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Frequently Asked Questions

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Thales College Mission

Q What is Thales College?


Thales College is a unique undergraduate college designed to prepare students to excel in the modern workplace. Thales College offers:

  • A dual degree for every student – both a B.A. of Liberal Arts and Sciences and student’s choice of one of the following:
    • B.A. of Entrepreneurial Business
    • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering*
  • Hybrid learning format – online lectures paired with daily in-person, professor-led discussion sessions
  • Weekly in-person, one-on-one mentoring with a professor
  • Internships and other work experiences with local companies
  • Networking and extracurricular learning opportunities throughout each term

* License approved to offer a B.A. in Liberal Arts and Sciences and a B.A. in Entrepreneurial Business. License application is in preparation for a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.

Q Why was Thales College founded?


Thales College was founded to provide a high quality, affordable undergraduate option for students. Our founder, Bob Luddy, was frustrated that college students often graduate underprepared for the workplace and burdened with excessive debt. Thales College offers an exceptional education that provides the academic knowledge; thinking, life, technical, and workplace skills; character formation and work experience necessary to prepare students for a rich and meaningful life and a productive career. Thales College provides the essential skills and knowledge students need, and nothing they don’t. 

Q What sets Thales College apart?


Most colleges and universities teach the Liberal Arts and offer professional degrees. But few colleges and universities approach them the way we do at Thales College. Our faculty teach exactly the knowledge and skills students need to know, and nothing inconsequential or unneeded in future life or career.

Students learn from professors in small seminars and in one-on-one mentoring sessions, and share what they learn with people in the community, not just in the classroom. Learning in those settings is expanded by online content from the best minds in the world. Students practice what they learn and develop professional skills through internships with local companies. Together, online course material, class seminars, mentorship, internships, and networking opportunities provide the richest possible liberal arts and professional education. Our in-depth program and year-round schedule allow students to develop a wealth of knowledge and skills that thoroughly prepare them to succeed in the real world.

Thales College is unlike any other college. The college experience with us is focused on preparing students to excel throughout life and in a wide variety of career paths. We help our students maintain a disciplined study schedule and a balanced life, while promising a quality education that will set graduates apart from their peers.

Q Is Thales College a religious school?


No, Thales College is not a religious school. It is not affiliated with any religious institution or beliefs. However, our classical curriculum is based on the Judeo-Christian heritage of Western tradition, so we do study some religious texts (such as the Old Testament of the Christian Bible) within a historical context. Following the example of Thales of Miletus, we recognize the importance of cultivating intelligent piety as a necessary part of a fully human life. Therefore, unlike many colleges today, Thales College provides an environment that is friendly to religion, even though it does not advocate for or align with any specific religion.

Academic Program and Career Preparation

Q What degrees does Thales College offer?


Thales College is licensed by the State of North Carolina to offer a B.A. of Liberal Arts and Sciences and a B.A. of Entrepreneurial Business. We are preparing to apply for a license to offer a B.S. of Mechanical Engineering. Students will graduate with a dual degree – both a B.A. of Liberal Arts and Sciences as well as a B.A. of Entrepreneurial Business or a B.S. of Mechanical Engineering.

Q What majors do you plan to add in the future?


We plan to add a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Education and Leadership in order to prepare students to teach in private K-12 schools and cooperatives. Further in the future, we may add a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. We are open to your recommendations about other majors.

Q Why are paid internships so important at Thales College?


Thales College utilizes internships to fully prepare students for careers in a variety of fields. We firmly believe that students benefit enormously from paid internships in productive companies and organizations, because they have the opportunity to contribute in a tangible way to the real world. Classroom learning is applied in real-time within the internship atmosphere in a low risk setting that allows students to explore a wide range of potential careers and opportunities. Students gain an impressive resume of soft skills and real world work experience through internships, in ways that their classroom-only peers significantly lack.

