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Thiel College

Greenville, Pennsylvania

Thiel College is a private liberal arts institution founded in the Lutheran tradition. Located in Greenville, Pennsylvania, the College offers 60 majors and minors, 25 varsity sports, and a 10:1 student-faculty ratio to more than 900 students. A dedicated faculty paired with dynamic research and internship opportunities produce students who achieve numerous graduate school admissions and job placements.


Coeducational from its beginnings, Thiel College remains committed to combining tradition with innovation as it celebrates 150 years. For more information, visit

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
926 undergraduate students
96% of undergrad students are full time
54% male — 45% female
36% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
60 full-time faculty
36 part-time faculty
10 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2015
100% of first year students live on campus
89% of all students live on campus

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences X
Common Intellectual Experiences  
Learning Communities  
Writing-Intensive Courses X
Collaborative Assignments and Projects X
Undergraduate Research X
Diversity/Global Learning X
Service Learning, Community-Based Learning X
Internships/Coops/Practicums X
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience X


67% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2015

41% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 0%
Hispanic/Latino 2%
Black or African American 9%
White 76%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 4%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 6%

Academic Programs

Thiel College offers 60 majors and minors. Majors are listed below and grouped by area of study. Specialty tracks are available for many majors, including business administration and secondary education. Business: accounting, business administration (six specialty tracks), forensic accounting, and international business Education: early childhood/special education and secondary education (six specialty tracks) Humanities: business & financial journalism, commercial art, communication studies, English (literature and writing specializations), history, media & journalism, parish education, philosophy, public relations, advertising & integrated marketing communication, religion, religion communication, theology and youth ministry Social Sciences: criminal justice studies, fine art, political science, psychology (three specialty tracks), and sociology STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math): actuarial studies, biochemistry, biology (conservation and traditional tracks), chemistry, chemistry (ACS-certified), communication sciences & disorders, computer science, cytotechnology, dual degree engineering (3-2 program), e-commerce, environmental chemistry, environmental science, management information systems, mathematics, medical technology, neuroscience, physics, and web development

Study Abroad

One of the most transformational and exciting experiences at Thiel is the chance to study abroad. As part of a commitment to educational excellence and global awareness, the College offers resources for students to become world-ready leaders through many study abroad programs. Thiel is one of only 15 schools in western Pennsylvania to offer funds through the Vira I. Heinz Program to female first-time international travelers. For all Thiel students, there are several other scholarships also available, in addition to many outside sources. Students can go abroad for full semesters or through shorter experiences like the service trip to Nicaragua during spring break.


Campus Ministries X
Choral groups X
Concert band X
Dance X
Drama/theater X
International Student Organization X
Jazz band X
Literary magazine X
Marching band X
Model UN  
Music ensembles X
Musical theater X
Pep band X
Radio station X
Student government X
Student newspaper X
Student-run film society  
Symphony orchestra  
Television station X
Yearbook X

Faculty as Mentors

Thiel professors get to know students as individuals, not just by their names. Faculty members are excellent mentors, recognized scholars, and experienced professionals in their fields. The low student-faculty ratio provides students the opportunity to develop close relationships with their professors, providing them a strong sense of belonging in the College community. The Kenneth and Marianna Brown Dietrich Honors Institute makes these connections easy by offering a unique core curriculum that is specially designed to train thinkers to become leaders and is best taught through one-on-one interaction. This personal, rigorous teaching even extends beyond the classroom; the Greenville Neuromodulation Center Faculty/Student Research Institute at Thiel, for example, pairs students with faculty mentors to conduct original research.


Thiel offers a Fundamentals of Business for Non-Majors concentration that allows students in every field to understand the foundational skills they need to succeed in any professional industry. Supplying students a breadth of education regarding budgeting, legal systems, and management, this concentration aims to build essential skills in areas of study far beyond business itself.


Arts/fine arts X
Computer literacy  
English (including composition) X
Foreign languages X
History X
Humanities X
Mathematics X
Philosophy X
Sciences (biological or physical) X
Social science X


Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 98 115 92 13 3 2 0 323

Student Activities

Campus life at Thiel offers students dynamic community service experiences and vibrant co-curricular activities. With more than 50 student clubs and organizations and eight fraternities and sororities, students can find venues for deep connection, leadership, and service. The student body engages the community by participating in the annual Spring into Action service event as well as by hosting several successful fundraising campaigns.


Coed dorms X
Men’s dorms  
Women’s dorms  
Apartments for married students  
Apartments for single students X
Special housing for disabled students X
Special housing for international students  
Fraternity/sorority housing X
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing X
Wellness housing  
Other housing options  


The Career Development Center works one-on-one with students in order to map out their plans both for their four-year journey at Thiel as well as their lifelong journey beyond college. It offers a range of assessments and guidance tools to help students decide what they might want to do with their degree and how they can achieve their goals. The staff are also prepared to lead a range of seminar series, presenting upon request on such topics as job searching, professional etiquette, and obtaining internships.

Impressive Placement

Thiel consistently produces successful outcomes for students. In a recent survey, 94.3 percent of graduates reported that they were employed or in graduate school within six months. Many students participate in internships—some as early as the second semester of their first year! Thiel boasts a network of 10,000+ active alumni and was recently named to Forbes’ Grateful Graduates Index—a testament to consistent student success.



2,275 Total Applicants
2,275 Total Admissions
206 Total Freshmen Enrollment

100.00% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2016-17 Admission

Rolling admission? No

Closing date: Aug 15
Priority date: Feb 1

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Rigor of secondary school record
Academic GPA
Character/personal qualities

Standardized test scores
Application Essay
Extracurricular activities
Volunteer work
Work experience
Level of applicant’s interest

Class rank
Alumni/ae relation


  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 410 510
SAT Math 420 520
SAT Writing    
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 17 21
ACT Math 17 23
ACT English 15 21
ACT Writing    


Net Price Calculator 


Tuition $27,038
Fees $2,130
Total $29,168
Room and Board (on campus) $11,336
Estimated Total On Campus $40,504


Average Financial Aid Packages 2015-2016

$25,023 First year students
$20,044 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2015-2016

68.35% on average, the percentage of need that was met
10% of financial need students that had need fully met

$20,044 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$4,346 Average need-based loan