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Thiel College

Thiel College
Thiel College Crest
Motto "Lux Mundi Verbum Dei"
Motto in English
Light of the World, Word of God
Established 1866
Type Private, Liberal Arts
President Dr. Troy VanAken
Undergraduates 1,096
Location Greenville, Pennsylvania, USA
Campus Rural
Colors Blue and Gold
Nickname Tomcats

Thiel College is a private, liberal arts, sciences and professional studies college in Greenville, Pennsylvania related to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.[1]


  • Campus 1
  • Degrees and accreditation 2
  • Athletics 3
  • Student life 4
  • Living on campus 5
  • Academic expenses and scholarships and financial Aid 6
  • History 7
  • Notable alumni 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10


Thiel College Entrance

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.[2]

Degrees and accreditation

Thiel College : Roth Hall : Admissions

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;[3] Pennsylvania Department of Education;[4] and the American Chemical Society.[5]


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, rugby (founded by Rob Tibbitt), and wrestling.[6]

Student life

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.

Greek life at Thiel includes: Fraternities:Delta Sigma Phi, Kappa Sigma, Phi Theta Phi and Sigma Phi Epsilon; sororities: Alpha Xi Delta, Chi Omega, Sigma Kappa, and Zeta Tau Alpha.

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.[7]


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.[8]

Notable alumni


  1. ^ Why Go Lutheran
  2. ^ Thiel College Facts 2010–2011
  3. ^ Middle States Commission on Higher Education entry for Thiel College
  4. ^ entry from Pennsylvania Department of Education - Education Names and Addresses
  5. ^ ACS-Approved Programs in Pennsylvania
  6. ^ Thiel Athletics
  7. ^ Thiel College Facts 2010-2011
  8. ^ The History of Thiel College 1866-1974 (Dr. Roy H. Johnson. Thiel College, Greenville, Pennsylvania)

External links

  • Thiel College
  • Thiel College Athletics

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