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. 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.

Campus ministry
Our campus ministry is a welcoming and inclusive environment for all. It’s about the wide-armed welcome God extends freely to the world in Jesus Christ. It’s about a faith which welcomes learning, exploration, and the pondering of life’s deepest questions. At Thiel College, we encourage you to celebrate a lively spiritual life. We welcome you as God’s wondrous creation, unique and gifted by grace. We invite you to the tables of grace at worship in the chapel and on campus.

Student groups
Alongside regular gatherings for services and events are several student-run groups committed to promoting faith and finding purpose. These groups are a great way to connect your faith with others and to broaden your perspectives. Some of our popular groups include:
• Fellowship of Christian Athletes
• Interfaith Student Group
• Lutheran Student Movement
• Thiel Bible Study
• Thiel Christian Fellowship

David Glen Johnson Memorial Chapel
The Thiel College Chapel is named in memory of the son of Glen and Lavonne Johnson, members of First English Lutheran Church, Pittsburgh, PA. The Chapel was dedicated on May 6, 2006, and we thank the Johnsons for their funding. The Chapel is also available for private prayer and student use during regular hours on weekdays and by special request at other times. The Thiel Choir rehearses and presents concerts in the Chapel while other groups host Bible studies and classes. The Chapel stands at the center of the east and west portions of the campus as a witness to the centrality of our spiritual life that we share together at Thiel College.



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