Campus and Location
Our 2,600-acre campus—featuring the world’s largest collection of buildings designed by renowned architect Bernard Maybeck—sits atop limestone bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River. Our residential campus welcomes students from around the country and the world from all faith backgrounds.
We’re located in Elsah, Illinois, just 45 minutes from downtown St. Louis, Missouri. Principia College boasts two field houses, a state-of-the-art Science Center, newly-renovated School of Nations, multiple performing arts spaces, a library with outstanding research and art collections, and a beautiful, stately limestone chapel.
Our campus is open for admissions visits, public tours, and we host many events that are open to the community.
Planning to visit the campus?
Learn more about local accommodations and our guest house.
The Principia College campus is also open to the public for visits and tours.
Hours for Campus Tours
Monday–Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–Sunset
For guided tours please contact the College President's office by email or call 618.374.5148.
Principia College welcomes students of all faith backgrounds who share these values and would like to grow spiritually, academically, and personally. If you know a student who would be a good fit for Principia, refer them here; if Principia College sounds like the right place for you, learn more about applying here.