Thiel Welcomes Largest Incoming Class in 5 Years

GREENVILLE, Pa. – Classes begin today at Thiel College, which is welcoming its largest incoming class in five years. This year’s group includes 340 first-year, transfer and international students who participated in orientation events last week.

This group of first-year students is coming to campus in the midst of a milestone year as Thiel College is celebrating its sesquicentennial, officials noted.

“This is a special year for these students. They stand at the starting line of a four-year journey full of promise and opportunity, but it is also special for me, too,” said Thiel College President Susan Traverso, who took office Aug. 1 as the college’s 20th president. “I consider myself a first-year, too. I am getting to know our students and campus better and will be sharing the stories of our talented and creative students with alumni and friends of the College.”

This year’s incoming class represents 17 states. The top five states represented are Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, Maryland and Florida. This is Thiel’s largest incoming class since 2011 and also represents the largest class for the College’s Dietrich Honors Institute, since its inception in 2012. The honors institute will add 28 students this fall. The incoming class has a cumulative 3.09 grade point average.

Pictured: First-year students recite the “Thiel College pledge” during orientation activities last week.

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