Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the academic course requirements to be admitted into Principia? 
A: We recommend a strong college-prep program of 16 solid academic courses in high school, including 4 years of English, 4 years of math (Algebra I and II, geometry, plus one additional math course), 3 years of natural science, including some lab work, 2 years of history and social science (including American history), and 2-3 years in the same foreign language as well as 2 years of academic electives (other than music, art, and computer science, unless they are AP courses). 

Q: How is my high school grade point average (GPA) computed by Principia College?
A: Only solid academic subjects are considered in a re-computation of the high school GPA. These subjects are English, math, history, social science, natural science, and foreign language. All Advanced Placement (AP) courses are considered in the computation of the GPA. AP and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses are given one additional grade point; honors courses are given an additional half grade point. In this way, an A earned in AP English will earn 5.0 grade points rather than a 4.0 (4.5 for an A earned in an honors course). Courses in art, music, speech, drama, health, PE, shop, home economics, computer science, and other elective courses are not considered in the computation of the GPA.

Q: How can an admissions counselor help me? 
A: Your admissions counselor will support you throughout the college selection and decision-making process.  As fellow Christian Scientists first, the counselors are advocates for you, whether or not Principia College is your final choice.  Your counselor knows a great deal about the intricacies of the general college search process, and is eager to help you make the decision that best fits your talents and dreams.
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Q: Who will review my application for admission? 
A: Once your application is complete (all components have been received by the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid), several members of the Admissions Committee will review your application.  Close attention is paid to your academic record, your commitment to Christian Science, achievement in extracurricular activities, and your readiness to contribute to the Principia College community. In most cases, you will have a decision within two weeks, beginning September 1.  Sometimes, however, an application will be reviewed by the entire Admissions Committee, and require additional time in which to make a decision.

[As a note, you will want to also consider how you present your application. Have you proofread it? Does it represent your ability to produce college-level work? Are all essays and extra paragraphs the stated length by approximate word number?]

“I got into most of the other schools where I applied, but when it was time to decide, I don’t think I spent more than ten minutes thinking about it. I knew Principia was it.”