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Thiel College
Thiel College Crest
Motto "Lux Mundi Verbum Dei" (Light of the World, Word of God)
Established 1866
Type Private, Liberal Arts
President Dr. Troy VanAken
Undergraduates 1,279
Location Greenville, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, USA
Campus Rural
Colors Blue and Gold
Mascot Tomcat

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


About Thiel

Thiel College Entrance

Thiel College started in 1866 followed 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.[2]

Thiel (pronounced "teel") is situated on a 135-acre (0.55 km2) campus in the small western Pennsylvania town of Greenville, which is about halfway between Cleveland and Pittsburgh. Thiel has an enrollment of 1,279. 53% male; 47% of the enrollment is female. 68% of the students are from Pennsylvania, while 18% are from Ohio. 9% are from other states and Puerto Rico, and the remaining 5% are international students. 9% of the students are minority students. The college has a student:faculty ratio of about 16:1. Thiel charges a tuition of about $19,836 and $8,192 for room and board. 99% of students (on-campus) receive financial aid.

Accreditation: Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools; Pennsylvania Department of Education; Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation; American Chemical Society


Thiel College : Roth Hall : Admissions

Thiel offers Bachelor of Arts degrees, Bachelor of Science, Associate of Science, and Associate of Arts degrees in Liberal Studies, Accounting, and Management Information Systems. Thiel also offers over 60 majors and areas of study, listed below:

Accounting, Actuarial Studies, Applied Physics, Binary Engineering, Behavioral Biology, Biochemistry, Bioforestry, Biology, Business Administration, Business Communication, Chemistry, Church Music, Commercial Art, Communication Studies, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Computer Science, Conservation Biology, Criminal Justice, Culinary/Business Administration, Cytotechnology, E-Commerce, Economics, Elementary Education, Engineering (cooperative programs), English, English as a Second Language, Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Science, Exploratory, Fine Art, Forestry and Environmental Management, Food and Agricultural Biology, History, International Business, International Studies, Juvenile/Family Justice, Legal Studies, Management Information Systems, Mathematics, Media Communication, Medical Technology, Mortuary Science, Neuroscience, Occupational Therapy, Osteopathy, Parish Education, Performing Arts, Music, Pharmacy, Philosophy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Political Science, Pre-Dental, Pre-Engineering, Pre-Law, Pre-Medical, Pre-Ministerial, Pre-Occupational Therapy, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Veterinary, Psychology, Religion, Secondary Education, Sociology, Theater, Web Development, Wildlife Biology, Youth Ministry.


Thiel College Football qualified for the NCAA tournament

The Thiel Tomcats compete in NCAA Division-III athletics, in the Presidents' Athletic Conference.

They currently compete in the following sports:

  • Baseball
  • Men's/Women's Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Dance
  • Men's/Women's Cross Country
  • Football
  • Men's/Women's Golf
  • Men's/Women's Lacrosse
  • Men's/Women's Soccer
  • Softball
  • Men's/Women's Tennis
  • Men's/Women's Indoor Track & Field
  • Men's/Women's Outdoor Track & Field
  • Men's/Women's Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Greek life



Student Housing

Thiel College strives to make student housing as non-traditional as possible. In the last few years four new apartment buildings as well as twenty new townhouses have been added to the Thiel 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. There are also many houses available for organizations and Greek life.

Current Administration

Dr. Troy Van Aken President

Gary Witosky, '79 Executive Assistant to the President

David J. Grober Vice President for College Advancement

Mike McKinney, '02 Dean of Students

M. Scott Hartle Vice President for Finance & Chief Financial Officer

William J. Beil Vice President for Auxiliary Enterprises and Chief Technology Officer

Mervin E. Newton, Ph.D. Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs

Amy Becher Dean of Enrollment

Jack Leipheimer Athletic Director

Barbara Long-Cooper Assistant to the President

Notable alumni


  1. ^ Thiel College - Greenville, Pennsylvania (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America)
  2. ^ The History of Thiel College 1866-1974 (Dr. Roy H. Johnson. Thiel College, Greenville, Pennsylvania)

External links

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



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