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Temple University

  • Philadelphia, PA
    location
  • Public
    type
  • Urban
    setting
  • 51%49%
    student ratio
  • 28,068
    total students
  • $13,406 | $23,432
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • March 1
    fall application deadline
  • 63%
    acceptance rate
  • Moderately Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • 571
    sat math
  • 558
    sat reading
  • 553
    sat writing
  • 24
    act composite

Overview

Culture, History, Recreation, and Entertainment Abound in Philadelphia

The city of brotherly love, Philadelphia, is also a city of artistic venues and celebrated sites. Many museums grace the city, including the famous Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Academy of Natural Sciences. Historic sites such as Independence Hall and the Library Bell invite students to learn more about the American Revolution.

Culture flourishes as one of the country's oldest opera houses remains home to many of Philadelphia's opera, ballet, and theatre performances. Students who love seeing sports will enjoy this Pennsylvania city. They can cheer professional level hockey, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, football and baseball teams.

If students want the great outdoors, the city and the rural Pennsylvania regions around it offer plenty of activity. The world's largest municipal park is in Philadelphia. Its grounds invite visitors to hike, bike, and blade. The park also encompasses the Philadelphia Zoo, the first zoo in the U.S. In the surrounding countryside, the Delaware River welcomes sailing and tubing activities. Lakes are ready for fishing, boating and swimming.

People who enjoy shopping will take to Philadelphia. Unique streets offer specialty shops and fun dining. Cheesesteak is the food Philly is known for, yet the city provides eateries, pubs and restaurants with varied personalities and opportunities to hear live music or sample ethnic cuisine.

Temple University's main campus is close to the culture and dining center of the city. Temple is a large, public university that operates eight campuses and awards degrees in a comprehensive assortment of academic programs. The university connects its Philadelphia scholars to discount tickets for sports, concerts and exhibits, so they can enjoy this dynamic metropolitan area of Pennsylvania.

Cultural Opportunities and Social Activities at Temple

Temple University has a strong representation of students from the Philadelphia area, yet the school also enrolls individuals from throughout the nation and the world on its campuses. The international students at Temple can rely on a strong support network and intensive English programs. The university also encourages international visitors.

Cultural opportunities abound for the student interested in experiencing a global education. Temple has established campuses in Tokyo and Rome and has programs in England, China, and other countries. An International Affairs office oversees the study abroad and student exchange programs. Summer study abroad programs transform the summer of leisure into a whole new realm of cultural opportunities. Students may also spend a semester or year studying outside the U.S.

Closer to the campus, the Office of Student Activities hosts social activities, including week-long events. From multi-cultural nights and scavenger hunts to bingo and open microphone evenings, activities for a social life are in abundance. Many student organizations also contribute to a productive social life for the new student and offer the chance for leadership roles. Greek life has a lengthy history at Temple. In addition to fraternities and sororities, students can find social organizations focused on their interests - from engineering and fashion to environment and community service.

Sports clubs and intramurals are popular at the university, with many sports represented. The Temple Owls' athletic teams provide another option for participation. Some of the men's teams include baseball, basketball, football, soccer, golf, rowing crew, and gymnastics. Women compete in fencing, field hockey, basketball, lacrosse, and other sports. Temple athletics adds another dimension to a spirited social life outside of the classroom.

Temple's Diversity on Campus Is Shown in Many Ways

The diversity on campus at Temple University is apparent in the student population, faculty, and educational curriculum. Students come from various socioeconomic backgrounds, cultures, states, and even countries. Temple strives to retain accomplished, supportive professors that are open to students' ideas, as well as diversity in student thought.

This large, public institution provides a significant number of academic programs through school and college divisions, ranging from the College of Engineering to the School of Communications and Theater. A diverse mix of degree programs shows a commitment to the creative arts and state-of-the-art technology. Students may also benefit from diversity in educational programs they might not find at a smaller university, such as degrees in Opera, Russian, or Women's Studies.

Though the university is predominantly undergraduate, it also has master's and doctoral degree programs that advance the areas of research and scholarship. Its respected, professional colleges prepare students to be practitioners in the fields of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, podiatry, and law.

Students can learn about other cultures without leaving the campus by participating in collaborative projects with colleges in other countries, made possible through virtual coordination of the projects.

The student activities office promotes information on other cultures in several ways. For example, off-campus get-togethers are held at local, ethnic restaurants and organizations sponsor events that explore the traditions of other cultures.

Those students hoping to work in a global marketplace will appreciate the diversity on campus, around the classroom, in student organizations, and within study abroad programs. Interacting with other students from all walks of life creates a well-rounded graduate, ready to work in a world where cultural differences are welcomed.


