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Philadelphia, PA 19122-6096
p. 215-204-7000
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Temple University

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Introduction

Students who wish to attend a big and well known university in the United States should consider choosing Temple University. Temple is a comprehensive public research institution with over 39,000 students, and is the nation’s 25th biggest university, along with being the fourth biggest giver of specialized education (pharmacy, dentistry, medicine, podiatric medicine and law) in the country.

This institution is recognized for its eminent faculty in seventeen colleges and schools, which include the schools of Dentistry, Law, Medicine, Podiatry and Pharmacy and a legendary Health Sciences Center.

Temple University is part of the state of Pennsylvania’s 3 public research institutions, along with Penn State University and the University of Pittsburgh.

Based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; the university also has 4 regional campuses – this includes its Health Sciences Campus, flagship Main Campus and its Center City Campus located in the city of Philadelphia and a main suburban campus located in Ambler.

There are also learning centers located in Fort Washington and Harrisburg, and overseas campuses in Rome, Italy and Tokyo, Japan. This institution of higher learning also offers academic programs in countries such as Israel, Great Britain, People’s Republic of China, France, Greece and other nations across the globe.

History

In 1884, Temple University was established by Dr. Russell Conwell—a Yale graduate, Boston attorney, gifted orator and Baptist minister who also rendered service in the Union Army all through the American Civil War. In 1882, Dr. Conwell came to Pennsylvania in order to lead a branch of Grace Baptist Church and at the same time, he was also teaching working class citizens – the teaching sessions took place late in the night in order to accommodate the students’ work schedules.

The students, who were later nicknamed ”Night Owls”, were receiving their classes in Conwell Baptist Temple’s basement, hence where the institution gets its name. The popularity of the Grace Baptist Church began to grow fast within the area of North Philadelphia. In order to handle the fast growing formalities that are associated with the programs of the church, the creation of a temporary board of trustees was put in place. During the first meeting that was conducted by the board of trustees, Russell H. Conwell was named the college’s president.

Within a couple of months, Grace Baptist Church went on to appoint a new board of trustees, issued stock in order to raise money to acquire new teaching/training facilities and printed official files used for admissions processes. Whether or not they had the resources to successfully support the college, Dr. Conwell’s wish was to be able to provide education to those who are not able to get it through the normal means.

In 1888, Billings granted a charter in order to create “The Temple College of Billings”, however, the city declined to grant power to award educational degrees. The enrollment of the institution was almost 600 by 1888. The school modified its institutional standing and incorporated as a university in 1970. Official recognition as a university immediately improved it in a variety of noticeable ways, this includes its total enrollment, professional & graduate programs, its reputation, and monetary support.

Over the years, the school has grown and developed: Samaritan Hospital was established, there was an addition of a Medical School and there was a merger with the Billings Dental College. Following the merger, on December 12th, 1907, the school formally reincorporated as Temple University.

Academics

Schools and Colleges

There are more than 300 programs from seventeen schools and colleges and four professional schools. Students can earn bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and professional degrees.

The186-acre campus in Ambler’s suburbs offers programs in horticulture, landscape architecture, community & regional planning and others. At the Center City, Harrisburg and Fort Washington locations, students have the opportunity of taking an array of undergraduate, graduate and non-credit courses.

Distance Education

The school offers students the opportunity to learn from the comfort of their home or offices via its online-based education program. Computer-based courses offer students the chance to arrange their class attendance to suit their own schedule – although coursework is due on the teacher’s schedule. The video conference courses will allow students to attend classes that are offered on one campus from another campus location nearest to them (this includes Fort Washington, Harrisburg, Ambler, Main Campus, Health Sciences and Center City) if the courses are video-conferenced to that particular campus. The OLL courses also offer students the chance to experience innovative methods of learning and discovery.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Admissions

Nearly 20,000 applications are received each year, and every application is carefully reviewed by the institution’s admissions committee. The committee considers everything an applicant has done, but having rock-solid academics is the key.

The best way for students to apply for admission is to fill out and submit their application online, pay the application fee, and ensure that they meet the deadline. Applicants should meet a certain cumulative grade point average, applicants should also know that recommendations are not necessary, but will be given some consideration. Applicants are required to send an admissions essay and present a record of their extra-curricular activities.

