Academic Preparation

To ensure a smooth transition from high school to college, we recommend that students will have taken 16 academic courses in their high school program.

The following minimum distribution of high school courses is strongly recommended in preparation for Principia College:

  • 4 years of English (composition, literature)
  • 4 years of math, including pre-calculus or an equivalent (such as math analysis or college algebra)
  • 3 years of natural science, including some lab work
  • 2 years of history and social science (including U.S. history)
  • 2 or 3 years of the same foreign language
  • 2 years of academic electives (from any of the five academic categories above)

In order to enroll in Principia College, students must submit evidence of graduation from high school by

  1. a final transcript which shows that a high school diploma has been earned; or
  2. a document showing that the GED (General Education Diploma) has been received.

Students who take the GED must have a minimum total score of 580 and no score below 145 on any of the four individual tests. (The maximum possible score for all four GED tests is 800.)

Principia College strongly encourages all students to complete the senior year in high school. In the rare instance that a student needs or wants to forego the senior year, additional requirements for admission must be met. Please contact the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid for details.