Location & Contact

1801 North Broad Street
PA 19122-6096

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Agriculture
    • Horticultural Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Architecture
    • Architecture
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Landscape Architecture
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Area and ethnic studies
    • African American/Black Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • American Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Asian Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Latin American Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Women's Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biochemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biophysics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Neuroscience
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Accounting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Actuarial Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business/Commerce
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Entrepreneurship
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Finance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Hospitality Administration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Human Resources Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Insurance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Business/Trade/Commerce
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marketing/Marketing Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Real Estate
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Advertising
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Journalism
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mass Communication/Media
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Organizational Communication
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Radio and Television
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer and Information Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Computer and Information Sciences Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Information Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Art Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Elementary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Foreign Language Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mathematics Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Middle School Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Science Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Social Studies Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Technical Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Engineering
    • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Civil Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mechanical Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Engineering technologies
    • Civil Engineering Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Engineering Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • Classics and Classical Languages
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • French
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • German
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Italian
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Linguistics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Athletic Training
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Therapy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Public Health Education and Promotion
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Therapeutic Recreation
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting, and protective services
    • Criminal Justice/Safety
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • Mathematics and Computer Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Natural Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Law/legal studies
    • Legal Professions and Studies Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • General Studies
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Applied Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Applied Mathematics Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mathematics Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Environmental Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Parks and recreation
    • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Parks, Recreation and Leisure
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sport And Fitness Administration/Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Jewish/Judaic Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Religious Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Geology/Earth Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physical Sciences Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Public administration and social services
    • Social Work
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Anthropology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Geography Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Relations and Affairs
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Acting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Art
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Ceramic Arts and Ceramics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Commercial and Advertising Art
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fiber, Textile and Weaving Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Film/Cinema/Video Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Graphic Design
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Jazz/Jazz Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Metal and Jewelry Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music History, Literature, and Theory
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Pedagogy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Performance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Theory and Composition
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Painting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Photography
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Printmaking
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sculpture
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

63% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied18,813
    • Accepted12,016
    • Acceptance Rate63%
    • Enrolled28,068
    • Female Applicants10,499
    • Females Accepted6,755
    • Female Acceptance Rate64%
    • Male Applicants8,314
    • Males Accepted5,261
    • Male Acceptance Rate63%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.44
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen March 1st --
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer June 1st --
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 558 500 610
    • SAT Math 571 510 620
    • SAT Writing 553 500 610
    • ACT Composite 24 22 27
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$13,406
    • Out-of-state tuition *$23,432
    • In-district tuitionNot Reported
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$690.00
    • Room and board *$10,296.00
    • Room only *$6,958.00
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students28,068
    • Male Student Percentage49%
    • Female Student Percentage51%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino5.35%
    • Black or African American13.41%
    • White or Caucasian59.51%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.19%
    • Asian10%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.09%
    • Two or more races2.28%
    • Unknown5.23%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout3.94% representing 103 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students21% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements Not Reported
    • Housing options Coed housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 18%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station Yes
    • Marching band Yes
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services Yes
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities Yes
    • Greek sororities Yes
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Temple Slavic Association, Alpha Epsilon Delta (Pre-professional students with interests in pursuing careers in healthcare), Habitat for Humanity, National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association, Queer Student Union
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other Not Reported

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division I
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Badminton Yes No No
    • Baseball No Division 1 Yes
    • Basketball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Bowling Yes No No
    • Cheerleading No Yes Yes
    • Crew No Yes Yes
    • Cross-country running No Yes Yes
    • Equestrian sports Yes No No
    • Fencing Yes No No
    • Field hockey No No No
    • Football No Division A Yes
    • Golf No Division 1 Yes
    • Gymnastics Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Ice hockey Yes No No
    • Lacrosse Yes No No
    • Rugby Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Softball No No No
    • Swimming Yes No No
    • Tennis Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Track No Division 1 Yes
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes No No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Badminton Yes No No
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Bowling Yes No No
    • Cheerleading No Yes Yes
    • Crew No Yes Yes
    • Cross-country running No Yes Yes
    • Equestrian sports Yes No No
    • Fencing Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Field hockey No Division 1 Yes
    • Football No No No
    • Golf No No No
    • Gymnastics Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Ice hockey No No No
    • Lacrosse Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Rugby Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Softball No Division 1 Yes
    • Swimming Yes No No
    • Tennis Yes Yes Yes
    • Track No Division 1 Yes
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 1 Yes

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty2,941
    • Full-time Percentage50%
    • Part-time Percentage50%
    • Female Percentage42%
    • Male Percentage58%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio14:1 or 25,851 students to 1,790 faculty


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