Please Note: In-state and out-of-state students are offered a merit-based scholarship each year. Students who have a solid GPA and SAT are also considered. A separate application is not required.

Financial Aid

Dr. Russell H. Conwell,strongly believed that learning should be made available to any person on the basis of his or her personal motivation and intellectual abilities, regardless of their financial situation. In this spirit, the university is ready and very eager to help all its students afford a college education. Temple has designed a webpage that will help students become aware of every financial aid opportunities that are available to them and to also answer questions that usually come up during financial assistance processes.

Financial Aid Available: Grants, Scholarships, Educational Loans, and Federal Work Study Program.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 1680th for the average student loan amount.
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Students

Top quality on-campus housing is available, and a large number of students reside in the high-rise and apartment-style campus housing, located on North Philadelphia’s Main Campus. There is also student housing on the Ambler campus. Single-sex floors are featured in a couple of the institution’s oldest residence halls while a large number of the new student housing on campus are co-ed. Co-ed facilities feature gender-specific bathrooms. In addition to this, the development of wellness floors has also offered students who choose to live in on-campus housing the opportunity to live healthy.

There are over 240 clubs & organizations that offer outlets for every culture and also allow students to socialize. Students who are interested in politics will be glad to know there is a competitive political debate team – Temple is a National Parliamentary Debate Association’s member. The institution also offers community service and a lot more.

The Student Center Annex was launched in 2005. The center includes an underground multi- purpose room, full scale movie theater, computer lounge and game room. It also includes an enhanced office and meeting space for student organizations and groups.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

The athletic teams are known as the Owls – this name originated from the university’s early days as a night school. All of the sports teams compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Division I and are Atlantic Ten Conference’s member – with the exclusion of football. The Owls are a part of Philadelphia’s area basketball rivalry known as the Philadelphia Big 5.

This became one of the first U.S. institutions to support extracurricular sporting activities for its students when both basketball and football programs were launched in 1894 under coach Charles M. Williams’ direction.

Here, students can take part in baseball, basketball, track & field, softball, lacrosse, fencing and much more!

Alumni

  • Bill Cosby – award winning actor, comedian, and author
  • Kevin Negandhi – Anchor, ESPN
  • Terry Smith – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim’s broadcaster
  • Ed Sciaky – DJ (disck Jokey)
  • Pierre Robert – WMMR 93.3 fm’s midday DJ
  • Ronn Owens – Host of radio talk show
  • Nicholas P. Dallis – Writer of soap comic
  • Julie Gold – Grammy Award winner, songwriter
  • Joe Masteroff – Playwright and Tony Award winner
  • Accreditation

    Accreditation is provided by over 30 agencies, including Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Association to Advance Collegiate School of Business, and Council of the Section of Legal Education & Admissions to the Bar.

    Information Summary

    Ranks 30th in Pennsylvania and 379th overall
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    Campus Crime Statistics

      Incidents per 100 Students
    Aggravated assault 12 0.03
    Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
    Rape 7 0.02
    Robbery 32 0.09
    Arson N/A N/A
    Burglary 5 0.01
    Larceny N/A N/A
    Vehicle theft 5 0.01
    Arrest 31 0.08

    Local Crime Statistics

      Incidents per 100 People
    Aggravated assault 8,865 0.58
    Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 324 0.02
    Forcible Rape 833 0.05
    Robbery 8,246 0.54
    Arson N/A N/A
    Burglary 12,057 0.79
    Larceny 40,113 2.62
    Vehicle theft 7,447 0.49

    Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

    Reported area around or near Philadelphia, PA 19122-6096
    Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
    Total Population19,589 (19,589 urban / N/A rural)
    Households5,629 (2.91 people per house)
    Median Household Income$18,395
    Families3,752 (3.59 people per family)

    Carnegie Foundation Classification

    Research Universities (high research activity)
    UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, high graduate coexistence
    GraduateComprehensive doctoral with medical/veterinary
    Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
    EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
    Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily nonresidential

    General Characteristics

    Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
    Highest offeringDoctoral degree
    Calendar SystemSemester
    Years of college work requiredN/A
    Variable Tuition
    Religious AffiliationN/A
    Congressional District4202

    Special Learning Opportunities

    Distance LearningN/A
    ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
    Study Abroad
    Weekend College
    Teacher Certification

