Sophia Wisniewska, Dean
Temple University Ambler is an ideal campus to pursue your higher education--with a convenient location, courses in a variety of disciplines, and a friendly atmosphere. Located in suburban Montgomery County, just 18 miles north of the Main Campus (and minutes from Route 309 and the PA Turnpike), Ambler offers the coziness of a small college campus with the excitement and vast resources of a large University. Commuters and residents enjoy Ambler's stunning grounds, top-quality computer labs, "smart" classrooms, student organizations and activities, and recreational facilities that include an exercise/weight room, indoor/outdoor pool, sand volleyball pit, tennis and basketball courts, and jogging trail. Ambler's facilities include modern science laboratories, a library, a computer-assisted design and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) lab, and residence halls. Come join the 3,000 students who choose Temple University Ambler each year.
The Ambler campus offers hundreds of undergraduate courses, day and evening, taught by the University's distinguished faculty. Students can begin almost every undergraduate program at Ambler. Depending on the major, students can take all their courses at Ambler. The most popular majors that can be completed at Ambler include: Business, Communications (interdepartmental major), Criminal Justice, Elementary Education, Horticulture, Landscape Architecture, Nursing (for RNs) and Psychology. Undergraduate courses include offerings from Temple's Core Curriculum and basic courses in Biology, Chemistry, Geology, and Physics. These enable Pre-Allied Health students to complete the required first two years of prerequisite coursework. Pre-Medical, Pre-Dental, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Physical Therapy, or Pre-Occupational Therapy students can take all the courses at Ambler required for admission to a professional school. Nurses may also complete the BSN entirely at Ambler. Pre-Law students may remain at Ambler for four years, pursuing degrees in Business, Communications, Social Sciences, or the Humanities. The campus is home to Temple's Ambler College, which houses the Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture and the Community and Regional Planning programs (B.S. and M.S.). The beautiful landscaped grounds, also known as the Landscape Arboretum of Temple University Ambler, feature formal gardens, orchards, wooded areas, and much more.
For a change of pace and scenery, Ambler students can also take courses at Main Campus, Temple University Center City, Tyler School of Art, or the Health Sciences Center. The University provides free bus service between Ambler, Tyler and the Main Campus during the fall and spring semesters. Students commuting by car to Ambler will find ample parking. For those traveling by public transportation, the University provides free shuttle bus service between the campus and the SEPTA railroad station in Ambler (also a stop on SEPTA's #94 bus line from Chestnut Hill) during the fall and spring semesters, with limited service during the first summer session.
Ambler attracts students who live or work north of Philadelphia, including those from Bucks, Lehigh, Montgomery, and Northampton Counties. The Blue Route (Rt. 476) also makes Temple University Ambler easily accessible to students from Chester and Delaware counties. Temple also offers undergraduate programs in Education, Nursing (for RNs), and Organizational Studies at Bucks County Community College, making it easy for Bucks students to earn their Temple degree at a convenient location and providing another convenient site for Ambler students to take courses.
After graduating, many Temple students continue their graduate work at Temple University Fort Washington. Located in the Fort Washington Office Park, over 1,000 students attend this graduate and professional center featuring corporate-style classrooms and state-of-the-art computer labs. Students may complete master's degrees in Business (M.B.A. and M.S.); Educational Administration (Ed.M.); Electrical and Computer Engineering (M.S.E.); and Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance/Regulatory Affairs (M.S.); and Pharmaceutics (non-thesis M.S.). A M.S. degree in Community and Regional Planning is available at Temple University Ambler. In addition, certificate programs in Accounting, Education, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance/Regulatory Affairs, and Pharmaceutics are available.
For more information about Ambler programs, please call the Welcome Center at 215-283-1201 or toll-free at 1-888-GO AMBLER, or check the Temple Ambler web site at www.ambler.temple.edu.
ACADEMIC AWARDS AND STANDARDS
Gold Key Awards for Academic Excellence
Norman J. Kaner Memorial Prize
Patricia A. Woods Memorial Fund Award
ACADEMIC SUPPORT SERVICESAcademic and Career Development
Professional advisers, faculty advisers, and faculty program coordinators compose the advising staff at Temple University Ambler. These dedicated, knowledgeable advisers assist students with their choice of programs and curricula. The Fox School of Business and Management in West Hall 112 advises business and management students. All new students will meet initially with an adviser as part of the New Student Orientation Program.
Career Development Office
This office assists students with the selection of a major as well as with career planning and job search skills. Students can attend workshops sponsored by the office in resume and cover letter writing, interviewing techniques, and job-search strategies. The Career Library in West Hall 110 provides up-to-date materials that support students’ career investigation and job-search activities. In addition, students can explore Externship and Internship opportunities with the help of the Career Development adviser.
