Temple University

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1801 N. Broad Street

Philadelphia, PA 19122-6096

Phone: (215) 204-7000
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Mar. 1
application deadline

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#121 Overall Score: 43 out of 100. National Universities

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Temple University is a public institution that was founded in 1888. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 27,567, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 330 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Temple University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 121. Its in-state tuition and fees are $14,340 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $24,710 (2013-14).

Temple University is a large, urban college in Philadelphia. At Temple, instead of being assigned housing, students select their own room assignment through an online system and are encouraged to find their own roommates through online social networks. Freshmen are not required to live on campus, though most who apply for university housing receive a spot.

Student fans can root for the Temple Owls sports teams, which compete in the NCAA Division I American Athletic Conference, as well as a variety of professional teams, including the Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Flyers and Philadelphia Eagles. There are more than 300 student organizations to check out, and Center City Philadelphia, a hub of shopping and city life, is less than two miles from campus. The school runs a variety of research centers and institutes, including the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Institute, the Center for Sustainable Communities and the Center for Asian Health. Temple University is also home to the Richard J. Fox School of Business and Management, the James E. Beasley School of Law, and graduate schools of medicine, engineering and education. Graduate students can also earn certifications in dentistry, pharmacy and podiatric medicine. Notable alumni of Temple University include actor Bill Cosby and celebrity photographer Jeff Kravitz.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Temple University, a dynamic urban public research university, has been creating knowledge, improving lives and engaging the community for over 125 years. Located right in the heart of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and with approximately 39,000 students from all 50 states and 123 nations, Temple is the 28th largest university and the fourth largest provider of professional education in the United States.

It has been a longtime leader in providing educational opportunity to students from every background and producing talented, worldready and highly-motivated graduates. Temple University students have a reputation for being hard-working, self-motivated and coming from all backgrounds. Temple has long been known as one of the nation's most diverse public universities, with 43.2% of students identifying as non-white and with Temple being recognized in recent years as one of the top universities in the nation for bachelor degrees earned by African-Americans.

With nearly 2,000 fulltime faculty, a broad curriculum of 399 academic degree programs and 17 schools and colleges (including five professional schools and top-ranked art, law, business and medical schools), Temple University boasts one of the most comprehensive and varied academic programs anywhere. More than 25 programs at Temple rank in the Top 100 in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Owing to its vibrant population, Temple University has a rich and dynamic student life. There are 24 intercollegiate men's and women's Division I athletic teams, more than 500 arts events every year and more than 300 student organizations. Owing to its public mission, Temple University is also actively engaged with the community- there are hundreds of community engagement programs. While Temple is anchored in Philadelphia, it has a truly international reach. The university has nine campuses, including ones in Rome and Tokyo (the largest and oldest American university in Japan) and more than 80 educational partnerships with institutions around the world.

A number of notable changes at Temple University have occurred in the last year to contribute to the university's growth and evolution. First and foremost, Neil D. Theobald was unanimously approved as Temple's 10th president and began his tenure on January 1, 2013. Formerly the senior vice president and chief financial officer of the University of Indiana, President Theobald is a nationally recognized leader in the field of educational finance and an experienced university administrator. He comes to Temple at a time when the university has itself taken a leading role in addressing issues of educational affordability and student debt. In 2012, Temple took the unprecedented step of freezing base undergraduate tuition, increased its financial aid by more than 10% and announced a $100 million scholarship fundraising initiative. President Theobald has pledged to ensure that students have access to an education that is both affordable and excellent by keeping costs low and the value of their degrees high.

The last few years have also marked a capstone time in the university's physical transformation, as the university has added more than 1.5 million square feet of new space, all within its existing footprint. These new facilities include a Medical Education and Research building, an Architecture building, new fitness and athletics facilities, and, most prominently, Mitchell and Hilarie Morgan Hall, a centerpiece residence hall that is a vibrant addition to the Philadelphia skyline and a new center of gravity for student life. All of these changes have created new energy, collaboration and a new sense of community on Temple's Main Campus.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1888
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment N/A


When applying to Temple University, it's important to note the application deadline is March 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due March 1. The application fee at Temple University is $55. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 67.2 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 67.2%
Application deadline March 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by March 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Temple University is 15:1, and the school has 36.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Temple University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; Visual and Performing Arts; Education; and Social Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 87.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 15:1
4-year graduation rate 36%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 23%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 11%
Visual and Performing Arts 11%
Education 8%
Social Sciences 6%

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Student Life

Temple University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 27,567, with a gender distribution of 48.8 percent male students and 51.2 percent female students. At this school, 17 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 83 percent of students live off campus. Temple University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 36,744
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Temple University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Temple University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Temple University.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Temple University, 68.8 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $6,731.

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In-state tuition and fees $14,340 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $24,710 (2013-14)
Room and board $11,410 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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