Founded in 1884, Temple University is a comprehensive public research institution in Philadelphia, Pa. It is the 28th largest university in the United States, enrolling nearly 39,000 students from 50 states and 123 nations.
Temple is the third largest public employer in the city of Philadelphia and contributes more than $3 billion per year to Pennsylvania's economy. In the Philadelphia region, one in seven people with a college degree is a Temple graduate.
The university has nine campuses in Pennsylvania and abroad: the Main, Center City, Health Sciences and Podiatric Medicine campuses in Philadelphia; the Ambler and Ft. Washington campuses in the Philadelphia suburbs; a campus in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania's capital; and international campuses in Rome and Tokyo.
Undergraduate, graduate, and professional students are enrolled in 320 academic degree programs across 17 schools and colleges. Most popular undergraduate majors are (in order): Biology, Psychology, Accounting, Marketing and Kinesiology. Temple is the fourth largest provider of professional education in the United States.
Temple is in the midst of a capital building program, Temple 20/20, that is transforming its Main Campus through the addition or redevelopment of recreational, residential, research and green space within its existing geographic footprint. The plan includes renovations to athletics and recreational facilities, construction of a new 27-story residence hall, a new science education and research center and plans for a new 21st century library.
Founder Russell Conwell's mission of providing education to talented students of all backgrounds is still very much in evidence. More than 281,000 Temple alumni live and work in 162 countries.