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Take the first step – Thiel College offers admission on a rolling basis and will review a completed application once official transcripts and official SAT/ACT test scores are received. Decisions are typically made within two weeks.

Returning users, please use the Self Service Center.

Application Instructions/Requirements

After submitting an application, students must also submit:

  • Official high school transcripts (required)
  • Scores from the ACT/SAT (required)
    • Thiel College accepts scores from both the old and new versions of the SAT. We will super-score the Math and Critical Reading portions of the SAT to give you the highest overall composite score. However, Thiel will not super-score a mix of old and new versions of the SAT. For more information about converting old and new SAT scores, students can use the College Board’s SAT Score Converter. Thiel College does not super-score the ACT.
  • Essay - The Common Application and our online application contain essay prompts for essay content and direction. (required)
  • Teacher recommendation (optional)
  • High School Guidance Counselor recommendation (optional)

A $25 non-refundable application fee is required with applications not submitted online. Checks should be made Thiel College.

Thiel College does not have a minimum grade point average or standardized test score needed for admission, as each student is evaluated on their own academic, extra-curricular and social merits. However, research shows success at Thiel College can be measured by a students performance in their high school course work and rigor. Students who have a cumulative GPA below a 2.5 in core classes (math, science, English, social science and foreign language) are required to complete the optional portions of the application (teacher and high school guidance counselor recommendations).

Recommended High School Curriculum

The admission committee recommends the following high school curriculum to best prepare students for academic success at Thiel College:

  • English - 4 units
  • Mathematics (including algebra II) - 3 units*
  • Natural science (with labs preferred) - 3 units*
  • Social science - 2 units
  • Foreign language - 2 units
  • Academic electives - 4 units
  • Total - 18 units

*Candidates considering majors in the sciences, accounting or mathematics are strongly encouraged to complete four courses each of mathematics and science in their high school programs.

Notification of Admission

Thiel College admits students on a rolling basis. Students may begin applying to Thiel College on August 1 of their senior year in high school. The first notifications for admission will be mailed the third week in October. Applicants are notified of admission decisions on a rolling basis within one to two weeks upon the completion of their application after November 1. Thiel College does encourage a priority application deadline of December 15 to qualify for Scholarship Celebration Days. Qualified applicants will continue to be accepted throughout the summer and up and until the start of the fall semester. Students final 7th semester GPA and highest test score (ACT composite or SAT super-score) taken prior to February 1, 2017 will be used for the awarding of merit scholarship.

*Thiel College honors the National Candidates Reply Date of May 1 for students to submit their enrollment deposit. Students are still able to make their deposit after May 1, however the $200 enrollment deposit will be non-refundable.

Home School Student Information

Thiel College welcomes home school students to apply for admission. Additionally, we welcome applications from students who have been home-schooled for all or part of their secondary education. All home school applicants are eligible for merit-based scholarships and financial aid consideration.

In addition to the application, home school students must include the following documents:

  • ACT or SAT scores (scores should be sent directly from ACT/SAT).
  • High school transcript - Applicants must produce a transcript demonstrating courses taken, grades achieved and completion of high school, signed and dated by the parent educator.
  • Letter of recommendation - Applicants must submit a letter of recommendation from a non-parent teacher or from an outside teacher or instructor.

Non-Traditional Students

1-4 year(s) removed from high school graduation:

  • Official high school transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Essay: “The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?” (Common App Prompt from 2016-17)

1-4 year(s) removed from GED graduation:

  • Official GED transcripts
  • ACT/SAT board scores
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Essay: “The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?” (Common App Prompt from 2016-17)

5 or more years removed from formal classroom instruction:

  • High school transcripts or GED transcripts
  • Letter of reference and recommendation
  • Essay: “The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?” (Common App Prompt from 2016-17)