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Temple University in Philadelphia, PA

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About Temple University

Temple University is a comprehensive public research university located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the fifth largest city in the U.S. The school offers more than 300 degree programs across four Pennsylvania campuses and international campuses in Rome and Tokyo.

Established in 1884, Temple University is the 27th largest university in the country with an enrollment of nearly 37,000 students. The university is well-known for alumni such as the linguist and activist Noam Chomsky and the musical duo Hall & Oates.


Temple University offers more than 122 bachelor's, 167 master's, 80 doctoral, ten certificate and seven professional degree programs, including pharmacy, dentistry and law. Popular majors at the school include biology, finance, radio and television, criminal justice and exercise science. Several degree programs and courses are available through the Online Learning Program, which offers web-based education at the undergraduate, graduate and continuing education levels.

The university is comprised of 17 schools and colleges, including the Tyler School of Art, College of Engineering and School of Social Work. Students have access to eight libraries, 23 research and service centers and more than 300 registered student organizations.


Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and students are encouraged to apply during the fall of their senior year of high school. All applications for the fall semester must be submitted by March 1st, but applications to the nursing program have a deadline of February 15th. Prospective undergrads can apply on the university's website and must include an essay and SAT or ACT scores. Letters of recommendation are considered but not required.

In 2012, approximately 21,500 students applied, and 58% were admitted, with 34% of accepted students enrolling. The university's student body is split nearly equally between men and women, and the majority of undergraduates were Caucasian (60%) or African-American (14%). Three-quarters of students were in-state, 24% were out-of-state and 2% were international in 2011.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition can vary depending on a student's major, but Temple's tuition starts at $13,006 a year for Pennsylvania students and $22,832 for out-of-state students. Additionally, all undergraduates pay a $590 university services fee. Tuition costs for graduate and professional students also depend on school and degree program. On-campus housing options fall in the $3,000 to $5,000 range each semester.

The university offers both a deferred payment plan and an installment payment plan to assist with tuition disbursement. Students may be eligible for academic, athletic or extracurricular scholarships. Graduate students can apply for fellowships or research assistant positions.

School Type 4-year, public**
Degrees Offered Undergraduate certificate, associate's degree, bachelor's degree, post-bachelor's certificate, master's degree, post-master's certificate, doctoral degree**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Large city**
Student Body 27,710 undergraduates and 9,145 graduate students in 2011**
Student Housing 9 undergraduate residence halls and 2 apartment-style housing options for graduate students*
Schools and Programs 17 schools and colleges; more than 300 degree programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 15 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011: Bachelor's: Psychology (308)
Master's: Social work (200)
Doctoral: Law (307)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 38% in four years
67% in six years
70% in eight years (students who started in Fall 2003)**
Admission Rate 58% in 2012*
First-Year Retention Rates 87% for full-time and 61% for part-time students**
Average SAT Score of Admitted Students Average score not available, but 75% of Fall 2011 students scored 1510 or higher (composite)**
Application Due Date March 1st for fall semester; nursing applications due February 15th*
Decision Notification Date Rolling*
Tuition $13,006 for Pennsylvania students and $22,832 for out-of-state students per year (base rate for undergraduates in 2011-2012; varies by program)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) For 2010-2011: Federal grants (31%), state and local grants or scholarships (31%), institutional grants or scholarships (67%), federal student loans (72%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 90% in 2010-2011 academic year**

Sources: *Temple University, **National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Temple University, 1801 N. Broad Street, Conwell Hall 103, Philadelphia, PA 19122
  • Phone: (215) 204-7200
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