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Experience the Thiel Commitment

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Thiel College is for Life Imagine attending a college that challenges you to become the very best you can be professionally and personally. Imagine making lifelong friendships and developing professional networks with helpful mentors and motivated peers. When you choose Thiel, your education investment will return value for your lifetime! Just ask anyone you meet on campus; we are passionate about helping our students succeed. • Located in the picturesque town of Greenville, Pennsylvania, Thiel College offers a multidisciplinary grounding in the liberal arts with a comprehensive, integrated knowledge base for your chosen profession. You’ll experience theoretical learning, practical and hands-on assignments, service learning activities and internships – for the finest career preparation you can imagine. A wide variety of co-curricular activities will help you develop leadership skills you didn’t know you had. Thiel has the vision, excitement and enthusiasm to help you transform your life – for a lifetime!


The value of our international students is immeasurable. They bring diversity to our campus and, by sharing their different cultures they greatly enhance the environment here. I am committed to ensuring that our international students have a rewarding and enriching experience at Thiel College.


Troy VanAken, Ph.D. President, Thiel College

BEREND GRUBE Lubeck, Germany Junior, International Business

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Being involved at Thiel with all sorts of activities made me grow up a lot. For example being a resident assistant (RA) is a great responsibility and made me improve my people skills. While I’m getting a mental workout in the classroom, I can work on my physical abilities on the football field where I also found friends for life.

An RA is a student who lives on campus and serves as a role model for other residential students. RAs offer programs and maintain order in their buildings.

Experience the Thiel Commitment We want you to know exactly what you’re getting into when you attend Thiel College. That’s why we’ve articulated what distinguishes Thiel from other schools in what we call “The Thiel Commitment.” When you commit to Thiel, we commit to you...for life!

AN EDUCATION WITH BREADTH AND DEPTH All of our academic programs can be completed in four years. They provide a strong foundation that prepares you for a career, a core of liberal arts classes that stretch your mind and elective courses that allow you to individualize your education.

HELP FOR EXPLORATORY STUDENTS Many students enter college

without a well-defined choice of major. At Thiel, major and career exploration begin after you’re admitted to the College, before classes begin. Entering students complete a simple online survey to determine their skills, values and interests. Students then work closely with their academic advisers to match their choice of major to potential career pathways. EXTENSIVE CAREER GUIDANCE — FOR LIFE Whether you need help in career decision-making, internship planning, job-hunting or networking, get help before, during and any time after graduation from Thiel.

AFFORDABILITY Thiel is one of the least expensive private colleges in western Pennsylvania. With our competitive scholarships and financial aid, we are often less expensive than regional public schools. WAYS TO SHOWCASE SKILLS With our co-curricular transcript and e-Portfolio system, you can demonstrate in a tangible way to future employers and professional schools what you’ve learned and accomplished. NINTH-SEMESTER TUITION BENEFIT Sometimes students need an extra semester to finish their degrees because of opportunities like internships, service learning or study abroad. These “extras” are an important part of the college experience and Thiel is making them affordable for students by significantly reducing tuition in the ninth semester– qualifying students receive the alumni tuition discount of 60 percent! POST-GRADUATE PERKS Our graduates can take additional classes with a 60-percent tuition discount in existing classes with available seats. And don’t forget that networking with thousands of Thiel alums will yield amazing advantages in your profession!


WEI-YU HUNG Taipei, Taiwan Junior, Fine Art

My hope is that I can help incoming international students become acquainted with Thiel. I want to be a support and resource for new international students. This is my advice to new students: enjoy your life at Thiel. Work hard, but also take time to get involved with campus life. Thiel is a good place to stay, a calm place to think and a positive environment.



• Application form and passport copy • Official senior high school transcript or official university/college transcripts • Statement of objective (essay) • Two letters of recommendation • Official certified bank statement • Sponsor’s affidavit of support/financial certification form • Nonrefundable application fee ($50) • English proficiency test score


ADMISSION: (At lease one of the following)

• TOEFL: 62 (IBT) • IELTS: 6.0 band • ACT: 18 composite score • SAT: 900/1600 scale (critical reading & math) and • GPA: 2.4 cumulative


(At lease one of the following) • TOEFL: Fall–45 (IBT); Spring–53 (IBT)

• IELTS: Fall–5.0 band; Spring–5.5 band


Thiel College is authorized by the U.S. government to issue Form I-20 for student use in securing the F-1 visa. All students with a non-immigrant student F-1 visa are required to enroll full-time (minimum 12 credit hours) for duration of program of study.


The completion of the medical history form and a physical examination with current immunization records are required prior to arrival on campus and registration for classes.

CONNECT WITH US! Skype contact: Jessica.Abinosa

(your personal admission counselor)

YU J. KANG ’12 Seoul, South Korea Exchange Student, Mathematics and Accounting

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For my first experience in the United States, Thiel was very comfortable and full of welcoming individuals. I felt free to ask questions because I knew the people at Thiel were willing to help.

