|This article relies too much on references to primary sources. (January 2008)|
|Motto||"Lux Mundi Verbum Dei"|
Motto in English
|Light of the World, Word of God|
|Type||Private, Liberal Arts|
|President||Dr. Troy VanAken|
|Location||Greenville, Pennsylvania, USA|
|Colors||Blue and Gold|
Thiel (pronounced "teel") is situated on a 135-acre (55 ha) campus in the small western Pennsylvania town of Greenville, which is about halfway between Cleveland and Pittsburgh. Thiel has an enrollment of 1,096. The student body is 54% male and 46% female. Fifty-eight percent of students are from Pennsylvania, while 36% are from other states and Puerto Rico, and the remaining 6% are international students. Twenty percent of students are minority students. The college has a student:faculty ratio of about 13:1 and 68% of classes have 20 or fewer students.
Degrees and accreditation
Thiel offers Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Associate of Science, and Associate of Arts degrees. Degrees are offered in more than 60 majors, minors and areas of study. The academic calendar includes a fall and spring semester as well as May, June, July, Online and Evening sessions during the summer.
Thiel is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools; Pennsylvania Department of Education; and the American Chemical Society.
The Thiel Tomcats compete in NCAA Division-III athletics, in the Presidents' Athletic Conference.
Tomcats currently field teams in baseball, men's and women's basketball, cheerleading, dance, men's and women's cross country, football, men's and women's golf, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's indoor track & field, men's and women's outdoor track & field, men's and women's volleyball, and wrestling.
Thiel offers a variety of student life activities, clubs and organizations, and leadership opportunities, including 28 honorary societies and academic clubs, Greek life, leadership and service organizations, student government, a student theatre troupe, multicultural and religious groups, marching and concert bands, several choirs and much more. The Thiel Activities Board (TAB) provides a range of recreational activities.
Living on campus
Thiel guarantees housing for four years in nearly 30 residence halls, apartments, theme houses and townhouses. Nearly 88% of students live on campus. In addition to the Davis Square apartments, College Ave. Apartments and Townhouses, Thiel provides six dormitories for its students: Sawhill, Stewart, Bane, Hodge, Harter, and Florence West. Hodge Hall is scheduled for renovations during summer 2011. Other facilities on campus include a fitness center, multi-sport air-supported dome, theater, cafeteria and bistro dining.
Academic expenses and scholarships and financial Aid
Tuition for the 2010-2011 academic year is $21,998 with room/board at $9,200. More than 98% of students received some form of financial assistance. Thiel offers many scholarships and financial opportunities, including Merit Awards of up to $10,000 or one of five full-tuition Presidential Scholarships. Students should apply by January 15 for consideration.
Thiel College started in 1866 following a meeting between the Rev. Dr. William Passavant and A. Louis Thiel. At the Lutheran Church Pittsburgh Synod convention in Greensburg, Pennsylvania in 1869, it was decided that Thiel Hall would become a college and serve western Pennsylvania. Thiel College began its corporate existence on September 1, 1870. Thiel College was originally located in Philipsburg, now Monaca, Pennsylvania. It moved to Greenville in 1871.
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- Mark Nordenberg, Chancellor, University of Pittsburgh (1995-2014)
- Tom Regan, professor and writer, Animal Rights Movement
- Carl Aaron Swensson, American Lutheran minister and founder of Bethany College
- Jack M. Wilson, President, University of Massachusetts (2003-2011)
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- Why Go Lutheran http://whygolutheran.com
- Thiel College Facts 2010–2011
- Thiel Athletics http://www.thielathletics.com
- Thiel College Facts 2010-2011 http://www.thiel.edu/about_thiel/pdf/2010-2011-Fact-Sheet.pdf
- The History of Thiel College 1866-1974 (Dr. Roy H. Johnson. Thiel College, Greenville, Pennsylvania) http://www.thiel.edu/about_thiel/history.htm