About Temple University

Founded in 1888, Temple University. is a Public college. Located in Pennsylvania, which is a city setting in Pennsylvania, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 29,275 full time undergraduate students, and 10,021 full time graduate students.

The Temple University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 15:1. There are 1583 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Temple University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate52%
Application Deadline
Application Fee55
SAT Range
ACT Range

Admissions at are considered Selective, with ,250% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 16 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

91% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 53% were in the top quarter, and 18% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Temple University.

2%
“We”re apathetic”
14%
“We know about current events and vote”
59%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
25%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
3%
“We save it for the classroom”
23%
“Sometimes, but not often”
55%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
19%
“All the time, including weekends”
1%
“I”m always terrified”
16%
“I only go out in groups”
61%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
21%
“I feel extremely safe”
11%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
23%
“We bought the gear”
66%
“We live for the big game”
2%
“It”s not really our thing”
9%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
53%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
35%
“We”re a very artistic group”
2%
“Haven”t met them”
6%
“Available in class”
66%
“They keep regular office hours”
26%
“They”re always available”
4%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
40%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
52%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
4%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
2%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
18%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
47%
“We only party on weekends”
33%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
8%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
46%
“There might be people who do”
40%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
6%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
2%
“We”re apathetic”
14%
“We know about current events and vote”
59%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
25%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
3%
“We save it for the classroom”
23%
“Sometimes, but not often”
55%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
19%
“All the time, including weekends”
1%
“I”m always terrified”
16%
“I only go out in groups”
61%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
21%
“I feel extremely safe”
11%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
23%
“We bought the gear”
66%
“We live for the big game”
2%
“It”s not really our thing”
9%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
53%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
35%
“We”re a very artistic group”
2%
“Haven”t met them”
6%
“Available in class”
66%
“They keep regular office hours”
26%
“They”re always available”
4%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
40%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
52%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
4%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
2%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
18%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
47%
“We only party on weekends”
33%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
8%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
46%
“There might be people who do”
40%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
6%
“There”s a huge drug scene”

Temple University REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    503 Students rated on-campus housing 3.2 stars. 10 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    455 Students rated off-campus housing 3.3 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    579 Students rated campus food 3.5 stars. 21 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    593 Students rated campus facilities 4.1 stars. 39 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    593 Students rated class size 3.9 stars. 27 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    592 Students rated school activities 4.1 stars. 42 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    593 Students rated local services 4.1 stars. 45 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    594 Students rated academics 4 stars. 39 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Temple University?

233 Students rated Temple University

Charlie - 03/04/2022

Horrible dorms- room was consistently 87-89F maintenance refused to fix it 5 times. Mice swarm in back of J&H, no one cared and reported to health dept no change ever. Insane billing and fine practices, even worse than the average. I switched majors 3 times and got decent snapshots of 3 programs and 2 campuses. Main campus is a brutalist pit designed to get blood from stones. Tell them you can’t eat anything to get out of the mandatory meal plan. Tell them you will be living with a relative and skip the mandatory year in dorms. Do not trust the bursar- they will rob your financial aid and merit ASAP. All they want from you is cash and at every step all systems and administrators are there to minimize and gaslight you and your problems. The head of the honors program threatened to “destroy my academic career” and blew up at me for asking for their help twice in 6 months. This school has some incredible professors (1/10) but the casual cruelty of their bosses and administrators makes getting an education here a brutal lesson in the dispassionate barbarity of big institutions. Need a health check or therapy? Fill out 10 forms for 15 minutes to have someone tell you to come back next time. Don’t try to work and take fewer classes than you think you can handle. Temple constantly re-rigs the credit system so virtually all students will take 6 years to graduate without tons of crunch time. They want you to take a decade to matriculate: you will meet “super-seniors” who have been at temple for a decade or more taking a few credits a semester. My real advice if you ended up here? Transfer. For the love of god transfer out. The whole place is cursed. The land the school is built on was stolen using eminent domain and the neighborhoods still hate everyone at temple. Cecil B Moore was once the jazz capital of the US. Now it’s a wasteland of hideous slabs and 10’ fencing. Ambler campus is nicer, but being destroyed from within- it’s not profitable enough so they’ve been shutting down more and more buildings and trying to put all the classes in one spot. The horticulture program is dying. Botany is a joke with ancient equipment and labs. Campus and near will never be safe because the school is an open wound to north philly- which has plenty of those to begin with. You will get zero post graduation support or help with finding work. This schools graduation rate is horrible and they will not help. In fact they will hit you up for money within a year of graduating. They will also delete your student email ASAP, and never tell you they slapped some fines on your acct just as you were leaving. With interest and fees these tiny fines will be thousands of dollars if you need your transcript or a copy of your diploma. Good luck and get out ASAP.

Jazmin - 12/23/2021

This is a very dynamic and multicultural university. It provides a lot of opportunities to foreign students to learn and get involved in the university life. During your classes, you have the opportunity to take some extracurricular activities, learn more with the help of different groups, and there are some departments to help you with your progress during your time in the university.

Isaac - 10/15/2021

This school is extremely hard and annoying to get to when u commute 30-40 mins away. I can’t afford on campus housing so I have to commute 40 mins away. Parking is extremely expensive. They don’t give any special parking to commuters at all. Or even transportation options through the school are non existent. Staff is unbelievably rude when answering the phone. On top of that tutoring sessions and academic help is only offered for a certain amount of days. I work and go to school so I can’t attend those certain days. They don’t understand that not every student lives on campus with their parents money to go to school. THE WORST SCHOOL EVER.

