To begin your career at Temple University, you first have to understand how we classify our students.
Understanding our lingo can be confusing, so here is a breakdown:
At Temple, we consider anyone 22 years or older to be an adult student when they are in an undergraduate program. Adult students may, or may not, have earned college-level credits before enrolling at Temple. Either way, an undergraduate adult student will fall into one of three categories: freshman, transfer, or Non-degree seeking (non-matriculated).
You don’t have to be “fresh” out of high school to be considered a freshman student. Freshmen are those students that have earned between zero and 14 college credits. So, if you took a few college classes several years ago, you are still considered a “freshman” when you apply.
Transfer students are those students that have earned 15 or more college credits. These credits could have been earned recently or many years ago. Temple is very generous when accepting college credits from another university. Generally speaking, Temple will grant credit for college-level courses (freshman level or above; not remedial college prep courses) in which the student earned a C- or better. (Please note that this varies and is not a guarantee). The accreditation of the university that granted the credit is also considered during the credit evaluation.
The amount of granted transfer credits will determine what requirements students need to fulfill to earn a bachelor’s degree. Students with fewer than 45 transfer credits will likely have more of Temple’s Core Curriculum to complete than those students with more than 45 transfer credits.
For specific information about transfer admission requirements and the credit evaluation process, please click here.
A “non-degree seeking (non-matriculated)” student is someone who is enrolled in a college-level class or classes, but who is not officially seeking a Temple degree. People choose to be Non-degree seeking (non-matriculated) for several reasons including preparation for graduate school, personal enrichment, and others. Some students choose this option because they want to establish a Temple G.P.A. before applying for admission. They may have never taken college level courses before, or in some cases they have a weak academic record from another institution and want to reestablish their academics. Others use this option when they are undecided about a degree program or major.
At Temple, anyone that has previously completed a bachelor’s degree may want to consider our graduate level programs. A graduate adult student will fall into one of two categories: degree-seeking or non-degree seeking (non-matriculated) (non-degree seeking).
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