-meter stretch pool with a separate diving well. Put the old and the new together, and you’ve got space for just about anything from recreation to reflection, from Sunday evening hymn sings to movie night on the Chapel green.

Driving tours of Principia College are always welcome during daylight hours. Download audio for the driving tour here.

Guided tours are handled through the Historic Elsah Foundation. Please call 618.374.1565 or e-mail

Should you have any questions, the contact for Principia College is Sue Thoma,, or 618.374.5148.