Disability Resources and Services
This office arranges academic accommodations for students as mandated under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Prospective students are encouraged to contact Disability Resources and Services to discuss documentation requirements and appropriate accommodations.
Tutoring and Learning Connections (TLC) provides the tutorial services program at Ambler. It offers students a range of day and evening tutorial services-depending on tutor availability. A semester schedule of free departmental tutoring options and a registry of private peer tutors are available in the offices of Academic and Career Development, the Fox School of Business and Management, Student Life, Widener Hall faculty offices (Room 216), and at the Library Circulation Desk.
Students who need help with class assignments, including writing papers and reports or interpreting readings, are encouraged to visit the Ambler Writing Center. The staff provides one-on-one and small group tutoring utilizing IBM computers, word processing software, electronic dictionaries, invention programs, and online grammar handbooks.
Cashier and Student Financial Services
All University financial transactions are handled by the Cashier and Student Financial Services, including sale of parking decals.
Matriculated students who have not attended Temple for one semester or more must contact this office for readmission procedures prior to registering.
This office provides information and assistance regarding: registration and schedule revision procedures, name and address changes, enrollment verifications, transcript requests, production of photo identification cards, and Pennsylvania residency requirements.
Applications, admissions information, and interviews are handled by this office. Student Ambassadors provide prospective students and visitors with a student’s perspective on life at Temple University Ambler by leading on-campus tours and participating in various special events on and off campus. The Ambler Welcome Center, located in the Administration Building, provides visitor information, course catalogs, brochures on Temple University programs, and information about non-credit courses and workshops.
The Scholars Information Center is equipped with 56 IBM PC-compatible Gateway computers, PC scanners, high-speed dot matrix printers, and HP and Epson color inkjet printers. Output on HP laser printers is available for a nominal charge. The PC computers link to Temple's IBM Mainframe and UNIX mini-computer systems, E-Mail, Internet, and the World Wide Web. The Scholars Information Center (SIC) is also connected to the Paley Library CD-ROM databases. Numerous Windows software applications including MS Office 2000 are available for word processing, spreadsheets, databases, graphics, and web design. Statistical software and instructor applications are also available.
Microcomputer Centers/Teaching Labs
Used primarily for computer instruction, these rooms are equipped with IBM PC-compatible Gateway machines, and HP laser printers. Room 1 is equipped with 16 computers; Room 2 consists of 28 machines. The labs are equipped with Windows 98 and MS Office 2000 software.
The Macintosh lab consists of 12 Apple Macintosh computers with 17-inch monitors, four HP color inkjet printers, and one HP scanner. The Mac lab is open to students for general use and is open the same hours as the Scholars Information Center in the Library Building, Room 29. Internet access, word processing, spreadsheet, database, and graphic software are available.
Microcomputer Center/CAD Lab
Room 25 is available for computer instruction and Computer-Aided Design (CAD) courses. The hardware available includes 28 IBM PC-compatible Gateway computers with color monitors, one HP LaserJet printer, an HP Design Jet 330 plotter, and digitizing tablets. A variety of software is available including AutoCAD, MS Office 2000, Netscape, Internet Explorer, instructor software applications, etc.
Microcomputer Center/Teaching Lab
Used primarily for computer instruction, this room is equipped with 24 IBM PC-compatible Gateway computers, and one HP laser printer. MS Office 2000 is available for class instruction.
The Video-Editing Lab consists of three Gateway computers and one Macintosh. Equipment includes two linear editing and one digital editing workstation, SoundForge, Adobe Premiere, FinalCut Pro, and Adobe Photoshop software. To schedule an appointment to use the Video-Editing facility, call the Computer Center at 215-283-1450.
Distance Learning Center
The Distance Learning Center allows students to hear, see, and interact with lectures being given in other parts of the state, country, or world. For example, students in Harrisburg can watch the presentation students are making in their classroom at Ambler.
Landscape Architecture and Horticulture Department Computer Lab
This lab is available 24 hours a day to all students, faculty, and staff of the LA/Horticulture Department. The lab is equipped with 20 Gateway workstations. The current hardware includes 10, 233MHz machines, 5, 300MHz machines, and 5, 450MHz machines. The lab also includes; 2, HP DesignJet color plotters, 1 Epson Stylus inkjet printer, 1 HP LaserJet printer, 2 HP ScanJet flatbed scanners, and 2 slide scanners. Notable software in the lab includes Adobe PhotoShop, Adobe Illustrator, AutoCAD, ESRI ArcView GIS, MS Office, and Quark-Xpress. This lab will be expanded prior to the Fall 2002 semester to accommodate 25 new workstations, which will replace the existing hardware. Also, plans are underway to upgrade the GIS software to accommodate Landscape Architecture and Horticulture and Community and Regional Planning credit courses.