An education for a Lifetime MAJORS, MINORS & ASSOCIATE DEGREES MAJORS Accounting Actuarial Studies (BS) Applied Physics (BS) Binary Engineering (BA/BS) Biology Biology/Conservation Biology/Forestry & Environmental Management Biology/Pre-Dental Biology/Pre-Medical Biology/Pre-Occupational Therapy Biology/Pre-Optometry Biology/Pre-Physical Therapy Biology/Pre-Physician Assistant Biology/Pre-Podiatry Biology/Pre-Veterinary Biology/Secondary Education Business Administration/Advertising Business Administration/Culinary Arts Business Administration/Fashion & Retail Management Business Administration/Finance Business Administration/General Business Administration/HR Business Administration/Management Business Administration/Marketing Business Administration/Mortuary Science Business Communication Chemistry Chemistry/ACS Certification (BS) Chemistry/Biochemistry Chemistry/Environmental Chemistry/Pre-Dental Chemistry/Pre-Medical Chemistry/Pre-Pharmacy Chemistry/Secondary Education Commercial Art Communication Sciences & Disorders (BA/BS)

Communication Studies Computer Science Criminal Justice Studies Cytotechnology E-Commerce (BS) Early Childhood/Special Education English/Literature English/Secondary Education English/Writing Environmental Science (BS) Fine Art Forensic Accounting General Science/Secondary Education History International Business Management Information Systems (BS) Mathematics Mathematics/Secondary Education Media Communication Medical Technology Neuroscience Parish Education Philosophy Physics/Secondary Education Political Science Political Science/Pre-Law Psychology Religion Social Studies/Secondary Education Sociology Theology & Youth Ministry Undecided/Exploratory Web Development (BS)


Accounting Behavioral Biology Biochemistry Business Administration Chemistry

Church Music Coaching Communication Studies Computer Science Economics English Environmental Chemistry Ethics Film Studies Fine Art Food & Agricultural Biology History Individualized Minor International Studies Legal Studies Mathematics Media Communication Medical Biology Music Parish Education Performing Arts Philosophy Physics Political Science Pre-Ministry Psychology Public Relations Religion Sociology Theatre Arts Wildlife Biology Women’s & Gender Studies

ASSOCIATE OF ARTS Accounting Liberal Studies Management Info Systems ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE E-Commerce Science Web Development

RUI WANG ’13 Jinan, China International Business

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...professors are approachable and willing to help. Faculty and staff care about the students and are willing to help with any needs. Thiel provides an environment where students can succeed, grow and learn.

An education for a Lifetime INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS PROGRAMS & ACTIVITIES Many programs are offered at Thiel that provide support specifically to international students. The Conversation Leader Program and the Host Family Program are two support programs that you will want to consider taking part in while at Thiel. Conversation Leader Program (CLP) CLP matches international students with Thiel students to help practice and learn English, build friendships and share cultures. Weekly one-onone meetings and monthly group activities are scheduled. Some common activities that students take part in with their leaders include: • Attending campus events • Eating meals together • Shopping at the Outlets Mall • Cooking meals together

Host Family Program Families from the Greenville, Pa. and surrounding areas who enjoy learning about new cultures and traditions and want to provide additional support to international students comprise our program. This rewarding program offers international students a chance to learn about American culture and traditions while creating friendships with host families. Also, by participating in the program students experience a sense of home.

A COMPREHENSIVE INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ORIENTATION is designed to help students adjust to living in the United States and as part of the Thiel community. During this three day orientation all new international and exchange students register for courses, take an English placement test, meet faculty members, staff and students, go on a campus tour and much more.

INTRAMURAL SPORTS including ultimate frisbee, pocket billiards, table tennis, basketball, flag football, kickball and softball are offered to all Thiel College students.

Fun and INTERACTIVE STUDENT ACTIVITIES are offered every Wednesday evening and on weekends. Students participate in karaoke, group games, dances and more! Recent TRIPS AND EVENTS include attending a Cleveland Indians baseball game, Cedar Point Amusement Park, on campus concerts featuring FloRida, Sean Kingston and Mac Miller; and bus trips to Chicago, New York City and Washington, D.C.

Choose from more than 50 STUDENT CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS in which to become involved. The Thiel World Organization (T.W.O.) hosts CULTURAL CELEBRATIONS AND EVENTS including an International Food Fair and a Culture Show where students can share their heritage and traditions with the campus and community. The Thiel Choir, marching band, fraternities and sororities are just a sample of the many organizations on campus. A weekly SHOPPING SHUTTLE, the “Tomcat Taxi,” takes students to local malls, favorite restaurants and even to the movie theater.


SEAN OROS Sandy Lake, Pennsylvania Junior, English Writing and History


The Deitrich Honors Institute is designed to help train and empower leaders for the world, using a variety of opportunities to hone wisdom and purpose. The students learn and grow together through classes in a specialized core and such bonuses as trips to Chicago, New York City, and even Italy.

