Thiel College

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Basic Information

Address: 75 College Ave, Greenville, PA
Phone Number: 724-589-2345
President: Susan Traverso, Ph.D.

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Additional Information

School Type: Residential
Degrees Offered:

Undergraduate and graduate

School Setting:

Thiel College is located in the small community of Greenville in Mercer County, Pa. Our campus is a 90-minute drive from both Pittsburgh and Cleveland - vibrant urban centers bustling with opportunity for internships, service learning, educational trips and entertainment - and a 40-minute drive from Youngstown, Ohio.

Thiel's unique location allows our students and visitors to enjoy both the wonders of nature abundant in the western Pennsylvania countryside, including a myriad of outdoor activities, and take advantage of the dynamic cultural experiences offered in nearby cities.

School Size: 1,000
Classroom Size: 20
Student/Teacher Ratio: 11:1


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Housing Type: Residence Halls and On-campus Apartments
Diversity: It is a priority of Thiel College and its community members to respect all aspects of diversity. Thiel College encourages students to bring discussion and consideration of diverse facets to the forefront. Awareness of diversity is a vital component of our experiences of being human. All Thiel College community members are encouraged and supported to sustain the discussion around inclusive practices and the development of an open and accepting campus climate.

Varies by program.

Disability Services:

The Thiel College Accessibility Resource Center recognizes disability as a valued aspect of diversity and fosters an inclusive environment for all of the Thiel College community through awareness, accessibility, and empowerment. The office is committed not only to ensuring access, but also to supporting success.

For questions about Accessibility Services, contact the Office of Admission at or 724-589-2345.


At Thiel College, there's something for everyone. Our campus is close-knit and inviting, welcoming students from diverse cultures, places and viewpoints. It's easy to find ways to get involved, or better yet - start a new club or activity! Thiel offers students access to more than 100 clubs, organizations and teams. Our Greenville, Pennsylvania campus also isn't far from Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Erie which allows students to explore and pursue a variety of cultural, social and internship opportunities.


At Thiel, student-athletes compete on 24 varsity sports teams, and Thiel teams routinely are among conference leaders in honors for academic achievement.

In addition to competitive play, Tomcat Athletics allows all students access to a variety of intramural sports, fitness facilities and recreational opportunities. Thiel recently invested $2 million to renovate the indoor court. An additional $3 million was invested in a new track and field complex and renovating the fitness center.

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The Arthur McGonigal Department of Business Administration and Accounting is dedicated to giving you a premier educational experience that will help you navigate your path and provide the student and professional opportunities you need.

Thiel offers bachelor's degrees as well as 11 month M.B.A. and Master of Science in Communication and Leadership degrees.

Study Abroad:

Germany. South Africa. Peru. Switzerland. Costa Rica. South Korea. India. Spain. Mexico. Australia. Italy. Nicaragua. New Zealand. (And those are just some of the destinations where Thiel students have studied recently.) Thiel is abroad!

One of the most exciting and educational experiences at Thiel is the opportunity to study abroad. As part of our commitment to educational excellence and global awareness, we offer opportunities for our students to become world-ready leaders through many study abroad programs. There is no better way to learn, mature and develop self-confidence than immersing yourself in the challenge of a foreign culture.

Computer Capabilities:

The Information Technology Solution Center provides technology support and solutions to the students, faculty, and staff of Thiel College. Contact the Solution Center for any technology issues at 724-589-4000, or by visiting the Solution Center in Room 126 of the Academic Center. Office hours are Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Application/Transfer Deadlines:

Thiel College offers admission on a rolling basis and will review a completed application once official transcripts and official SAT/ACT test scores are received. Decisions are typically made within two weeks. Apply Now!

For questions about the admission process, contact the Office of Admission at or 724-589-2345.

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Mission Statement:

Thiel College prepares students for careers and lives of meaning and purpose and empowers individuals to reach their full potential in a diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning environment. Promoting educational excellence, innovation, and ethical leadership, the College provides distinctive learning opportunities for students and serves as an asset for the region’s social, economic, and educational development.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

Founded in 1866, Thiel College is an independent liberal arts college in western Pennsylvania, offering innovative undergraduate and graduate programs. Shaped by its Lutheran heritage, Thiel provides an accessible and inclusive learning environment and serves a diverse population of students. Thiel offers robust co-curricular and athletic experiences and fosters lifelong growth, learning, and relationships.

Notable Graduates/Alumni:

Mark Funkhouser ′71 (2007–2011), Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri
Shirley M. Frye, mathematics educator, president of the NCTM, and Thiel distinguished alumnus for 1976
Lynn Jones (1979–1986), former Major League Baseball (MLB) player (Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals)
Mark Nordenberg (1995-2014), Chancellor, University of Pittsburgh
Tom Regan, professor and writer, animal rights movement
Carl Aaron Swensson, American Lutheran minister; founder of Bethany College
Jack M. Wilson (2003-2011), President, University of Massachusetts
Phyllis Zimmerman, composer, choral conductor