The vast majority of employers prefer to hire recent graduates with internship or work experience, due to the skills and workplace confidence they have developed through prior internships. When choosing between a recent graduate who participated and/or held leadership roles in numerous campus clubs and extracurriculars and a recent graduate who completed internships or part-time work, employers most often prefer the candidate with real work experience.

Lastly, paid internships enable students to pay their tuition and graduate with little to no student debt. We expect students to begin internships in Term 3 and continue through the remainder of their time at Thales College. We have designed the course schedule to allow students to work at their internships daily. An internship does not guarantee employment at the partner company following graduation, but many interns often receive full-time job offers from the employer if their work is satisfactory.

Watch this video to learn more about internships at Thales College.

Q How do students acquire paid internships?


We maintain a growing list of businesses and help our students to obtain internships in their field of interest. Thales College establishes relationships with businesses that provide valuable goods and services, exhibit organizational and leadership excellence, and provide meaningful work for interns. It is up to the student to apply for and maintain excellent performance within their internships; we support them by providing the connections to help them acquire internships. This allows students to learn the job acquisition process and build self-reliance.

Q Could I obtain two professional degrees rather than a liberal arts and a professional degree?


No. The mission of Thales College is to provide an affordable Liberal Arts and Professional education so that students develop the wisdom–intellectual ability, meaningful knowledge, moral character, and professional excellence–needed to thrive in life and work. We have intentionally designed our program to allow students to receive both a liberal arts and a professional preparation. The two work together to provide a balanced and well-rounded background for optimum fulfillment and performance.

Q What type of faculty members does Thales College employ?


Thales College employs teacher-scholars who are experts in their subject areas and who model lifelong learning. They are humble and approachable thinkers, as well as well-read and engaging teachers. They are devoted to developing the minds of students, setting high standards, and helping each individual to fulfill their potential.

Q Are you accepting employment applications?


Yes, please email your CV to Grattan Brown, S.Th.D. at

Q Is Thales College licensed and accredited?


Thales College is licensed but has chosen not to pursue regional accreditation. The UNC Board of Governors has granted Thales College a license to offer a Bachelor of Arts in the Liberal Arts and Sciences, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Entrepreneurial Business. We are currently preparing an application for licensure for a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

Thales College chooses not to pursue accreditation because it does not intend to participate in federal or state financial aid programs. The College is committed to providing an affordable education not funded by government loans or requiring student debt. Due to its lengthy process, accreditation introduces tasks beyond those that faculty and administrators would ordinarily perform, which greatly increases operating costs and thus tuition costs to students and their families. For all of these reasons, Thales College has chosen not to pursue accreditation in order to stay true to its mission of affordable education. Regional accreditation is not necessary to maintain academic quality and implement continuous improvement practices such as internal and external review. Students can rest assured that they will receive an excellent education and formation at TC, because the College holds their own performance to extremely high standards.

Some Thales College students may encounter obstacles if they wish to transfer credits or apply to graduate school, but based on our in-depth analysis, those obstacles would be manageable for most students.

When a student graduates from Thales College, their transcript, the work they have produced, and their wealth of internship experience will provide all of the background they need to show employers that they are well-prepared to excel in the workplace.

Read more about our stance on accreditation here: Thales College License & Accreditation

Attending Thales College

Q What is the tuition rate at Thales College?


Tuition at Thales College is $4,000/term. That means our total tuition is $32,000 (over 8 terms) for a B.A. of Entrepreneurial Business and $40,000 (over 10 terms) for a B.S. of Mechanical Engineering, plus a B.A. of Liberal Arts and Sciences for either option included at no extra charge.

Essentially, students can earn two bachelor's degrees at Thales College for less than the cost of a single year at a typical private college. And because students will complete their degrees in about three years at Thales College, they will enter the workforce a year earlier than students who attend traditional colleges and universities. That means they will begin working, earning, and contributing to their community well before the average student completes their degree.

Why $4,000/term? This is the inflation adjusted amount our founder, Bob Luddy, paid for his college education in the ‘60s. By working through school, Bob was able to graduate debt free, an accomplishment most students only dream of today. At Thales College, we believe a college education should be within reach for every student. For this reason, we are committed to maintaining a rate comparable to the cost of college decades ago. We prioritize essential expenses and cut out all unnecessary extra fees to make this possible.

