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Summer Session
June 9–23, 2018

Arrival Information

Arrival day for for the first week of Summer Session 2018 is Saturday, June 9. If you're attending week two only, arrival day is Saturday, June 9.

If you're traveling by plane, please fly into Lambert St. Louis International Airport, about 40 miles from campus. Our Summer Session staff will be at the airport on June 9 and June 16 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to coordinate rides to campus. If you did not choose airport transportation when you registered, you may add it by calling our office at 618.374.5211. If you have to arrive outside of the 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. time frame, instructions will be provided for arranging a ride to campus.  

If you're driving, please let us know your approximate arrival time so that we may coordinate with your dorm host.

Saturday evening is our first official dinner from 5:00–6:30 p.m. Those who registered as a day student and did not include the meal plan in the program cost are welcome to pay the cashier in the Dining Room for any meal.

For those of you new to our campus, tours will be available Sunday afternoon, June 10.

Departure Information

Those attending week one only should plan to depart campus by noon on Saturday, June 16. All other departures will be on Saturday, June 23, by 2 p.m. Breakfast will be provided both days.

If you're flying, we are happy to provide transportation to the airport. Please try to schedule your departure flight for after 9 a.m. on June 16 or June 23. If you did not choose airport transportation when you registered, you may add it by calling our office at 618.374.5211. 

If you're driving, please plan to check out by 11:00 a.m.  

As soon as you know your travel plans, please send us your itinerary, including the following information:

  • arrival and departure dates and times
  • airline and flight numbers (if traveling by plane)

You can send us your travel information by mail, e-mail, or phone:

Principia Alumni Office
Attn: Summer Session
1 Maybeck Place
Elsah, IL 62028
PLL@principia.edu
618.374.5211

A Typical Day

There is a lot to do at Summer Session! A pocket-size booklet with each day’s activities will be waiting for you when you arrive. You will also see notices in Howard Center and the Dining Room publicizing the day’s events.

Each day begins with an inspirational talk in the Chapel at 8 a.m., but we have early morning activities for your enjoyment beginning at 6:30 a.m. You may want to participate in trail walking, tennis, or an early bike ride, for example. A continental breakfast in the Dining Room is available after 6 a.m., or you can enjoy a full breakfast beginning at 7 a.m. 

Morning classes begin at 9:05 a.m. and end at 12:05 p.m. Lunch is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Talks will be offered each day after lunch at 1:15 p.m. in Wanamaker Hall. Classes will continue throughout the afternoon beginning at 2:15 p.m. and ending at 4:10 p.m. Or you can extend your day a bit with daily aqua aerobics, choir, or tennis practice until 5:15 p.m.

There will also be special evening programs and activities in the Pub that you won’t want to miss.   

Your dorm host and our Info Center staff will always be happy to assist you.

Classes

Classes meet every weekday beginning Monday, June 11. Generally there is no homework, but you may be encouraged to do some light reading. You will not have to purchase textbooks, although teachers may suggest reading material. Most art classes require art supplies. You are welcome to bring your own supplies if you have them, or you will have the option of purchasing a basic kit when you arrive. 

Once Summer Session is underway, class changes will only be accommodated if space permits. Please see the Info Center if you want to change a class.

Some classrooms are located on floors not served by elevators, so you will need to be able to climb stairs to participate in these classes.

Dormitory Accommodations

Each room has a bed, dresser, desk with a lamp, and wastebasket for each individual. In the non-air conditioned dorm, fans will be provided. Each dorm has a nicely furnished living room with a piano. There is also a kitchen, a computer room, a Christian Science study room, and in most cases, a recreation room. Each dorm comes equipped with a washer, dryer, and ironing board for your use. The College Store carries a small selection of laundry supplies.

Sheets, towels, blankets, and pillows will be provided as well as fresh linens mid-week. There are separate men’s and women’s bathrooms, usually on different floors. All have shower stalls, and some dorms also have bathtubs.

