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College’s most diverse class brings an exceptional mix of talent and perspectives to campus


College’s most diverse class brings an exceptional mix of talent and perspectives to campus

GREENVILLE, Pa.—Thiel College, a leading liberal arts college in northwest Pennsylvania, welcomed one of its most diverse new student classes in its 151-year history Friday.

Welcome Weekend started with first-year student move-in and continues through the weekend with activities focused on enhancing the first-year student experience. The remainder of the student population moves in Sunday and classes begin Monday.

Thiel College’s first-year class includes 243 students. Students came from 16 states, and 24 percent of the incoming students are from ethnically and racially diverse backgrounds. About 10 percent of the first-year class includes international students from Australia, Bangladesh, Germany, Japan, Pakistan, Poland, South Korea, Sweden and Vietnam.

“The Thiel College community is excited to welcome new and returning students to campus,” Thiel College President Susan Traverso, Ph.D., said. “Each fall we get a burst of energy and enthusiasm with their arrival. This year’s group brings a wide array of talents and perspectives to our campus to create a vibrant, welcoming and inclusive learning environment.”

The new students moved into their rooms, picked up their laptops, made their traditional march along Brother Martin’s Walk and were admitted into the incoming class during Opening Convocation.

Adding to the excitement are new facilities and initiatives aimed at helping students become motivated to succeed in college.

A state-of-the-art Science Connector opens this semester for student use, adding nearly 8,000 square feet of classroom, lab and collaborative space. A new track and field complex will also be opened to students and the local community, bringing Thiel’s last varsity sports team to a facility on campus.

The College has also implemented a revamped first-year experience program helping students become more deeply involved in the Thiel community and college life in their first semester.

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Thiel College is an independent college founded in the Lutheran tradition. Located in Greenville, Pa., the College offers 60 majors and minors, 24 varsity sports, and an 11:1 student-faculty ratio. The College is also home to a Master of Science in speech-language pathology, a Leadership Master of Business Administration and a Management Master of Business Administration. Both master’s degree programs offer innovative and accelerated five-year paths which allow students to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years. The speech-language pathology program also has an accelerated 15-month graduate-level program. The M.B.A. program also has a 12-month post-graduate program. A dedicated faculty paired with dynamic research and internship opportunities produce numerous graduate school and job placements. Coeducational from its beginnings, the College remains committed to combining tradition with innovation.

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