Computer Labs--Temple University Fort Washington
Three PC labs are available at Temple University Fort Washington for classroom instruction. Lab 1 consists of 33 Gateway computers and one HP LaserJet printer. Lab 106 contains 31 Gateway computers; Lab 104 contains 20 Gateway PCs. All labs are equipped with HP color inkjet/laser printers. Windows 95/98, and MS Office 97/2000 are available as well as a variety of other software applications.
The Macintosh lab consists of 20 Apple Macintosh computers with 17-inch AV monitors, three HP color inkjet printers, one Epson color printer, one HP scanner, and one HP LaserJet printer. The Mac lab is available for classroom instruction for the graduate programs and courses offered at TUFW. Word processing, spreadsheet, database, graphic and statistical software are available.
The Ambler Library supports the students and faculty with a collection of more than 96,000 books, current periodicals, microfilms, and maps, along with audiovisual materials such as recordings, tapes, slides, and videotapes. The Library is part of the Temple University Libraries and through the Diamond, the online catalog, and daily deliveries of materials requested via interlibrary loan, the Ambler academic community is provided with convenient access to the collections of all of Temple's libraries. Paley Library is the main library of the University and holds a collection of 2 million volumes and 11,000 current serials. The Ambler Library is connected to the Scholar's Information Center network that supports online access to the Diamond Online Catalog, electronic databases for research, Internet resources, and the Library Skills Workbook.
Temple University Fort Washington
401 Commerce Drive
Fort Washington, PA 19034
The Temple University Fort Washington (TUFW) Graduate and Professional Education Center is the teaching site for Ambler's master's degree programs in Business, Educational Administration, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Pharmaceutical QA/RA, Pharmaceutics, and other graduate courses (Note: Courses for the M.S. in Community and Regional Planning are offered at the Ambler campus). The Office of Non-Credit and Special Programs, located at TUFW, provides seminars at the Graduate Center in professional development and computer applications for today's workforce. Non-credit certificate programs can also be completed in Editing, Interior Design, Meeting Planning, Computer Applications, Web Site Design, MCSE, Oracle, and Network Technologies. Workshops are also available to help prepare for the SAT, GMAT, LSAT, and GRE. Personal enrichment courses are offered in arts and literature, exercise, food and entertainment, horticulture, and wellness at Temple University Ambler. TUFW is also utilized by local corporations for training programs and meetings during the day.
TUFW is located in the Fort Washington Office Park, close to Route 309 and the PA turnpike, and features corporate-style classrooms and state-of-the-art computer labs.
Bucks County Community College
Temple University now offers undergraduate programs in Education, Nursing (for RNs), and Organizational Studies at Bucks County Community College. The partnership between the two schools enables Bucks students to continue their college education at a campus convenient to their home, enabling them to complete courses toward their respective Temple bachelor's degree. Special Temple Information days are sponsored at BCCC throughout the academic year. In addition, Bucks students are welcome to attend Ambler's Transfer Days when information sessions are provided for transfer students.
STUDENT FINANCIAL SERVICES
This office provides financial counseling, information, and applications for various financial aid programs.
The Bursar Office/Cash Operations is available for students to process tuition payments and resolve any billing questions. The office offers a wide range of additional services, including arranging a tuition payment plan and providing a personal check cashing service for residence hall students for checks of up to $50. Students may also purchase parking decals and obtain parking tokens at the Bursar's Office.
The bookstore sells required texts for Ambler courses, popular reading material, stationery, school clothing, toiletries, greeting cards, snacks, hot coffee and tea, cold drinks, and computer software at educational prices.
A bus shuttle service runs regularly between the Ambler SEPTA station and the Ambler campus during the fall and spring semesters with limited service during the first Summer session. There is also a fall and spring shuttle bus service between Temple campuses for students with courses on more than one campus. Copies of the Schedule and Bus Regulations are available in the Office of Student Life.
Duplicating facilities are available to students, faculty, and staff at nominal costs.
Providing clinical care five days a week, the Health Services office allows students to drop in as needed to discuss health concerns with the RNs, who are certified in college health, and physicians. Brochures are available on a wide range of health topics. Services provided at Temple University Ambler include: General Medical Clinic, Allergy Clinic, Self-care Center, Psychiatric Services, Psychological Services, Health Educator.
These services are available to all currently enrolled students with a valid University I.D. Appointments with the health educator or for psychiatric or psychological services may be made through the campus nurses. Many services are free; some have discount charges for medication and treatment.
All new students (matriculated and non-matriculated) are required to have a current photo ID card. Confirmation cards for the semester will be mailed to all students upon payment of their bill.
The large commuter lot is the primary parking space for commuting students. Temple students must purchase a $42.00 hang tag/decal from the Cash Operations Office for any vehicle they wish to park on campus lots. Parking spaces are available for persons with permanent or temporary disabilities. The permit is good for a full academic year through August 31. There is no daily charge to park.
