: Elsah, Ill. Undergraduate enrollment
: 542 Total cost
: $36,060 Average need-based aid
: $23,055 Average net cost
: $13,005 Kiplinger's rank
: #55 among liberal-arts colleges
Part of a campus that also includes pre-kindergarten, elementary school and high school, Principia College bases its philosophy on Christian Science tenets but is not affiliated with the Christian Science Church. It awards need-based aid to about half of its students and merit aid -- an average of $14,885 -- to 26% of students who do not qualify for need-based aid. Principia's 2,600-acre campus overlooks the Mississippi River; many of its buildings were designed by Bernard Maybeck, a renowned architect of the Arts and Crafts movement.
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