Source: Figures based on two semesters of tuition in the 2017-18 school year.

Additional expenses will include: Books, transportation and living expenses, technology expenses (all students are required to own a laptop computer and have access to wifi in order to participate in online coursework).

Q Is financial aid available?


Yes, Thales College provides scholarships for students with demonstrated financial need and accepts scholarships from other organizations. We do not accept government loans and grants. Thales College closely manages operating costs in order to run effectively on an affordable tuition. We are committed to ensuring students can pay tuition with the income earned from internships or part-time employment throughout their time in college.

Thales College will award five Founder’s Scholarships to students in our inaugural class. The Founder’s Scholarship is a 50% tuition scholarship awarded to a student who demonstrates academic excellence, exceptional character, a rigorous work ethic, and strong communication skills. Candidates must receive acceptance to Thales College before applying for the Founder’s Scholarship. Interested applicants may contact our admissions director for information on the application essay and requirements.

Q What are the admission requirements for Thales College?


Applicants will be reviewed by the following factors: application, essays, personal interview, SAT/ACT score (minimum 1100 SAT, 22 ACT required for admission), high school transcript (minimum 3.25 GPA required for admission), previous school or employer recommendation.

Candidates with a high likelihood of success in the program will be selected for admission.

Q What does a typical week look like at Thales College?


In a typical week, students come to campus each morning for in-person class seminars and discussions. Daily seminars help students break down texts and concepts, discuss major themes, develop critical thinking skills, and improve reasoning and communication abilities. (When necessary, students will attend via video conferencing rather than on campus).

Afternoons and evenings are free for study, internships, part-time work, and social life.

Once per week, each student meets one-on-one with a professor. Following the Oxford Tutorial model (developed at the University of Oxford), the professor challenges the student to apply critical thinking and communications skills, study a topic deeply, assimilate various views, and defend his or her own position. This personalized form of learning pushes students to excel and provides the opportunity to connect abstract ideas to the real world. In addition, these one-on-one sessions allow for mentorship and advising opportunities between professor and student, preparing the student to build a prosperous and fulfilling life after college.

Each evening and on weekends, students access study materials and view lectures online, in order to prepare for upcoming in-person seminars and tutorials. Students also have ample time each morning for independent study and group study with classmates.

Q Where is Thales College located?


Thales College is located in Raleigh, North Carolina. A campus has been secured and the address will be announced soon.

Q Are housing options provided for students?


No, Thales College is not a residential college. All students have the freedom to live in the location of their choosing. We are happy to make recommendations for areas of town, as well as assist incoming students in connecting with each other in order to find a roommate, if desired.

Q How long will I be enrolled at Thales College?


Thales College is an accelerated degree program. Students will take 5 courses per 15-week term (15 credit hours) and earn standard (traditionally 4-year) Bachelor’s degrees in approximately 3 years.

Year 1

  • Fall Term
  • Spring Term
  • Summer Term

Year 2

  • Fall Term
  • Spring Term
  • Summer Term

Year 3

  • Fall Term
  • Spring Term Entrepreneurial Business students graduate in May of Year 3 with a B.A. of Liberal Arts and Sciences and a B.A. of Entrepreneurial Business.
  • Summer Term

Year 4

  • Fall Term Mechanical Engineering students graduate in December of Year 4 with a B.A. of Liberal Arts and Sciences and a B.S. of Mechanical Engineering (pending license).

Studying year-round will allow students to retain their learning, as courses at TC build upon each other. Our daily schedule keeps afternoons open for participation in internships and other extracurricular involvements, further contributing to classroom learning. Our academic calendar follows the same rhythm of adult working life, preparing students to transition easily to working full-time following graduation.

Q Since Thales College is year-round, will I have any time off?


Yes! Seven weeks per year, spread between terms and over holidays.