Thiel College

Greenville, PA

Thiel College

Greenville, PA

Christian Life Profile

When you think of your future, what's most important: Passion? Purpose? Prosperity? And where does faith fit in?

Founded in 1866 as a coeducational institution rooted in the Lutheran church, Thiel College has created an environment that allows you to find the balance to that equation. Founding donors Louis and Barbara Thiel believed that Christian faith impels social responsibility—setting the guiding principles of Thiel College. 

A teacher, a mentor, a pastor—and a chef
Campus Pastor Brian Riddle is a great example of finding that balance. He’s a 2007 graduate of Thiel College, and before answering the calling, he was a professional chef. Pastor Riddle helps all students at Thiel navigate the journey to professional and personal fulfillment. 

Tradition and innovation
Throughout its history, Thiel has strived to be progressive while honoring the traditions that make it special. The College’s second graduating class reflected those ideals; that class included four women, making the College among the earliest institutions to be coeducational. To this day, Thiel remains a college of opportunity that can provide you with the tools you need to explore your faith while combining your passions and purpose. 

Find your calling
Expanding on Thiel’s strong track record of allied health programs, the College is developing a new innovative Nursing program. Also new are degrees in Exercise Science, Data Analytics, Public Policy, Health Systems, Environmental Safety Management, and Sports Management. These new programs join the College’s other 60+ majors and minors.  

Fast track to success
Thiel also has new graduate programs in Business Administration, Speech-Language Pathology, and Physician Assistant Studies, so undergraduate students can combine their work and graduate with a bachelor’s degree as well as a master’s degree in just five years. 



Ranked among the “Best Regional Colleges in the North” | U.S. News & World Report


Ranked among the “Top Performers on Social Mobility” | U.S. News & World Report


Ranked among the top 200 schools on the Grateful Grads Index for three of the past four years | Forbes


Named a Dietrich Foundation Institution along with Princeton University and the University of Pittsburgh

Live, Learn, and Grow at Thiel College

• Student life features a variety of faith-based groups and more than 75 other clubs and organizations as well as NCAA varsity sports.

• Alumni have pursued studies at prestigious postgraduate institutions such as Harvard Divinity School, Vanderbilt University, and the University of Chicago.

• Modern facilities on campus include new lab equipment and collaborative space in the renovated Rhodehouse Science Building & Academic Center, a new track & field complex, the state-of-the-art Haer Family Science & Arts Connector, and the James Pedas Communication Center.

• Generous scholarships and aid packages help 99% of students graduate with less debt than many of their peers.

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “I like the small-school aspect of Thiel. My high school was small, and I knew Thiel would be the next step up, but I could still be comfortable in my environment.”

    • Mak Sanders ’21
  • “After visiting other schools and then visiting Thiel, it was kind of a light-bulb moment. I realized I could have everything I wanted here. I’m looking forward to finally being the person I’ve always wanted to be.”

    • Hannah Uschock ’22
  • “I really like the small campus and how easy it is to get to know everyone. Thiel is a community. Everyone is willing to help with anything you need. Coming to college shouldn’t be anything to be afraid of because there are so many friendly faces here.”

    • John Aarestrup ’21