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Summer Session

What are the Summer Session dates for 2024?

Summer Session will take place June 15–23, 2024 on the Principia College campus in Elsah, IL. 

Who is eligible to apply for Summer Session?

Principia welcomes all adult Christian Scientists and Principia alumni, as well as their spouses. Friends who are new to Christian Science and not yet church members may also attend.

How much does Summer Session cost?

Rates for Summer Session 2024 will be posted here in fall of 2023. Costs vary depending on whether one attends as a boarder or a day student, and a partial or full session. For boarding students, the most economical tuition is to share a room with another attendee in one of Principia College's beautiful dorms. 

Are there any off-campus excursions?

Yes, there are several opportunities for off-campus excursions. In previous years, excursions have included a night of musical production at The Muny in Forest Park, a picnic and performance at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, a morning visit to the St. Louis Art Museum, a gondola sky tour of Grafton, an escape room experience in Alton, and an evening visit to the Missouri Botanical Gardens. Depending on the excursion, additional costs may apply. 

Who are some of the entertainers for 2024?

The entertainment lineup for the next Summer Session is being planned. For Summer Session 2023, we were pleased to welcome one of the Midwest's most popular bands, Butch Wax & The Hollywoods featuring R&B Soul Singer Theo Peoples of The Temptations and The Four Tops. Guests also enjoyed Roy Rivers and his Tribute to John Denver, a silent film with exciting organ accompaniment of live theatre organist Dr. Steven Ball, dueling pianos with Dr. Joe Van Riper (C'05) and Darin Pierce (US'89), and an evening of French jazz favorites with Janet Buchanan (C'10).

I plan to attend Summer Session, what's next?

First, you will need to register. Online registration will open in January but you can also call 314.514.3153 for assistance or answers to your questions. 

After registration, you will receive a link via email to select your courses. 

You'll want to read the Attendee Information page. 

Then pack your bags and we'll see you in Elsah in June!

If I'm no longer able to attend, will my registration be refunded?

If you need to withdraw from the program you may cancel before April 1 without penalty. After April 1, 2024 the standard cancellation fees apply. 

Are pets allowed?

Pets are not allowed in dorms, buildings, or classrooms.

Do guests need to supply their own books and study materials?

Some books may be suggested by faculty, but none are required. Some classes may have a materials fee.

How can I learn more about 2024-2025 PLL travel?

To learn about Principia's upcoming Lifelong Learning trips, visit or contact the PLL office at or 314.514.3153.


Explore all that Principia has to offer at Summer Session.