Thiel College

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Thiel College
Thiel College Crest
Type Private, liberal arts
Established 1866
President Dr. Susan Traverso[1]
Undergraduates 1,096
Location Greenville, Pennsylvania, United States
Campus Rural
Colors Blue and gold
Nickname Tomcats
Mascot Tommy
Website www.thiel.edu

Thiel College is a private, liberal arts, sciences and professional studies college in Greenville, Pennsylvania, related to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.[2] Thiel is one of the smallest colleges or universities in the region, with about 100 full- and part time faculty members. According to the US Department of Education, the school has just over 1,000 students in attendance. Thiel has a 39% graduation rate.[3]

History[edit]

Founded in 1866 as a coeducational institution, Thiel College started as a result of a meeting between the Rev. Dr. William Passavant and A. Louis Thiel. At the Lutheran Church Pittsburgh Synod convention in Greensburg 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. It was originally located in Philipsburg, now Monaca. It moved to Greenville in 1871.[4]

On August 1, 2016, Susan Traverso left her position as provost of Elizabethtown College and became the first female president of Thiel College.[5]

Today, Thiel is home to about 100 full- and part-time faculty members. According to the US Department of Education, the school has just over 1000 students in attendance. It has a 33% graduation rate. In 2016, Forbes Magazine rated Thiel among the top ROI colleges in the U.S. In 2017-2018, College of Distinction recognized Thiel for its Business and Education programs.

Campus[edit]

Thiel College entrance

Thiel (pronounced "teel") is situated on a wooded 200-acre 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. 58% percent of students are from Pennsylvania, 36% are from other states and Puerto Rico, and the remaining 6% are international students. 20% of students are minorities. The college has a student:faculty ratio of about 11:1, and 68% of classes have 20 or fewer students.[6]

Since 2009, Thiel has invested more than $30 million in new and enhanced facilities. The school will dedicate a new science connector and competition-certified track and field complex in the fall of 2017.

Degrees and accreditation[edit]

Roth Hall

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 Commission on Higher Education,[7] Pennsylvania Department of Education,[8] and the American Chemical Society.[9]

Athletics[edit]

Official athletics logo

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,USA Rugby sactioned men 's and women's club known as the Huskies and wrestling.[10] In 2017, Thiel began offering Equestrian Studies as a minor.

Student life[edit]

Thiel offers a variety of activities, clubs and organizations, and leadership opportunities, including 28 honorary societies and academic clubs, Greek life, leadership and service organizations, student government, a theatre troupe, multicultural and religious groups, marching and concert bands, and several choirs. 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; and sororities Alpha Xi Delta, Chi Omega, Sigma Kappa, and Zeta Tau Alpha.

Living on campus[edit]

Thiel guarantees housing for four years in 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 five dormitories for its students: Sawhill, Stewart, Bane, Hodge, and Florence West. Other facilities on campus include 24-hour computer lab, career development center, IT Solution Center, Learning Commons, art gallery, a fitness center, multi-sport air-supported dome, theater, cafeteria and bistro dining.

Academic expenses, scholarships and financial aid[edit]

Tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year is $29,000, with room/board at $11,750. More than 99% of students received some form of financial assistance. Thiel offers many scholarships and financial opportunities, including Merit Awards of up to $10,000 and five full-tuition Presidential Scholarships. Students should apply by January 15 for consideration.[11]

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ricciutti, Gerry (17 May 2016). "Thiel College names first female president". WKBN.com. Retrieved 23 June 2017. 
  2. ^ Why Go Lutheran
  3. ^ Thiel College names first female president
  4. ^ "The History of Thiel College 1866-1974", Dr. Roy H. Johnson. Thiel College, Greenville, Pennsylvania
  5. ^ Ricciutti, Gerry (17 May 2016). "Thiel College names first female president". WKBN.com. Retrieved 23 June 2017. 
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ Ltd., Info724. "Middle States Commission on Higher Education". Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
  8. ^ "EDNA". Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
  9. ^ "ACS - CPTASL". Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
  10. ^ Thiel Athletics
  11. ^ Thiel College Facts 2016-2017 https://www.thiel.edu/assets/documents/fact-sheets/2016-2017_Fact_Sheetupdate.pdf

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 41°24′47″N 80°22′59″W / 41.413°N 80.383°W / 41.413; -80.383