Temple University


Temple University is a comprehensive public research university based in Philadelphia. With over 27,000 undergraduates, over 6,600 postgraduates and more than 3,300 full and part-time faculty and staff, the university is among the nation’s largest providers of professional education. The acceptance rate of this university is 64.6%.

First established as the Temple College of Philadelphia in 1884 by Dr. Russell Conwell, a Boston lawyer graduated from Yale, Temple university now receives state funds but operates independently. Based in Pennsylvania, this university has seven local campuses and sites in the state as well as international campuses in Rome, Tokyo, Spain, and London. Local campuses of the university is 105 acres large and the main campus is located in North Philadelphia.

Temple University offers degrees in associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate’s programs as well as combined-degree programs, like Physics B.A., B.S. Or B.A./M.A.(5yr) – Chemistry and so forth. The average freshman retention rate is 87%, and averagely 37% of the students in this university finally finished their four years’ study and managed to graduate with a degree.

The mission of Temple University is:

Temple’s talented faculty and its broad curriculum of nearly 300 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.


Temple University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Many academic programs of the university are accredited or reviewed by External Professional Organizations of Governmental Agencies.


Temple University has 16 schools, from Temple University School of Environmental Design to Temple University School of Communications and Theater.

The most popular majors and course of study for students are as follows:

  1. Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
  2. Visual and Performing Arts
  3. Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
  4. Health Professions and Related Programs
  5. Social Sciences

The university is ranked NO.132 among all national universities by US News.

With the student-faculty ratio being 19:1 and 33.3% of all classes having less than 20 students, Temple University has enough professors for students so that every one of them can be well instructed.


Applicants for the university are required to provide either their SAT or ACT scores before March 1 and admission interview is neither recommended nor required. Applications must be submitted before March 1 and the application fee is USD 50. Working and volunteering experiences usually give applicants extra advantages.


The in-state tuitions and fees for year 2011-2012 are USD 13,596 and the out-of-state ones are 23,422. The room and board fee is USD 9,886. Students averagely spend USD 1,000 on books and supplies.

Temple University offers scholarships (including both need-based ones and non-need-based ones), financial aids and part-time job opportunities for students to help them deal with their tuition and expenses. There are six types of need-based scholarships/grants, with USD 5,441 awarded for freshman and USD 6,549 non-need-based scholarships/grants offered according to data of the year 2010. Temple University provides seven types of loans for students. About 70% of the students get financial aid and 32% of them have their needs fully met. Financial aids are also available for international students in this university.

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