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Exciting Time of Growth at Thiel College

Now is an exciting time of growth at Thiel College in Greenville, Pa. Thiel is a creative and energetic college that is experiencing enrollment growth through strong undergraduate programs and robust co-curricular offerings. The College has also expanded into graduate education with master’s degree programs in clinical mental health counseling, communication and leadership, business administration, physician assistant studies, and speech-language pathology. In addition to its 38 undergraduate degrees that comprise new programs—including environmental safety management, sports management, data analytics, and exercise science—as well as time-tested majors such as accounting, education, and psychology, the College recently introduced five graduate degree programs that are pioneering several valued courses of study in the current job market.

The graduate program options at Thiel include master’s degrees in business administration, clinical mental health counseling, communication and leadership, physician assistant studies and speech-language pathology. All the graduate programs include a fifth-year option for undergraduate Thiel students. If accepted into a program, students can graduate with a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in five years. The first class of students of the Master of Arts in clinical mental health counseling program began in 2022.

“Thiel College is an institution committed to creating the leaders the world needs now,” said Thiel College President Susan Traverso, Ph.D.

“Thiel is a place of opportunity that puts our graduates in a place to reach their full potential and become leaders, whether that is in the boardroom, the emergency room, the classroom, or the meeting room. The addition of graduate programming and the strength of the last two recruiting classes have elevated the academic profile of our students.”

The College’s undergraduate nursing program has also been recently restored, which comes at a time when the importance of healthcare workers has been particularly emphasized during the worldwide pandemic. This collaborative nursing program requires students to complete their studies at both the College and at a local hospital, which provides them with the advantages of a college experience and the practicality of training in a hospital setting to earn an R.N. degree.

With a strategic focus on allied health and sciences, including nursing, the College completed $7.5 million in renovations of the Rhodehouse Science Building, which includes updated lab and classroom spaces and collaborative and lounge areas as well as a new human anatomy lab.

In the past five years, more than $40 million in capital improvements have been made to the campus’s academic, athletic, wellness and residential facilities.

In recent years, the College has been recognized as a Top North Region college in Western Pa. and a top college for social mobility in Western Pa. according to U.S. News and World Report; an Arbor Day Foundation Tree Campus USA; and as a Grateful Graduates institution by Forbes magazine. The College also joins Princeton, Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh as one of just six Dietrich Foundation higher education institutions in the United States.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Speech-Language Pathology and Physician Assistant students have access to clinical rotations as well as clinical hours for Speech-Language students in the campus’s Center for Speech-Language Services which offers free appointments to community members.

“My experience was nothing short of amazing,” speech-language pathology graduate Nicole Plassio M.S. ’21 said. “I’m so grateful to go to a school that provided me with an excellent education as well as the opportunity to gain hands-on experience.”

For the third straight year, Thiel College’s total enrollment has grown according to its recently completed census. Total enrollment has increased by 7 percent over 2021.

These statistics starkly contrast those of national reports that show a continued decrease in college enrollment across the United States.

“I’m happy to report that our efforts to offer new undergraduate and graduate programs have led to enrollment increases,” Traverso said. “At Thiel, our emphasis is on letting students shape themselves into the type of leaders they want to be.”

Contact Thiel at 75 College Avenue, Greenville, Pennsylvania 16125. Visit or call 1-800-24-THIEL. For more information, contact Thiel College at


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