MeiLin - 06/01/2021

Temple University is a home for the students. There is a culture of understanding, supporting each other, friendliness, and people are open to help when you need it. Even the professors care and wish only for the best future for you. The extracurriculars make it easy to do what you love and make friends as well as memories you will never forget.

Temple University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Temple University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Temple University is 52%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    Go to a school that will make you happy at the end of the day! It's your grades and your life!

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  3. Describe the students at your school.

    Temple University students were imaginative, out-spoken, and fearless.

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  4. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Temple is a diverse institution that fosters student involvement, activism, and a great environment for learning.

    Read all  119 answers
  5. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    During my first semester I would only say the only downside is the size, the campus is huge, but very organized.

    Read all  111 answers
  6. What's unique about your campus?

    The best thing about Temple University was the diversity it bought. Every single class had an arrangement of students from different races, religions, ethnicity, and individualism which brought a variety of discussions.

    Read all  107 answers
  7. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    That it was so busy, it is a lot to deal with.

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  8. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    For its diversity, research, location

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  9. What kind of person should attend this school?

    A person who isn't afraid of attending a large university and a person who is goal oriented

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  10. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    There is always something to do at Temple. Temple University's social life isn't based around the campus, but spread throughout the entire city of Philadelphia and this offers a broader life experience and you become more mature. It has awesome computer labs.

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  11. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    Temple University was one of the best schools I personally considered for the simple fact that its' student body is one of the most diverse I've ever seen, and its' campus imitates a small city in itself. When I'm on campus I feel like Temple is a town on its' own instead of a school campus, hence why you can find some of the surrounding area as 'TempleTown' on apps like Google Maps.

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  12. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    I think that Temple is really for anyone and everyone. It is such a diverse campus, that it makes everyone feel comfortable. It has great learning opportunities, even though some people think it's in a bad location.

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  13. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    The most frustrating thing about my school is the lack of free time. But this is only due to my major, which is my choice. I wish I had a few more days to meet new people and try new things. The only other things is the lunch lines are a bit long sometimes, but the food is usually worth the wait.

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  14. What are the academics like at your school?

    I am no longer in college. I have graduated with a B.A. in Communications.

    Read all  53 answers
  15. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    US News and World Report ranks the Online MBA program as #1 in the world!

    Read all  47 answers
  16. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    I am no longer in school.

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  17. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    I'm not sure if there is a stereotype at this school, besides the ones about the art students. Tyler School of Art is probably the most hipster place in the northeast. Everyone's got a style they think is original, which is really just outdated nineties. And the amount of females with nose rings (and some males) is outstanding. Apparently, nose rings with art students is like an acceptable facial tattoo. Since you can turn it up, you can get a "real" job. If you don't want a "real" job, then don't worry about what you put into your face- you work for yourself! Everything people say about the art students is true (me being an art student myself), so beeeeee wary~...

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  18. Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

    In order: Temple's not as academically respected as some of the other schools in the area, but it's by no means a safety school or anything. Depending on your major, Temple has some world class programs. Though temple claims they have students from all 50 states, the student body is definitely overwhelmingly local. I think something like 75 percent of students live within 30 miles of the school. I'm from New York, and everyone asked me why I came all the way to Philadelphia to go to Temple. More depressingly, Temple students tend not to leave the area once they graduate. It is a commuter school, but only in the sense that there aren't nearly enough dorms. Housing is guaranteed your first two years, but many people leave campus after freshman year. Thankfully Philadelphia is a cheap place to live, and there's a subway stop right on campus. As for safety, it's a mixed bag. Campus itself is completely safe, but wander off campus and you're on your own. North Philly is a rough neighborhood. I wasn't too freaked out, but there are a lot of kids from the suburbs who don't know how to handle it.

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  19. What is the stereotype of students at your school?

    diverse, city smart

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  20. Why did you decide to go to this school?

    It is an experience like no other. There are a plethora of majors to choose from and you have the city at your fingertips. It is also one of the most diverse campus in the country.

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  21. Describe a day on campus you'll never forget.

    One day on campus that I'll never ever forget was when I met Robin Roberts of Good Morning America. Being a broadcast journalism major, Robin Roberts is one of my idols. She had come to Temple to receive an award in the School of Communications and Theater. I was so starstruck that day, and I don't get starstruck. She might not ever know this, but that day I got a glimpse of everything that I could be if I worked hard. She was funny, down to earth, and charismatic. It was one of those thngs where I needeed to pinch myself because I couldnt believe that I was listening to Robin Roberts speak. Then afterward, I went up to ask her a question, and she shook my hand. Robin Roberts shook my hand! After swearing that I would never wash my right hand again, I thanked her and walked away with the biggest smile I could form. Everyday I use that story as my motivation and I remember that nothing is impossible.

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Student Body

Students

52%

female

48%

male

29,275

Total Undergrad Enrollment

10,021

Total Grad Students

27%

Out-Of-State

69%

In-State

4%

International

Organizations

288

Student Organizations

20

Fraternities

15

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

14%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
11%
% Black or African-American
13%
% Hispanic/Latino
6%
% White or Caucasian
55%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

91% of students attending Temple University receive some sort of financial aid. 28% were awarded federal grants. While 65% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$27,266

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$1,000

Books and Supplies

$11,426

Room and Board

39,692

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$16,638
$30 - $48K
$17,379
$48 - $75K
$20,449
$75 - $110K
$22,795
$110K & UP
$25,674

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