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Experiential Learning

Go ahead—get your hands dirty, test your theories, and gain understanding through analysis and reflection. Our hands-on approach to learning happens inside the classroom and beyond—from fields and forests to theaters, museums, and manufacturing plants. Whether it be through academics, clubs, or activities, you’ll gain first-hand experience doing what you love.

What does experiential learning look like?

From curating zoological and botanical collections to participating in entrepreneurial start-up challenges and Moot Court competitions, learn by doing while gaining real world experience.

Prin at the Polls

Conduct exit polls during national elections and participate in live, on-air coverage on election nights.


Solar car

Join the solar car team to build and race a car against other universities in national and international competitions.


Student-led conferences

Plan and direct the annual Public Affairs and International Perspectives Conferences. You’ll help choose the topic and speakers and coordinate logistics.


Mediation team

Compete with Principia’s award-winning mediation team in the U.S. and abroad.


Cardboard canoe race

Design and build a cardboard canoe and race it on the Mississippi River. Don’t count on staying dry, though!



Tap trees, make maple syrup, and design packaging to sell the finished product.


Principia Internet Radio

Host your own radio show and broadcast it to a worldwide audience.


Dance Production

Join the 40+ students who perform and choreograph for Principia’s annual Dance Production. You may even get to debut work by a world-renowned choreographer.


“Principia's solar car program is unique, and unlike at other schools—here everyone is welcome to join and contribute.”

—Austin Webster (C’20)

Meet the Experience Makers

Austin works on exhaust intrusion and vehicle protection during transport at Ford Motor Company. He credits his involvement in Principia College's solar car team for giving him a solid understanding of technical engineering skills.

Read Austin's Story

See how some of our majors approach experiential learning!