Guest House Accommodations

If you will be staying in our campus Guest House, we’ll escort you there and help you settle in when you arrive.

Church

Each Sunday and Wednesday, a church service is held in the Chapel, and each Sunday evening includes a hymn sing, a time-honored tradition at the College. The Sunday service begins at 10:30 a.m. and the Wednesday service at 7:30 p.m.

Meals

Three meals a day are included in the program price for boarding students. All meals offer a wide range of hot and cold items, including salad and choices of fruits and breads. Vegetarian entrees are always available in addition to meatless items from the soup and salad bar. Food is served cafeteria style in the “Scramble Room” with a wait staff ready to assist you. 

The Piasa Pub offers casual food (hamburgers and sandwiches) and is open late. The Pub is famous for its shakes, ice cream, and more. Food in the Pub is not included in the program cost and can be purchased with cash or credit card.

Dress

Casual dress is the norm and can take you comfortably through day and evening activities. You will see many people in shorts. Nearly all our public buildings are air-conditioned, however, so you may appreciate a sweater or light jacket. We recommend bringing these items:

  • alarm clock*
  • comfortable walking shoes
  • tote or book bag
  • notebook
  • swimsuit
  • bathrobe and slippers
  • umbrella
  • camera
  • flashlight
  • hair dryer*
  • jacket or sweater

*Summer Sessioners staying in the Guest House will be provided with this item.

The College Store carries many personal care items as well as some books and gifts.  

Athletic Facilities

Enjoy full use of the College’s two athletic centers—Crafton Center and Hay Field House. We have an indoor track, basketball courts, racquetball and squash courts, and a state-of-the-art pool complete with a diving area, lap lanes, and a hot tub. We also have weight rooms, exercise machines, and a climbing wall.  

On-Campus Transportation

A tram service provides transportation around campus from 6:20 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Guests with limited mobility may want to reserve a private golf cart for a fee. To inquire about or reserve a private golf cart, please call our office at 618.374.5211. While we do our best to accommodate all needs, please consider bringing a companion if you will need extra assistance.

Off-Campus Excursion Day

Saturday, June 17, is an optional off-campus excursion day for those staying for both weeks of Summer Session. This year, we’ll visit historic St. Charles, take a tour of the Lewis and Clark museum, enjoy a group lunch at the iconic Lewis and Clark’s restaurant and take a docent-led tour of the stunning Missouri Botanical Gardens.

Hair Stylist

A hair stylist will be on campus two days during Summer Session. Services offered include shampoos, sets, blow drying, and haircuts. If you are interested in making an appointment, please sign up at the campus Info Center when you arrive.

Money Needs

A few things will require extra cash or a credit card: food at the Pub, gifts from the College Store, and excursions on the weekend between the first and second week of classes.

There is an ATM machine located in Howard Center.

Telephone Service

The College has an AT&T cell phone tower on campus. If your cell phone service provider is not AT&T, you will likely find the strongest signal along the bluff trail near the Chapel. There are no phones in the dorm rooms, but one is available on each hall, and you are welcome to use the campus telephones in any of our academic buildings, the athletic centers, or our dormitories.

Computer Connections

In addition to the computer labs in the academic buildings, each dorm has a small computer lab. These computers are equipped with Concord and the standard Microsoft Office programs, and they are connected to the Internet.

WiFi is also available on campus if you are bringing a wireless device. Connection instructions will be in your welcome packet. If you are bringing your laptop, you can connect to a wired port in your dorm room or to our wireless network in any of the buildings on campus.

Mail

Fax service, UPS, and postal services are all available in the College mail room.

Your dorm host will deliver any mail to your room each day. Please make a note of your Summer Session address below. If someone calls for you, we will make sure you receive the message.

This is your Summer Session address:

Your name
Principia College Summer Session
1 Maybeck Place
Elsah, IL 62028-9799
618.374.5211