Preparing our students for today’s world and tomorrow’s opportunities


Thiel College (rhymes with teal) offers a multidisciplinary grounding in the liberal arts with a comprehensive, integrated knowledge base. Thiel’s students can choose from over 60 majors in 21 different academic departments where they experience theoretical learning, practical and hands-on assignments, service learning activities, and internships—for the finest career preparation imaginable. A wide variety of cocurricular activities helps enhance and develop leadership skills. A challenging and supportive honors program pushes students to grow and learn in new and sometimes unimagined ways.

Founded in our Lutheran faith
Thiel College was founded in 1866 under the leadership of the Lutheran pastor William A. Passavant, believing that Christian faith impels social responsibility. Throughout its history, Thiel has striven to reflect the values associated with its founding. Thiel was a coeducational institution from the outset (three of the first five students enrolled were women). The College has prepared both men and women for lives of leadership and service in church and society while providing a holistic education that addresses the ethical, spiritual, vocational, and professional development of its students in the liberal arts tradition. In addition, Thiel has promoted a holistic view of the world, cultivating both global awareness and interdisciplinary understanding.

Superior graduate outcomes
Over 94% of 2015 graduates reporting are currently employed in their field or attending graduate school.

Thiel College students use our Four-Year Career Blueprint in the Thiel College Career Development Center to prepare for the workforce and graduate school before graduation. The mission of the Career Development Center is to provide top-tier services to students, alumni, and employers. We partner with students to develop personalized career plans and provide career-related opportunities that enable their professional and career development.