Temple College is a community college located in the town of Temple, Texas. The college also has large branch campuses in the towns of Cameron and Taylor. The Taylor Center serves eastern Williamson County and the area surrounding it, while the Cameron Education Center serves Milam County and the nearby area. The college also offers courses at the Texas Bioscience Institute and the East Williamson County Higher Education Center. The main campus spans 106 acres within town limits.
Academic departments at Temple include the Business and Career Professions Division; the Fine Arts Division; the Liberal Arts Division; the Health Professions Division; and the Mathematics, Science, and PE Division. The largest and best-known department at Temple is the Health Professions Division, which offers study options as diverse as Biotechology, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, and Radiologic Technology. The campus has a particularly strong dental hygiene program.
Alternate Academic Schedules
There are a variety of academic programs to fit many student profiles. Temple offers remedial classwork for those needing assistance to get up to college level classwork; English as a Second Language for recent immigrants; part-time weekend and evening degree coursework for students with jobs, young children, or other significant obligations; distance learning opportunities for those who wish to study from home; and educational services that extend into the schools and businesses within their catchment area. Students who have been in the workplace for a significant amount of time, especially those working in their field of study, may receive college credit for life experiences, therefore shortening the amount of time they need to be in college to complete a degree.
The library at Temple houses more than 57,000 print volumes, 40,000 ebooks, and nearly 400 magazines and journals. Students in the online program may request any materials available to the library to be sent to them via internet or traditional mail. The library also offers laptop computers with Microsoft Office and internet capability for student use.
High School Academics
Dual credit classes allow high school students to earn college credit at reduced prices. Successful completion of the dual credit program can lead to beginning college at the sophomore level. Students may take up to two college classes per semester of their junior and senior year of high school. The program is open to homeschooled students as well as public and private school enrollees. Many students enrolled in dual credit choose to take online classes to best suit their high school schedules, although they may also take classes on campus.
Most Popular Fields of Study
The Temple College Simulation Center is a collaborative initiative of Scott & White Memorial Hospital, Temple College’s Divisions of Health Sciences and Nursing, and Texas A&M University System Health Sciences Center’s College of Medicine. The Center allows students in the medical arts to practice their future careers in a realistic setting. It includes an ambulance bay with room for 2 ambulances, an emergency receiving area and nurse’s station, intensive care rooms, treatment rooms, operating room, scrub room, respiratory care classroom and laboratory, a surgical demonstration lab, “smart” classrooms, and more.
In keeping with their mission to offer technical education and higher education opportunities to any adult who wishes to pursue them, Temple offers open admissions. Some health and technical programs may have further requirements, and some have limited registration, so be sure to inquire in the department of your choice prior to enrolling.
In addition to the wide range of state and federal financial aid options available to college and university students in Texas, Temple offers several of its own need- and merit-based scholarships.
Student Financial Aid Details
The student body at Temple is fairly diverse, with about 62% reporting as European American, 20% as African American, 16% as Latino American, and 1% as Asian American. Roughly 60% of the students attend full-time and the remaining 40% attend part time. As for the sex of students, 60% are women and 40% are men.
Clubs and Organizations
There are several student organizations on the Temple campuses to meet the personal and professional interests of a wide range of students. The Student Government Association is the voice of the student body in administrative and other public matters. The student literary magazine is called Stones. The student newsletter is the TC Scuttlebutt.
Dining on Campus
The Arnold Student Union houses Austin Java, a coffee house with coffees, espresso drinks, and a menu of snacks and light meals. Austin Java is open from 7 AM to 4 PM Monday to Thursday.
Living on Campus
On-campus housing accommodations consist of apartments ranging from one bedroom/one bath to four bedroom/two bath units. The Temple College apartment complex, University Courtyard, features a study center with high speed internet access, a pool, a volleyball court, a games room, and a television lounge.
The Student Services office offers a wide range of support services to assist students in academic success. These services include academic counselling, career counselling, employment placement services, personal counselling, testing services, and disability services.
The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is an assessment testing program mandated by state law for any student entering a public college or university. Approved tests include the Quick THEA, Accuplacer, and Asset. Students for whom English is not a first language are also required to take the Compass Test and the Lindholm Test.
Student Enrollment Demographics
The athletic department is known as the Leopards. The Leopards compete on the intercollegiate level through the NJCAA. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, and tennis. Women’s sports include softball, tennis, basketball, and volleyball. There are also several intramural sports for recreational athletes.
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