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Academics

Temple University, Philadelphia’s largest university, is constantly growing, and not just in size. Currently, the nearly 30,000 undergraduates have more than 150 majors to choose from. But the school is also “constantly improving and upgrading its resources,” which means that students always have access to something new, most recently a library that features “one of the world’s first robot book fetchers.” It also means that “career opportunities are plentiful and are available for all students” or as another respondent puts it, “Attending such a large school allows limitless internship, scholarship, academic, and social opportunities.” There’s even a nod to how the “Gen Ed courses are a great help to discover your interests.” The university as a whole “is very well-rounded, and you are going to receive a really good education no matter what major you choose.”

Such achievements wouldn’t be nearly as effective if not for the faculty, and accordingly, professors are praised as being “extremely accessible,” “highly skilled at relaying information and teaching,” and providing “many opportunities outside of the classroom for students.” It’s not just about relaying information as it is about facilitating interactions and collaborations. Professors “genuinely care about how well you learn the material and try as hard as they can to get you as excited to learn as they are to teach,” which is why classes involve “lots of discussion-based lectures and ways of challenging students to think outside the box.” You’re never alone at Temple either: “For example, for Calculus help I could go to the tutoring center, the student success center, MCC (Mathematics Counseling Center), or I could attend PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions) sessions offered for group tutoring before the exam.”

Student Body

This is “a very likable campus” where everyone “respects everyone and who they choose to be and they celebrate it.” Many at Temple are “engaged in public service” and the school “has amazing diversity, which is what Temple strives to have and support.” A lot of students here “are commuters and spend their days in class or at the library/tech center,” while many others “either live on campus or off campus close by in an apartment and work when not in class.” There are also “lots of international students from many different countries.” Students here “have their lives together…but also know how to have a good time.”

Campus Life

The Temple campus is described as “a major highlight,” one that “sits right in Philadelphia but maintains a distinct campus-like feel.” Students rejoice in the freedom this offers: “Living in a city allows people largely to exist as they wish,” which means students don’t have to choose between “just their academic life or their partying life” and “are not confined to campus and can venture out into the major city.” That said, those who choose to remain local will find “plenty of clubs and organizations to join as well as Greek life organizations,” and “people enjoy going to sports games either for Temple teams or Philadelphia teams.” Physical activities in particular are referenced by undergrads, with attention called to the campus’s three gyms, and a “recreation center open on Wednesday and Friday nights for net sports.”

Overview

Applicants
35,581
Acceptance Rate
60%
Average HS GPA
3.54

GPA Breakdown

22%
Over 3.75
25%
3.50 - 3.74
17%
3.25 - 3.49
13%
3.00 - 3.24
8%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
570 - 660
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
550 - 660
ACT Composite Scores
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
24 - 30

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Action — November 1

Regular — February 1


Other Admission Factors

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Academic GPA

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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
13:1
Total Faculty
2,942
with Terminal Degree
1,436

1,617
Men
1,325
Women
609
Minority
84
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
49%
Graduate in 5 years
69%
Graduate in 6 years
73%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Daryl Hall and John Oates
'70 - Rock and Roll Hall of Fame performers

Adam McKay
'90 - Academy Award winning screenwriter, director, producer

Kevin Neghandi
'98 - ESPN television analyst

John Prendergast
'86 - Human rights advocate; author and former director for African Affairs

Sister Mary Scullion
'87 - Advocate and activist for the homeless; Time's 100 most influential

James Guare
'77 and '83 - Chemist who discovered several breakthrough HIV drugs, National Inventor of the Year awardee

Tamron Hall
'92 - American broadcast journalist and television host

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
49%
Graduate in 5 years
69%
Graduate in 6 years
73%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Feb 14

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$10,829

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$9,596

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,260

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
71%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$38,634

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$10,711

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 


Federal Direct Student Loan Programs

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
28,726
Foreign Countries Represented
109

Demographics

12.30%
Asian
12.96%
African-American
7.74%
Hispanic
55.46%
Caucasian
2.36%
Unknown
5.28%
International

54% female
46% male
21% are out of state
91% are full time
9% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
18%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
79%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Special Needs Admissions


Director
David Thomas, Associate Director

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

Documentation should be current and relevant to higher education and answer the following questions: What is the disability or condition for which you are seeking services? How does the disability impact you in a higher education environment? What evaluations, tests or assessments were used to diagnose the disability and/or demonstrate its impact? What accommodations have been recommended or used in the past? Some examples of documentation that may support a request for accommodations include: Psycho-educational evaluations Medical evaluations Speech or hearing evaluations IEPs or 504 plans Other professional evaluations that are specific to the disability

Documentation Required for ADHD

Documentation should be current and relevant to higher education and answer the following questions: What is the disability or condition for which you are seeking services? How does the disability impact you in a higher education environment? What evaluations, tests or assessments were used to diagnose the disability and/or demonstrate its impact? What accommodations have been recommended or used in the past? Some examples of documentation that may support a request for accommodations include: Psycho-educational evaluations Medical evaluations Speech or hearing evaluations IEPs or 504 plans Other professional evaluations that are specific to the disability

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
361
Number of Honor Societies
19

Number of Social Sororities
15
Number of Religious Organizations
34

4% join a fraternity
7% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

12% participate in intramural sports



Sustainability

A mere three months after signing the ACUPCC, Temple established an Office of Sustainability to enact policies covering everything from green purchasing to water and energy conservation. One of the Office of Sustainability’s earliest efforts was the creation of an “Eco Village” at the university’s main campus, and more recently, the completion of a Climate Action Plan, which prescribes the university’s path to carbon neutrality. For campus Sustainability Day, the office also hosted a National Teach-In on Global Warming to encourage “solutions-driven dialogue on global warming during the first 100 days of the new [Obama] administration.” The university has also spearheaded some impressive initiatives such as implementing three new solar charging stations. Each station features four standard outlets, two USB ports and a battery-storage system, allowing students to plug-in day or night. The Office of Sustainability also provides funding for undergraduate research projects and is implementing a Sustainability Teaching Initiative to support faculty as they develop courses and practicum on sustainability. The university offers 106 undergraduate courses and twelve general education courses focusing on the environment and sustainability. Temple’s Ambler campus, home to the community and regional planning, landscape architecture, and horticulture departments, has changed its name to the School of Environmental Design, in a further demonstration of Temple’s commitment to environmental sustainability. The campus is also home to the Center for Sustainable Communities, a sustainability research center that recently formed a storm water initiative partnership with Villanova University to conduct research and develop outreach programs focusing on storm water management in the region.

91/99
AASHE STARS® rating
Silver
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2020.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


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