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Temple University is a public institution that was founded in 1888. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 27,702, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 330 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Temple University's ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 125. Its in-state tuition and fees are $13,508 (2012-13); out-of-state tuition and fees are $23,334 (2012-13).
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. Sophomores can also try for on-campus housing, but juniors and seniors are required to move off campus.
Students fans can root for the Temple Owls sports teams, which compete in the NCAA Division I Atlantic 10 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.
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Temple University, an urban public research university with an international reach, has been creating knowledge, improving lives, and engaging the community for over 125 years. Temple's talented faculty and its broad curriculum of over 380 academic programs provide superior educational opportunities for academically talented and highly motivated students, without regard to their status or station in life. Temple's richly diverse student population and the dramatic growth of Temple's residential campus community of student scholars enrich the educational and extracurricular life of all Temple's people. While the University especially serves students from Greater Philadelphia, it is enlivened by a rapidly increasing number of students from across Pennsylvania, throughout the nation, and around the world. Temple maintains an international presence with campuses in Tokyo and Rome and prestigious programs in London, Beijing, and six other locations worldwide. A long-time leader in professional education, Temple prepares the largest body of practitioners in Pennsylvania and is among the nation's largest educators in the combined fields of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, podiatry and law. In addition, Temple offers more than 40 doctoral and more than 120 master's degree programs that contribute to research and scholarship. Temple seeks to create new knowledge that improves the human condition and uplifts the human sp irit. To achieve this goal, Temple maintains its commitment to recruiting, retaining, and supporting outstanding faculty that prize diversity of thought, excel in scholarly endeavors, and support the aspirations of capable students. Temple University's Aspirations for A New Century: Striving to fulfill its mission in this new century, Temple will continue to provide access to superior education for committed and capable students of all backgrounds and to develop its main campus as a residential community of student scholars. A new generation of exceptionally qualified and talented faculty will be recruited to join the University's current roster of fine teacher-scholars. Temple will enhance existing centers of academic excellence, advance additional targeted programs to national leadership, broaden knowledge through research and creative endeavors for the benefit of society, and expand the Honors program and other special learning opportunities for undergraduates. The creation and renovation of facilities will support research and creative work, advance instruction and marshal knowledge to enhance the quality of life for Temple's fellow citizens in North Philadelphia. The University will develop stronger bonds with its alumni, whose success embodies the transformational power of a Temple education.
|School type||public, coed college|
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 $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 62.8 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2011 acceptance rate||62.8%|
|Application deadline||March 1|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||March 1|
The student-faculty ratio at Temple University is 15:1, and the school has 37.4 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.
Temple University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 27,702, with a gender distribution of 48.5 percent male students and 51.5 percent female students. At this school, 17.0 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 83.0 percent of students live off campus. Temple University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA I|
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|
|Students required to own/lease a computer||No|
Paying for School
At Temple University, 69.4 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $6,714.
Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.
|In-state tuition and fees||$13,508 (2012-13)|
|Out-of-state tuition and fees||$23,334 (2012-13)|
|Room and board||$10,276 (2012-13)|
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* Overview details based on 2011 data