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Location
Philadelphia, PA
Undergrads
24,382
Tuition (in-state)
$23,422 ($13,596)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Sophomore

Academics: My major and most of the other majors at Temple are nationally recognized for their caliber and their achievements. Temple's academic greatness is what made me decide on what school I wanted to attend. Teachers are great and helpful and willing to aid you with whatever you need regardless of the amount of students they teach.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Being a nursing student, everyone knows the amount of work that I constantly have. Everyone knows that the nursing students are always at work, there is no free time, and that our classes are some of the most difficult on campus. But it is also widely known that all the hard work that is done by us all pays off very well. Internships are offered to almost everyone starting sometimes during sophomore year and so on. Job placement help is great among my major, with many professors willingly networking with you and helping you get a job right out of school. My major is tough, and Temple's nursing program is one of the most rigorous in the state, but it is all worth it.

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5 College Junior

Academics: The academics offered is a wide variety, so you can really explore all your options. If you do your best, you can easily pass all your classes. Professors are always willing to help any student in need, and they prepare you for your career choice.

5 College Junior

Academics: Even though I am currently undeclared, I told my adviser and professors that I would like to be in the health professional field. There is a lot of workload, but that's for all majors, so working and studying hard is a must.

3 College Senior

Academics: Professors are ok...some may fail you easily...Registration lines get full easily..its best to study on the second floor of the library...most students prefer the tech center though

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 75th
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 153rd
    Best Course Variety
  • 503rd
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 613rd
    Best Online Course Options
  • 861st
    Most Flexible Curriculums

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

The foundation of education at Temple is based on core classes along with core requirements for majors. Temple has a goal for each student to be well rounded. Temple has some leniency toward academic criteria, offering fun classes in topics such as event planning, golf, SCUBA diving, gymnastics, and Shakespeare. When scheduling classes online, be prepared to wake up at the crack of dawn so that you will get into the classes you need. Most students are not sure what they want to study, and it’s not uncommon for some to change their majors; however, if you change your major, it can be a setback when it comes to finishing on time.

Unfortunately, a lot of professors at Temple have accents that tend to bore you half to death, but there are numerous tutorial sessions and workshops available to help students. There are mixed feelings about the teachers. Many feel the staff is not enthused about the topics they are teaching, but overall, students feel that the teachers aren’t that bad. Get to know your professors, and ask them for assistance if you need it. Students seem to focus more on the quality of the professors than class material. The great thing about Temple is that, because of its size, people you interview with for employment after college know someone who went to Temple or have gone to Temple themselves. The Temple name carries weight in the realm of business, communications, and sciences.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
15:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
1,453
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
1,456
Total FT Faculty
1,935
Faculty with Terminal Degree
76%
Average Faculty Salary
$94,259
Full-Time Retention Rate
87%
Part-Time Retention Rate
65%
Transfer-Out Rate
22%
Graduation Rate
66%
Programs/Majors Offered
158
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 33%
  • 20 to 49 students: 58%
  • 50 or more students: 9%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: Yes
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: Yes
Adult Basic Remedial: Yes
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Beasley School of Law
  • Boyer College of Music and Dance
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Health Professions and Social Work
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • College of Science and Technology
  • Fox School of Business and Management
  • Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry
  • School of Communication and Theater
  • School of Environmental Design
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Pharmacy
  • School of Podiatric Medicine
  • School of Social Work
  • School of Tourism and Hospitality Management
  • Tyler School of Art
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Elementary Education: 3%
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General: 2%
  • Psychology: 2%
  • Social Work: 2%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • General education
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cooperative education program
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • External degree program
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Liberal arts/career combination
  • Programs in a number of countries
Online Courses
Temple offers online classes, and classes can start as late as 9 p.m.
Best Places to Study
  • Howard Gittis Student Center, second floor
  • Paley Libraries
  • Starbucks
  • Study lounges and computer labs in any academic building
  • Tech Center
  • Tuttleman Learning Center
Tips to Succeed
  • Don't rely on advisers to tell you about your schedule.
  • Get involved in different organizations.
  • Network.
  • Pay your housing deposit on time.
  • Switching your major abruptly can add extra time to your academic career.
Did You Know?
  • Temple is made up of campuses across the state of Pennsylvania, including Main, Temple University Center City (TUCC), Temple University Harrisburg (TUH), Temple University Fort Washington (TUFW), Temple University Ambler (TUA), and Health Science Campus (HSC).
  • Your parents can buy you a goody bag, which is a container filled with candy, cookies, snacks, and fruit. It is offered at the end of each semester, right before finals.
  • Temple has five campuses outside of Philly, including Tokyo, Rome, and Harrisburg, Pa. Temple also has programs in Spain, Ireland, Singapore, and Great Britain.
  • Temple is one of the few universities that offers a Ph.D. in African American studies.

Student Polls

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 32 responses

  • 39% Bill Cosby - comedian, actor, author
  • 19% Bob Saget - comedian, actor
  • 11% Jill Scott - R&B singer
  • 7% Hall & Oates - pop music duo
  • 5% Jamie Thorn - graphics producer, "SportsCenter"
  • 4% Adam McKay - film director
  • 3% Tim Heidecker - half of "Tim and Eric" comedy team
  • 3% Paul F. Tompkins - actor, comedian
  • 3% John F. Street
  • 1% Tom Sizemore - actor
  • 1% Andrew Hussie
  • 1% Kunal Nayyar- actor
  • 1% James E. Beasley, Sr. - Lawyer
  • 1% Jesse Williams- actor
  • 0% Michael Schoeffling - actor

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 142 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 142 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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