New students must arrive on campus by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 12, 2016. 

You're about to embark on a great adventure filled with new experiences, challenges, and growth. During Orientation, you will move into your house, attend house meetings, and learn more about Principia—our history, Christian Science foundation, and focus on character unfoldment. You'll also have plenty of free time to get settled, meet other students, and have fun at the games, picnic, and parties we have planned! 

We look forward to partnering with each and every one of you in making this educational experience a rich and rewarding one. We are expecting progress each day as we practice living and growing in this unique environment.

It's terrific to have you joining our community of practice here at Principia! We hope you feel right at home. 

About New Student Orientation

The New Student Orientation program provides all new students with a unique experience—one where you can explore and become part of a supportive community of practice and take part in a higher degree of opportunity, understanding, friendship, practice, and success: an education without limits. You will learn more about Christian Science, character education, and Principia itself—its purpose and the purpose of each student here. You will also learn about the campus community, including its standards, resources, and facilities. 

New Student Orientation is required for all new students. If you have a conflict that prevents you from attending the entire orientation, approval from Director of Admissions Tami Gavaletz is needed. She can be reached at 618.374.5187. Students cannot arrive earlier than their designated arrival date.

During the week, students will also. . . 
  • Receive Principia ID cards, take campus tours, and move into houses
  • Attend informational meetings about meal plans, student employment, billing, financial aid, and more
  • Meet professors at the Academic Fair and learn more about our academic programs
  • Meet with the Academic and Career Advising Office
  • Participate in various activities to help become acquainted with the College community