Do you have a teenager or two in your home? I have one in college and one researching colleges at the moment. So, I’m not a newbie to finding the right college for my teen.
Choosing a college that is a good fit is not an easy task. It takes time and research.
For my oldest, a large university nearby was the school he opted to attend. But, my daughter has different ideas about college. She would excel at a small liberal arts school, and she certainly doesn’t want to live close enough to have her parents drop in at a moment’s notice.
So, we’ve been researching small liberal arts schools. That’s when we came across a college in Pennsylvania that had some great reviews. That college is a small school with connections to Fred Rogers and Amelia Earhart named Thiel College.
What is Thiel College?
As we were researching colleges, I noticed a few things about this college that stood out.
- Thiel College is an independent liberal arts, sciences, and professional studies institution committed to providing quality undergraduate education and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
- It is located in the small community of Greenville in Mercer County, Pennsylvania, about a 90-minute drive from both Pittsburgh and Cleveland.
- The unique location allows students and visitors to enjoy both the wonders of nature abundant in the western Pennsylvania countryside and take advantage of the dynamic cultural experiences offered in nearby cities.
What does Thiel College offer?
I can’t possibly mention all that Thiel College offers its students, but here are a few that stood out to us.
- They offer over 60 undergraduate majors and minors and three graduate degree programs.
- The current student-faculty ratio is 11:1; 70% of classes have fewer than 20 students.
- Eight percent of the faculty hold the highest degree in their field.
- Students can choose from more than 100 clubs, organizations, and teams that include performing arts and athletics, as well as student government, student media, and multicultural, political, and religious groups.
- 100% of students complete an internship or practicum prior to graduation.
- 95% of graduates report being employed or studying in their field within three months of graduation.
- Thiel College was ranked as the top school in western Pennsylvania overall and recognized for the social mobility of its graduates among the Regional Colleges in the North in the 37th edition of U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges rankings.
- Thiel consistently appears on the Forbes list of Grateful Grad Colleges: The Top 200 Show-Me-The-Money Schools.
- Recent facility investments include $11 million in new science facilities and equipment.
- Thiel awarded more than $14.2 million in undergraduate grants and scholarships last year.
Thiel’s New Master’s Program
As homeschoolers, we enjoy the freedom to make our education our own and that often means working through programs at an accelerated pace to traditional schooling.
At Thiel College, your student can accelerate their education with a 5-year Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree pathway program. With this program, students can complete their Bachelor’s Degree at Thiel and earn their Master’s in as little as 11 months in these areas:
- Communication Sciences and Disorders/Speech-language Pathology
- Business and Accounting/MBA
- All other majors/Communication and Leadership
- Physician Assistant/Physician Assistant
- Psychology/Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Homeschool Students Welcomed
Homeschooled students are not only encouraged to apply for admission, but they are also eligible for merit-based scholarships and financial aid consideration. Thiel prides itself in being a school that is for students who learn differently.
So, if your student is interested in a small liberal arts college with a great program, check out the video below and see if Thiel College is the place for your teen.
Hi, I’m Dachelle. I’m a homeschooling mom of 3 in the South. I love chocolate and have been known to hide it from my children. I can often be found reading a good book (or even sometimes just an okay book) and enjoying a jar of Nutella — don’t judge. I blog, here, at HideTheChocolate.com when I’m not creating book clubs and making lists…lots and lots of lists (it’s an addiction). Learn more…