Thiel College: Narrative Description

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75 College Ave.
Greenville, PA 16125-2181
Tel: (724)589-2000
Free: 800-248-4435
Admissions: (724)589-2176
Fax: (724)589-2013
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Independent, 4-year, coed, affiliated with Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Awards associate and bachelor's degrees. Founded 1866. Setting: 135-acre rural campus with easy access to Cleveland and Pittsburgh. Endowment: $19.2 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $4012 per student. Total enrollment: 1,245. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 16:1. 1,981 applied, 79% were admitted. 9% from top 10% of their high school class, 22% from top quarter, 58% from top half. Full-time: 1,185 students, 48% women, 52% men. Part-time: 60 students, 63% women, 37% men. Students come from 19 states and territories, 15 other countries, 27% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 6% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 5% international, 1% 25 or older, 82% live on campus, 4% transferred in. Retention: 64% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; psychology; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, freshman honors college, honors program, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at American University, Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Bryant and Stratton Business Institute (Buffalo), Community College of Allegheny County, Drew University, Harrisburg Area Community College, Union College (KY). Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Recommended: essay, recommendations, interview. Required for some: recommendations, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 8/15, 12/15 for early action. Notification: continuous, 1/6 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $22,974 includes full-time tuition ($15,000), mandatory fees ($1390), and college room and board ($6584). College room only: $3396. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $400 per credit hour. Part-time tuition varies according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 40 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities; 38% of eligible men and 30% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Thiel Players Theatre Group, student government, Thiel Choir. Major annual events: Homecoming, theater productions, Greek Week. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,188 college housing spaces available; 975 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Option: coed housing available. Langenheim Library with 131,176 books, 39,970 microform titles, 532 serials, 6,463 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $410,080. 220 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Local industry is devoted principally to the manufacture of steel, cars, tanks, structural steel and other steel and aluminum products. Greenville is a small town of 10,000 situated halfway between Erie and Pittsburgh. Cleveland and Youngstown are also with 1 to 1 1/2 hours driving. The community is served by railroad, bus lines, and airlines located at nearby Youngstown airport. Greenville has numerous churches, public library, hospital, and excellent shopping and restaurants. Part-time employment is available. Local recreational facilities include a symphony orchestra, theatre and a number of civic parks. Nearby lakes provide boating, swimming, fishing, water skiing, and golf courses. There are various civic, fraternal, and veteran's organizations active in the community.