Now that I’m working with my teen to prepare for his college years, I know the challenges of finding the right college fit for a homeschooled student. That’s why I’m excited to share what I’ve learned about Thiel College with you today.
*This post is sponsored by Thiel College. See my full disclosure here.*
Both of my kids have always been homeschooled; I know I’ll never regret that. However, while I’m completely confident about the personalized education they’re experiencing at home, I acknowledge that a nontraditional learning approach can seem out of place in the college admissions process and the transition to college life itself.
That’s why it’s so important to choose a college that provides homeschooled students with a smooth transition to the college grind. Thankfully, you don’t have to search high and low to find a college like this. In fact, Thiel College welcomes homeschoolers.
From Homeschool to College Life with Thiel College
Thiel College is the homeschool-friendly college you didn’t know you needed for your student. It’s located in Greenville, Pennsylvania, a 90-minute drive from both Pittsburgh and Cleveland, and a 40-minute drive from Youngstown, Ohio.
In a nutshell, Thiel College’s location provides a small town atmosphere in the western Pennsylvania countryside, but with easy access to bigger cities.
That sweet spot means students can enjoy a vibrant outdoor life along with the perks that come with having cities nearby: dynamic cultural experiences, opportunities for internships, service learning, educational trips, and entertainment.
Beyond its unique location, what sets Thiel College apart from many other choices are the small class sizes. In fact, 70% of the classes have less than twenty students and there’s even an 11:1 student to faculty ratio.
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Trust me, this 11:1 student to faculty ratio is important. I remember the pure shock I experienced upon entering classes with as many as 150 students in my first semester of college. Worth noting, I felt that shock and attended a large public school!
These small class sizes go a long way in promoting a smooth transition from high school at home to college. But beyond the class sizes, Thiel students benefit from enrichment opportunities like cultural and educational excursions and study abroad experiences that are such an important part of homeschool life.
And speaking of transitioning to college life, Thiel also hosts a yearly Welcome Weekend. This is a first-year student orientation that helps incoming students transition smoothly, meet new friends, and become familiar with campus traditions, policies, and other important aspects of college life.
Why Choose Thiel College for Your Homeschooler?
Here are a few other things that make Thiel College a fantastic fit for homeschooled students:
- There are more than 60 majors and minors offered. (This includes creative writing, my high schooler’s chosen major.)
- Most students live on campus.
- There are more than 100 clubs, teams, and organizations available, providing lots of ways to pursue interests, find community, and enjoy campus life.
- Thiel College offers 24 NCAA Division III varsity sports options for students. (Learn more about these at Thiel Athletics.)
- Thiel’s invitation-only Dietrich Honors Institute offers a custom curriculum developed for its members. You know how much homeschoolers appreciate a customized curriculum, right?
- Ninety-five percent of Thiel students report being employed or studying in their field within three months of graduation.
- Thiel graduates have continued their studies at Duke, Harvard, Oxford, University of Chicago, Vanderbilt, Yale, and other top universities.
Learn More About Thiel College
Want to know more? You can learn more about admission requirements for homeschoolers and request more information through Thiel’s Admissions Office.
Also, as a parent of a prospective student, you can learn more about how Thiel partners with families through their Parent and Family Orientation program.
In closing, be encouraged! Transitioning from homeschool to college doesn’t have to be a stressful experience for you or your teen. In fact, you may find it better than you ever dreamed with a partner like Thiel College.