Once admitted to Temple, your journey will begin in the summer at New Student Orientation, an overnight event. You will take placement tests to determine your Math, English, and Foreign Language placement. These scores will help determine what classes you will register for in the Fall semester. If you begin in the Spring semester, your orientation will be abbreviated.
At the Orientation, you will attend an Academic Preview of your college and major requirements. The New Student Orientation also includes a variety of fun activities to introduce you to the many opportunities you are provided as a Temple student! You will have the opportunity to meet with both an Academic Advisor and a Peer Advisor to choose classes from the General Education Curriculum, build a schedule, and learn about the requirements for your degree. There are many opportunities for first year students to explore; taking a Freshman Seminar is just one of the ideas we can suggest!
If you are undecided about a major, no problem! You will be guided to take classes from the classes from the General Education Curriculum while you research your options.
You will make an appointment to meet with your Academic Advisor in October or November to plan your Spring semester. After that, as long as you remain in good standing, you can generally register on your own through Self Service Banner on the TUportal Webpage.
You are always welcome to speak with your advisor about concerns, questions, scheduling issues or revisions, semester planning or just to get some feedback. You may have questions about policies and procedures, study abroad, internships and career options, changing your major…just ask!
If you find yourself struggling, please speak with your advisor as soon as possible so that we can point you in the best direction which could include tutoring or counseling. If you are considering withdrawing from a class, this must be done with an advisor and it must be completed by the published deadline.
Transfer students are often concerned about receiving credit for classes taken elsewhere. Don’t worry! This is the first thing we review at your initial appointment. The process begins after being admitted; you will receive a list of the Temple equivalents for the classes you have completed. You will be prompted to complete an online orientation and then receive a call to set up an appointment with your advisor.
At this appointment, we will review your core curriculum, major and elective course equivalencies, and answer any questions you may have about them. Your advisor will explain your major requirements and help you plan your upcoming semester as well as look ahead toward graduation. After your first semester, as long as you remain in good standing, you can register on your own through Self Service Banner at Tuportal. You can register as a part-time student or a full-time student; to be considered full-time, you must take between 12 and 17 credits.
You are always welcome to speak with your advisor about concerns, questions, scheduling issues or revisions, semester planning or just to get some feedback. You may have questions about policies and procedures, study abroad, internships and career options, changing your major… just ask! If you find yourself struggling, please speak with your advisor as soon as possible so that we can point you in the best direction which could include tutoring or counseling. If you are considering withdrawing from a class, this must be done with an advisor and it must be completed by the published deadline.
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LEARN MORE ABOUT WHAT TEMPLE HAS TO OFFER ADULT LEARNERS HERE!
Adult learners, also known as “independent” or “non-traditional students,” are welcome at our campus!
We understand the need to find a balance between the many responsibilities that you manage in addition to returning to college. Some students work during the day; Temple University Ambler has a variety of classes that are available in the evening and several majors that you can complete entirely at night. Other students are only able to take daytime classes and enjoy the traditional scheduling method.
Some students need to attend part-time, while others are ready to complete a degree by taking the maximum amount of credit allowed. Each of you is different. We meet with each student individually to offer guidance, suggestions, and direction.
If you have some college experience and are interested in completing a degree program, you will first meet with an Admissions counselor and then speak to an advisor. Likewise, if you have no college experience, you would meet with an Admissions counselor to discuss your goals and your options.
If you decide to apply, we can assist with that process. If you decide to take a class or two before making that commitment you can attend as a “non-degree seeking (non-matriculated)” student. We can offer ideas on appropriate courses and help with the registration process until you are ready to apply. Students are encouraged to apply to a degree program before reaching 30 credits! To contact Admissions, call 267-468-8100.
Some students join the LifeLong Learning Society and focus on non-credit classes as well. There are many options for you!
We have all heard the saying, “You learn something new everyday!”
There are always opportunities to learn and expand your mind. Temple University Ambler and Fort Washington offer credit and non-credit courses throughout the year for a wide range of students, professionals, active seniors to encourage lifelong learning.
We welcome visiting and part-time students, whether it’s for one required course, two non-credit courses, or a career-changing certificate course.
We offer fun, practical, and professional classes in areas such as Web site design, computer applications, interior design, digital photography, personal finance, horticulture, exercise, and meeting planning.
For more information and a complete listing of courses offered, please call 267-468-8100 or visit here.
LifeLong Learning Society
Programs for Adults 50 and up!
If you enjoy active, stimulating classes with great teachers, topics, and students, the LifeLong Learning series of classes is for you! Classes are designed for learners 50 and up, but adult learners of all ages are welcome!
For more information, click here.