Get the Full college Experience DIETRICH HONORS INSTITUTE (DHI) DHI MISSION The Dietrich Honors Institute endeavors to help students become full human beings whose breadth of knowledge, strength of character and thoughtfulness of action make them natural leaders in the world. The DHI curriculum is designed to inform through the acquisition of knowledge, to form through the building of character and to transform through engagement in service to the larger world. CO-CURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES Dietrich Scholars can enrich their honors experience in a variety of ways, including: • Contribute to The Harlequin, the DHI e-magazine • Assist with the annual publication of a book featuring honors papers • Enjoy field trips such as kayaking on local waters or exploring metropolitan areas such as New York or Chicago • Serve on the DHI Council or the DHI Student Advisory Board • Experience different cultures through study abroad • Participate in annual service projects • Serve as an ambassador representing the DHI and the College

SERVICE PROJECTS DHI students are strongly urged to participate in at least one service project each year. There are many from which to choose. Leadership cannot assume full shape apart from engagement in action. HONORS AND… The goal is for the DHI Scholar to be well-rounded. That means engaging in life outside of honors. Sports, music, theater, activities and groups of all kinds—are opportunities for growth and education. Students in the DHI are capable of contributing much to the world and are encouraged to become engaged as broadly as they can. BENFITS All students in the Dietrich Honors Institute can elect to live together in honors housing (Hodge Hall), which facilitates shared inquiry outside of the classroom and helps students grow in their identity as Dietrich Scholars. DHI participants also receive a $1,000 scholarship each year.

SHUNSUKE KOGAI ’13 Kanagawa-ken, Japan


Media Communication

Majoring in media communication, I have been able to learn many valuable skills that will help me in the future—learning the processes behind making TV programs, films and more. I am very excited to see the new Pedas Communication Center when it is completed. The benefits it will bring to the campus will have a vital impact on all Thiel students.


Individual and Collaborative Learning THE JAMES PEDAS COMMUNICATION CENTER The Pedas Center is designed to help students in all majors develop communication proficiencies for successful careers and it also will revolutionize the communication program at Thiel College. GROUNDBREAKING TOOK PLACE in 2013 and the building is to be completed in 2014. Be a part of a new era in the study of communication at Thiel College— one that combines Thiel’s long history of personalized learning with talented and dedicated faculty with a technologically advanced, LEEDcertified (green building program) facility where all students hone their skills and expand their portfolios.

ALL STUDENTS WILL ENJOY: • Integrated technology throughout the building • A media lab with Mac computers & software like the Adobe Creative Suite and Final Cut • A new home for the Communication Department & Office of Admission • Facilities for all campus media, including TV and radio control rooms, visual studios, broadcast booth, newspaper offices, editing suites and more with state-of-the-art high definition equipment (like our new tricaster) • Collaboration space, presentation rooms, lecture hall, SMART classrooms and more!


Computer Science Management Information Systems

Prepare for a Bright Future


After completing my G.C.E/Advanced Level in Kampala, Uganda, I enrolled at Thiel College as a freshman in January 2008 to pursue a degree in Computer Science and Management Information Systems. I learned a lot from my Thiel experience, the small school setting provided me with a great social life and also great relationships with my professors—especially with my adviser. The most important thing I learned from Thiel College was the ability to think independently and to solve problems in a more rational and efficient way. Another thing I loved about Thiel was the extracurricular activities like basketball, soccer, football and computer programming contests. Those activities made Thiel not only a great academic environment but a great place to form social bonds. With all this great college experience and the knowledge I acquired from Thiel, I was able to establish a very good career in database and software development after graduation. I now work as an independent software and database developer; I have worked for big corporations like Xerox, California Creative Solutions and am currently working for Harris Bank as their ETL developer. Thiel put me on the right path to success.


Make your difference through Thiel. THIEL



John A. Zawacki ‘71, President and CEO, the Blair Corporation. Shana C. High ’01, Outdoor Recreation Planner, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Dr. Frederick Petitt ‘78, Director of Science, EPCOT, Walt Disney World. Emily Meyer ’05 Assistant Communication Manager, Andy Warhol Museum. Dr. Mark Nordenberg ‘70, Chancellor, University of Pittsburgh. Kevin M. Hart ‘86, Vice President and Controller, Pittsburgh Penguins. PERIOD.

Elise Moore ’10, Business Analyst for Education Lending, PNC Bank. Debra Kidwell ‘82, Vice President of Marketing, Cracker Barrel Stores. Dr. Jack M. Wilson ‘67, President, University of Massachusetts. Kathryn D. Held, MD, Ph.D. ’75, Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology, Harvard Medical School. Dave Pilipovich ‘86 Head Coach, Air Force Academy Basketball Team. Allison Wynn ’09, auditor, U.S. Department of Defense. Where will you go?

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At Thiel College, you’re close enough to the “big city” to enjoy urban activities but also far enough away to be safe and free from distractions. To learn more about the Thiel College region and surrounding area, visit: u u

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