Application Overview

From the time you make your first inquiry to the Admissions Office to the time you are granted a visa requires the better part of a year. So please start the application early! 

Applications for August 2015 (fall semester) are due January 15, 2015.

In order to be eligible to apply, you must have been an active Christian Scientist for a minimum of six months before we can review your application.

Submit the following to Principia College’s Office of Admissions: 

  • Completed application for admission

  • Copy of your academic credentials from secondary school and from any post-secondary schooling you have completed

  • One (1)  academic reference from a teacher in a core academic subject. This must be received directly from the teacher and may not be handled by the applicant. 

  • Two (2) Christian Science references from Christian Scientists who know you well enough to tell us about your understanding and practice of Christian Science. One reference should be from your Sunday School teacher, if applicable. These also must be received directly from references and may not be handled by the applicant.

  • SAT results, which should be received directly from College Board

  • TOEFL results, if required

  • Certification of Finances form to confirm your available funds

  • Financial aid application

  • Preparedness to pay for expenses not covered by financial aid (see below) 

  • One (1) Guidance Counselor Reference is required from international students who are currently attending a high school in the United States

You need an e-mail account

Ifi Xifre Villar, our international admissions counselor, will be your contact in the Admissions Office and can help you with the application process. She can be reached at

Financial Aid

Financial aid awards are based on demonstrated financial need, which is determined from information about the student and his/her family's income, assets, and expenses. Financial aid is available to both one-year Enrichment and four-year Degree candidates. A financial aid application will be e-mailed to you after you have submitted your application for admission.

Principia is a private college, so more expensive than a public institution. If you are a committed Christian Scientist and Principia is your college of choice, please do not assume that you cannot afford a Principia education.  Generous financial aid options are available. Aid is applied to tuition, room, and board. There are some additional expenses you must be prepared to assume—expenses you incur when you choose to attend a college in another country:

  • Passport application fee for your country

  • Visa interview fee of $160

  • SEVIS fee of $200 (Degree students) or $180 (Enrichment students)

  • Airfare to St. Louis, Missouri

Important DUE Dates

Applying for August 2015 semester:
Application for Admissions: January 15, 2015
Financial Aid Application: January 15, 2015

So let's get started...