    Student Tuition Costs and Fees


    Ranks 658th for total cost of attendance
      In District In State Out of State
    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    FT Undergraduate Tuition $13,406 $13,406 $23,432
    FT Undergraduate Required Fees $690 $690 $690
    PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $517 $517 $834
    FT Graduate Tuition $13,410 $13,410 $18,774
    FT Graduate Required Fees $690 $690 $690
    PT Graduate per Credit Hour $745 $745 $1,043
    Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $29,632 $29,632 $39,658
    Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $32,296 $32,296 $42,322
    Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $17,166 $17,166 $27,192

    Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

      In State Out of State
    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    Medical Degree — Tuition $34,528 $36,074
    Medical Degree — Required Fees $690 $690
    Dentistry Degree — Tuition $47,386 $55,350
    Dentistry Degree — Required Fees $690 $690
    Pharmacology Degree — Tuition $29,106 $34,444
    Pharmacology Degree — Required Fees $690 $690
    Podiatry Degree — Tuition $34,528 $36,074
    Podiatry Degree — Required Fees $690 $690
    Law Degree — Tuition $19,722 $33,040
    Law Degree — Required Fees $740 $740

    Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

    Prior year cost comparison
      In District In State Out of State
    Published Tuition & Fees $13,596(N/C) $13,596(N/C) $23,422(N/C)
      Cost (regardless of residency)
    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    Books & Supplies $1,000(N/C)
    On-Campus – Room & Board $10,972 $11,142
    On-Campus – Other Expenses $4,438 $4,237
    Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $10,972 $11,142
    Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,438 $4,237
    Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,265 $2,065

    Admission Details

    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    Application Fee RequiredN/A
    Undergraduate Application Fee$55
    Graduate Application Fee$60
    First Professional Application FeeN/A
    Applicants 18,813 (8,314 male / 10,499 female)
    Admitted 12,016 (5,261 male / 6,755 female)
    Admission rate 64%
    First-time Enrollment 4,390 (2,028 male / 2,362 female)
    FT Enrollment 4,380 (2,023 male / 2,357 female)
    PT Enrollment 10 (5 male / 5 female)
    Total Enrollment37,270

    Admission Criteria

     = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
    Open Admissions
    Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
    College Prep. Completion
    Recommendations
    Formal competency demoN/A
    Admission test scores
    TOEFL
    Other testsN/A

    Admission Credits Accepted

    Dual Credit
    Life Experience
    Advanced Placement (AP)

    Athletics - Association Memberships

    Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA

    ACT Test Admission

    348th for 75pctl scores
    Applicants submitting ACT results 20%
    Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 28
    Math scores (25/75 %ile) 22 / 27
    Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 22 / 27

    SAT Test Admission

    356th for 75pctl scores
    Applicants submitting SAT results 92%
    Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 500 / 610
    Math scores (25/75 %ile) 510 / 620
    Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1010 / 1230

    Student Services

    Remedial Services
    Academic / Career Counseling
    PT Cost-defraying Employment
    Career Placement
    On-Campus Day Care
    Library Facility

    Student Living

    First-time Room / Board Required
    Dorm Capacity5,506
    Meals per WeekN/A
    Room Fee$6,958
    Board Fee$3,338

    Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

     
    Total 396 929 289 625 25 4,460 758 7,551
    Accounting 18 19 10 54 1 112 25 241
    Acting 5 3 1 34 6 50
    Actuarial Science 25 2 10 19 6 62
    Advanced General Dentistry
    Advertising 5 14 7 10 107 11 156
    African-American/Black Studies 2 10 1 13
    American/U.S. Law/Legal Studies/Jurisprudence
    American/United States Studies/Civilization 2 2
    Anthropology 1 18 4 4 52 10 89
    Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General 1 11 12
    Applied Mathematics, General 1 1
    Applied Mathematics, Other 1 1 4 1 7
    Arabic Language and Literature 2 2
    Architecture 3 4 5 7 39 5 65
    Art History, Criticism and Conservation 1 3 1 24 4 33
    Art Teacher Education 2 1 33 36
    Art/Art Studies, General 1 5 1 3 32 3 47
    Asian Studies/Civilization 1 2 8 2 13
    Athletic Training/Trainer 1 1 1 10 1 15
    Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 1 5 3 5 75 4 94
    Banking, Corporate, Finance, and Securities Law
    Biochemistry 2 8 2 13 18 7 51
    Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 4 2 2 8
    Bioethics/Medical Ethics
    Biology/Biological Sciences, General 6 21 8 76 2 77 27 217
    Biomedical Sciences, General 1 1
    Biophysics 1 1 2
    Biotechnology
    Business Administration and Management, General 13 7 2 7 1 80 84 194
    Business/Commerce, General 5 2 1 5 1 19 4 38
    Ceramic Arts and Ceramics 1 1 1 1 10 2 16
    Chemistry, General 6 8 22 42 9 87
    Chinese Language and Literature 1 1
    City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning 1 3 1 2 22 6 35
    Civil Engineering Technology/Technician 1 4 10 1 16
    Civil Engineering, General 4 4 3 5 35 10 61
    Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 8 8
    Clinical Research Coordinator 1 1 2 3 7
    Clinical and Industrial Drug Development 1 2 5 8 38 4 58
    Commercial and Advertising Art 3 3
    Computer and Information Sciences, Other 2 4 5 16 33 9 70
    Computer and Information Sciences, General 8 1 4 1 24 4 42
    Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance 2 1 1 4
    Conducting 1 3 4
    Construction Management
    Counseling Psychology 1 6 1 2 12 6 30
    Creative Writing 9 2 11
    Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 1 42 13 14 1 101 17 190
    Crisis/Emergency/Disaster Management
    Dance, General 1 5 3 11 7 27
    Directing and Theatrical Production
    Documentary Production
    Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 3 25 6 2 75 6 118
    Economics, General 18 6 2 10 33 3 73
    Economics, Other 2 2
    Education, General
    Educational Leadership and Administration, General 3 3 1 21 3 31
    Educational Psychology 4 4
    Educational/Instructional Technology
    Electrical and Electronics Engineering 8 14 1 14 18 6 61
    Elementary Education and Teaching 2 22 7 6 133 18 189
    Endodontics/Endodontology 1 1 4 6
    Engineering Technology, General 2 1 1 15 2 21
    Engineering, General 1 1
    Engineering, Other
    English Language and Literature, General 23 3 6 1 128 5 167
    English/Language Arts Teacher Education 1 2 1 26 1 31
    Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies 3 10 1 4 44 3 66
    Environmental Engineering Technology/Environmental Technology 1 2 3
    Environmental Health
    Environmental Science 2 1 3 11 3 20
    Environmental Studies 1 3 27 1 33
    Epidemiology 1 1
    Fiber, Textile and Weaving Arts 1 1 3 5
    Film/Cinema/Video Studies 7 11 10 7 1 126 13 175
    Finance, General 21 23 2 41 1 99 12 200
    Foreign Language Teacher Education 1 1 14 16
    French Language and Literature 5 5
    General Studies 1 1
    Geography, Other 1 25 6 32
    Geology/Earth Science, General 1 2 9 3 15
    German Language and Literature 5 5
    Graphic Design 2 3 1 1 41 6 54
    Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator 6 3 5 1 15
    Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
    Health Services Administration
    Health Teacher Education
    Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other
    Health/Health Care Administration/Management
    Hebrew Language and Literature 1 1
    History, General 9 6 5 85 16 122
    Horticultural Science 17 2 19
    Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management
    Hospitality Administration/Management, General 10 12 5 4 2 51 4 88
    Human Resources Management and Services, Other 2 2 7 1 12
    Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General 5 18 4 16 40 7 90
    Information Technology 5 9 1 14 23 3 55
    Insurance 7 6 3 5 1 53 5 80
    Intercultural/Multicultural and Diversity Studies
    International Business/Trade/Commerce 25 13 6 12 48 26 132
    International Law and Legal Studies 19 3 2 4 3 31
    International and Intercultural Communication
