Thiel College

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Basic Information

Address: 75 College Ave, Greenville, PA 16125
Phone Number: 7245892700
President: Susan Traverso, Ph.D.

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Additional Information

School Type: Residential
Organization Affiliation: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Arts
Master of Science
Master of Arts

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: 40
Student/Teacher Ratio: 11:1


Housing Availability:


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.

Financial Aid:

99% of undergraduate students receive some form of financial assistance

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.

This mission is accomplished by:

  • Promoting inclusion within the campus community by creating an open, communicative environment for students, staff and faculty.
  • Serving as a resource and providing disability awareness information to the campus community.
  • Ensuring that students with disabilities have equal access to take full advantage of Thiel College's educational, social, and cultural opportunities.
  • Promoting access to the campus community by facilitating the acquisition and use of assistive technology and the use of universal design.
  • Positively influencing the transition, retention, graduation and future success of students with disabilities through individualized, supportive services.
  • Facilitating the provision of reasonable academic accommodations.
  • Encouraging student development through empowerment, skills-based education, self-advocacy and personal decision making.

At Thiel College, there's something for everyone. With more than 100 clubs, organizations and teams it's easy to find ways to get involved, or better yet - start a new club or activity! Our Greenville, Pennsylvania campus also isn't far from Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Erie which allows students to explore and pursue a variety of internship opportunities.


There are numerous clubs and organizations on campus, but you can create a new club if you don't find one that interests you. Below are just some of what Thiel currently offers.

Business & Accounting

  • Accounting Club
  • Greenville Jr. Chamber of Commerce
  • Chi Eta Sigma (National Commerce Honorary Society)



Mathematics & Sciences

Social Sciences

  • Active Minds
  • Criminal Justice Club
  • Lambda Phi Eta (National Honorary in Speech Communication)
  • Lambda Pi Eta (Communications Honorary)
  • Psi Chi (National Psychology Honorary)
  • Society for Collegiate Journalists
  • Student Government Association
  • TCTV television station
  • The Thielensian (Newspaper)
  • WXTC radio station (88.1FM)

Athletics, Health, Fitness & Outdoors

Performing Arts

  • Alpha Psi Omega (National theatre Honor Society)
  • Chamber Ensemble
  • Chamber Singers
  • Choir
  • Concert Band
  • Handbell Choir
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Marching Pride (Band)
  • Pep Band
  • Music Honorary Society
  • Thiel Players (Theatre)
  • Winter Guard



Other Organizations

  • Alpha Chi (National College Honor Scholarship Society)
  • Chess Club
  • Circle K
  • Chi Alpha Epsilon (National Honorary for Academic Achievement)
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Lambda Sigma (National Sophomore Honorary Society)
  • Les Lauries (Senior Honorary)
  • LGBTQ+ Alliance
  • Lutheran Student Movement (L.S.M.)
  • National Society of Leadership and Success
  • Order of Omega (Greek Leadership Honorary)
  • Organization of Black Collegiates (O.B.C.)
  • PanHellenic Council
  • Paranormal Club
  • Photography Club
  • Staff Appreciation Club
  • Thiel Activities Board
  • Thiel Christian Fellowship
  • Thiel Coaster Club
  • Thiel Student Support Network
  • Women Inspiring the Next Generation (W.I.N.G.)

Thiel College is a Division III school and a member of the President's Athletic Conference. Here, the "student" in student-athlete does more than merely precede "athlete". They are respected for managing rigorous academic challenges and meeting the demands of highly competitive athletic programs.

  • Baseball
  • Basketball (Men's, Women's)
  • Cheer and Dance
  • Cross Country (Men's, Women's)
  • Equestrian
  • Football
  • Golf (Men's, Women's)
  • Lacrosse (Men's, Women's)
  • Soccer (Men's, Women's)
  • Softball
  • Track and Field (Men's, Women's)
  • Tennis (Men's, Women's)
  • Volleyball (Men's, Women's)
  • Wrestling
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Admissions Requirements:

Admission requirements vary by program. Please visit for specific information.

Application/Transfer Deadlines:

Undergraduate Programs

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!

Graduate Programs

The admission process for each of the graduate degree programs at Thiel College varies by program. Visit each program-specific page for application information or contact the Office of Admission at for questions.

International Students:


Mission Statement:

Thiel College empowers individuals to reach their full potential by creating a diverse and inclusive learning environment that ensures educational excellence, stimulates global awareness, and promotes ethical leadership. In doing so, Thiel prepares students for careers and lives of meaning and purpose.

Philosophy/Belief 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.

Summer Sessions:

May courses are on campus
June courses are online

Please refer to our website for current course offerings and schedules.

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