Our application deadline for incoming freshmen students is March 1, but most students apply in December or January, after their transcript shows their first quarter grades and October or November SAT results. We begin making admissions decisions in early December on a rolling basis (no early decision). All students applying by the deadline have an equal chance for admission, although it is best to apply earlier.
For transfer students, our application deadline for Fall admission to the University is June 1 and for Spring admission is November 1. To learn more about applying as a transfer student or to take part in an upcoming Transfer Decision Day, please call us at 267-468-8100.
Is there a separate application for Ambler ?
No. When you complete the Temple admission application, question 14 asks you to pick a campus of record. This indicates the campus where your student file will be kept. It is where your summer orientation program will take place and it is where your testing, advising and registration appointments will occur.
Most students receive an admit or deny letter 4 to 6 weeks after their completed application is received. About 25% of the applications (those we are not sure we will admit or deny) are held until March, when we have a better sense of our total applicant pool. You will receive a PIN shortly after you apply which will allow you to track the status of your application on the Temple web site.
The application allows you to select a specific school or college and a major within it. Most of the schools and colleges allow you to select a major or "Undeclared (undecided)" within that school/college. About 25% of our freshman applicants do not select a school or college and indicate "Undeclared," in the Division of University Studies. There is no pressure or reason to pick a major until you are ready. Many students who do pick a major as entering freshmen change their major once or twice in the first year or two. The freshman year is purposefully structured to allow you to sample courses in several areas as you complete CORE requirements before selecting a major in your sophomore year.
We look at your high school grades (quality of courses, grade trends), SAT I or ACT test scores, and other factors (the required essay, recommendations, extracurricular activities, work or leadership experience, and other personal circumstances). Your high school grades and SAT/ACT scores are about 90% of the decision, with grades counting more than the test scores. We use a sliding scale rather than absolute cut-offs for GPA and test scores. Last year we offered admission to about 10,500 of the 17,000 freshman applicants (62%).
While it changes each year depending on the number and strength of our applicant pool, generally students with a solid B average and a SAT score range between 1050 - 1150 stand a good chance of admission. Last year the average high school GPA for admitted freshmen was 3.25 and average SAT score was 1090. Every year students with very good grades and lower SAT scores are admitted, while students with higher SAT scores but poor or average grades are denied admission. We also consider the competitiveness of your high school, the level of courses taken, and grade trends from year to year. The junior year is the most important year and we usually want to see your first quarter senior year grades. (Note: The same academic standard is held for all Temple applicants regardless of whether admission is offered at Ambler or the Main campus.)
We consider all students for academic merit scholarships as a part of the admissions decision and award them in the admissions acceptance letter. Usually applicants with a 3.6 GPA and/or top 20% class rank and an SAT score of 1200 of higher will be considered for four year scholarship. In-state tuition are about $9,000 and awards are $1,000, $2,500 and $5,000 per year. Out-of-state tuition and fees are about $16,500 and awards are $2,500, $5,000 and $7,500 per year. Students must maintain a 3.0 college GPA to retain the scholarships.
Needs-based financial aid, which includes Stafford loan money, is awarded to about 70% of our students and based on their completion of the free federal form (FAFSA). This application form is available in all high school guidance offices in December. Students who apply by the March 1 deadline are automatically considered for all federal, state or Temple aid for which they are eligible.
Because housing is tight and highly prized, some students who deposit near or after the deadline may be offered Temple sponsored housing off-campus. The $250 housing deposit is refundable if students do not attend Temple or are not offered Temple Housing. Most freshman live in traditional dorms (two to a room, bathroom down the hall), while some freshman and sophomores live in suites or apartments. A meal plan (several options) is required for all freshman.
Yes, students are allowed to bring cars to campus. Ambler has secure parking in the student parking lot - annual fees apply. There is a free shuttle van that takes you to the Ambler train station as well as an intercampus bus that travels daily to Main Campus.
Yes, every year Temple enrolls as many transfers as freshman. In fact, we enroll more transfer students than any other college on the East Coast. Generally students who earn at least 24 college credits (one year) with a 2.50 college GPA are offered transfer admission. We accept for Temple credit most transfer courses with a C- or better grade.
Yes, as long as you do not take college courses elsewhere, you may request the extension in writing, and complete a renewal application form by Nov. 1 for Spring or March 1 for Fall enrollment.
You will receive information and forms to reserve a place in the class and campus housing (if elected). When you pay the deposits you will receive a summer orientation date and more information about placement testing, academic advising and course registration.