Elsah, Illinois Colleges and Universities

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Elsah, Illinois, is located in Jersey
County on the banks of the Mississippi
River. The village has a population of
less than 700. Although it is small,
Elsah’s location on the Great River Road
(a path of roadways through 10 states that
follows the Mississippi River) makes it a
popular destination for bicyclists and
bird watchers who enjoy its proximity to
bald eagle nesting areas. As Elsah is
located on the border of Illinois and
Missouri, residents have easy access to
the St. Louis metropolitan area.
In 1954, Elsah was one of two sites chosen
as finalists to be the home of the U.S.
Air Force Academy
. Although the
village lost out on the distinction to Colorado
, Colorado, Elsah is home to
Principia College, a private, four-year
liberal arts institution. While not
affiliated with the Christian Science
faith, Principia College bases its
community life on the Church’s principles.

Approximately 500 students attend the
school where they are able to choose from
28 majors; there are no graduate programs
offered. In addition to being recognized
for its research in the area of solar
energy, Principia is also known for having
one of the oldest student-led conferences
in the country (the annual Public Affairs
Conference) and also has a vibrant speaker
series that has hosted presidents,
authors, actors, and other public figures.
Principia has been ranked 57th in Forbes’
America’s Top Colleges list.

Below you can view profiles for regionally
and nationally accredited 4-year colleges
and universities located in Elsah,


One Maybeck Place
Elsah, IL 62028-9799
main phone: (618) 374-2131
admission phone: (800) 277-4648
admission fax: (618) 374-4000
Principia College reports a total
enrollment of 500+ students and provides
Bachelor’s degrees and professional

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