    Investments and Securities 29 1 7 2 39
    Italian Language and Literature 3 1 4
    Japanese Language and Literature 1 1
    Jazz/Jazz Studies 2 5 3 10
    Jewish/Judaic Studies 2 2
    Journalism 4 29 3 5 1 110 10 162
    Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching 1 13 14
    Keyboard Instruments 2 2
    Kinesiology and Exercise Science 4 26 1 20 2 131 13 198
    Landscape Architecture 1 1 1 21 2 26
    Landscaping and Groundskeeping 2 2
    Latin American Studies 3 10 13
    Legal Professions and Studies, Other 12 1 3 25 5 47
    Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies, Other 1 6 5 12 1 25
    Legal Studies, General
    Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 2 10 12
    Linguistics 1 6 7
    Management Information Systems and Services, Other 5 6 16 3 30
    Marketing/Marketing Management, General 20 26 8 14 1 175 20 264
    Mass Communication/Media Studies 1 2 9 12
    Mathematics Teacher Education 1 11 1 13
    Mathematics and Computer Science 1 2 1 4
    Mathematics, General 3 1 2 18 2 26
    Mathematics, Other
    Mechanical Engineering 3 4 1 14 34 11 68
    Medical Informatics
    Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology 1 3 5
    Metal and Jewelry Arts 1 16 6 23
    Molecular Biology 3 1 4
    Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
    Music History, Literature, and Theory 1 2 3
    Music Pedagogy 2 1 3
    Music Performance, General 17 1 3 2 24 5 53
    Music Teacher Education 1 24 2 27
    Music Theory and Composition 7 7
    Music Therapy/Therapist 1 3 2 10 2 18
    Music, General 1 2 3
    Natural Sciences 3 3 1 7
    Neuroscience 8 1 10 20 7 49
    Occupational Therapy/Therapist 2 1 2 28 1 34
    Oral Biology and Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology 2 3 7 12
    Organizational Communication, General 11 24 5 3 1 75 9 130
    Orthodontics/Orthodontology 2 4 6
    Painting 1 1 1 1 31 4 42
    Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General 2 1 6 9
    Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies 1 1
    Periodontics/Periodontology 1 1 3 5
    Pharmaceutical Sciences 1 2 3
    Pharmaceutics and Drug Design 1 4 11 12 28
    Pharmacology 1 1
    Pharmacy Administration and Pharmacy Policy and Regulatory Affairs 3 3
    Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration, Other 1 1
    Philosophy 2 2 3 22 3 32
    Photography 1 1 3 13 3 22
    Physical Sciences, Other 1 1 2
    Physical Therapy/Therapist 1 1
    Physics, General 1 1 5 7
    Physiology, General 1 1
    Podiatric Medicine/Podiatry
    Political Economy 3 1 13 1 18
    Political Science and Government, General 1 22 6 5 1 101 14 153
    Printmaking 1 1 1 18 3 26
    Programs for Foreign Lawyers
    Psychology, General 4 64 22 20 254 33 407
    Public Health Education and Promotion 3 67 8 7 45 16 148
    Public Health, General 1 1
    Radio and Television 4 32 7 5 128 13 190
    Real Estate 2 4 1 7
    Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other
    Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 2 10 3 10 76 9 110
    Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other 1 1
    Religion/Religious Studies 4 3 14 4 25
    Rhetoric and Composition 2 1 20 3 26
    Russian Language and Literature 5 5
    School Psychology 1 7 2 10
    Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 1 1 2
    Sculpture 1 1 15 2 19
    Secondary Education and Teaching 9 9
    Social Studies Teacher Education 5 1 1 28 2 38
    Social Work 2 78 20 10 2 183 29 328
    Sociology 2 13 3 2 40 4 65
    Spanish Language and Literature 1 5 7 1 31 5 52
    Special Education and Teaching, General
    Speech Communication and Rhetoric 1 2 3
    Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 3 17 7 2 84 4 118
    Statistics, General 4 2 5 3 14
    Sustainability Studies
    Tax Law/Taxation 2 3 7 3 15
    Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other 1 3 1 32 5 43
    Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor
    Technical Teacher Education 3 1 15 2 21
    Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology 3 3
    Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy 6 1 1 29 4 41
    Urban Education and Leadership
    Voice and Opera
    Water, Wetlands, and Marine Resources Management
    Women's Studies 3 3
    Writing, General 1 1 1 24 1 28

    Faculty Compensation / Salaries

    Ranks 237th for the average full-time faculty salary.
    Effective as of 2014-09-20
    Tenure system N/A
    Average FT Salary $98,255 ($104,651 male / $85,249 female)
    Number of FT Faculty 1,474 (876 male / 598 female)
    Number of PT Faculty 3,548
    FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
    Total Benefits $71,267,000
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