1-888-GO AMBLER or 215-283-1201
This office provides visitor information, course catalogs, brochures on Temple University programs, and information about non-credit courses and workshops. Students and visitors may arrange campus tours with a Student Ambassador or schedule an information session with an Admissions Counselor.
SPECIAL FACILITIESCenter for Sustainable Communities (CSC)
Jeffrey Featherstone, Ph.D., Director
The Center for Sustainable Communities (CSC) at Temple University Ambler
is committed to promoting an effective, holistic approach to land use planning
and management, sustainable development, ecological restoration, and community
revitalization. The Center was designed to build on Temple University
Ambler’s historical focus and strengths in horticulture, landscape architecture,
and environmental studies, while drawing upon the expertise of all Temple
University colleges and schools. The CSC serves as a resource for local
government and community organizers through educational programs, inter-disciplinary
research, and community service projects.
Infant Study Lab
The Temple University Ambler Infant Lab invites parents and their children to shape the future by participating in research at the frontiers of science. The Lab is directed by nationally recognized child development authorities and professors Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Nora Newcombe. Faculty and staff provide fun-filled activities for infants and toddlers who become part of cutting-edge scientific discoveries. Parents learn more about their children’s first words and ability to create mental maps. At the lab, infants and toddlers teach scientists new ways to optimize education and advance learning.
Landscape Arboretum of Temple University Ambler
The 187-acre Ambler campus is designated an arboretum as a result of its mission to support the study, display, and conservation of campus gardens and living plant collections for the benefit of students and the general public. This natural treasure, home to horticulture since 1910, has been at the forefront of dealing with the environmental issues of each succeeding generation.
The various gardens and woods that compose the Arboretum serve as a place of rejuvenation and repose for visitors and a living laboratory for faculty and students. The Arboretum includes the Formal Perennial Gardens, established at the early part of the 20th century, the Louise Stine Fisher Garden, the Woodland Garden, the Ground Cover Garden, the Formal Native Garden, the Herb Garden, the Class of 1990 Courtyard, the Sustainable Wetland Gardens, and the Native Plant Propagation Center. The Arboretum also includes woods and open spaces that provide havens for various species of plants, trees, and animals.
Video Production Studio
This broadcast production studio is available to all students, not just Communications majors. The studio includes complete audio and video capability, lighting, and a teleprompter. By using the campus Computer Center's video editing suite, students can also complete post-production work.
STUDENT LIFELeadership Awards
The following awards are presented annually:
Alumni Scholarship Award
Dean's Leadership Award
Jamie Dickson Memorial Scholarship
Outstanding Student Leader of the Year
Outstanding Student Organization of the Year
Special Achievement Award
East Hall and one wing of West Hall are two-story traditional residence halls, with double rooms, shared bathroom areas, social lounge areas, study rooms, kitchens with microwaves, fitness equipment, and recreational areas. The halls have 24-hour security and are staffed by professional and paraprofessional staff who create a positive living environment. The complex has its own Residence Hall Senate, which plans social and educational activities for residents. Meals and snacks are served in the dining hall.
The Office of Student Life supports and complements the University’s academic mission by promoting social, cultural, educational and developmental programs for the students at Ambler. Specifically, the Office provides opportunities through campus-wide programming and student organizations for students to develop special skills and interests, to regularly interact with other students, to plan and manage events, to participate in leadership training and self-governance, and to become involved in community service projects.
Student Activities Office
Students may obtain information about student activities including the campus activities calendar, ticket sales for athletic and entertainment events, bus schedules, off-campus housing, and general campus information.
Student Government Association
The Ambler Student Government Association (ASGA) enables Ambler students to seek solutions to their concerns pertaining to all aspects of the campus by serving as a liaison between the student body and University administration.
There are 34 student organizations on campus, including Alpha Chi Rho
fraternity, Ambler Accounting Professional Society, Ambler Business Society,
American Marketing Association, Banking and Finance, Beta Alpha Psi accounting
honor society, Brothers and Sisters United, Campus Safety Society, Column
newspaper, Communications Society, Economics Society, Environmental Awareness
Club, Equestrian Team, Gamma Sigma Sigma sorority, Greek Council, HART
(Health Awareness Resource Team), Landscape Architecture and Horticulture
Student Association, Latinos Unidos, Learning to Include Numerous Cultures
(LINC), Night O.W.L.S., Pi Alpha Xi Landscape Architecture and Horticulture
honor society, Pi Phi sorority, Pre-Law Society, Program Board, Psychology
and Criminal Justice Association, Residence Hall Senate, Sigma Chi Delta
sorority, Society for Exceptional Educators, Society for Human Resources
Management, Student Ambassadors, Student Government Association, Transfer
Student Organization, United Voices of Praise, and WRFT-AM Radio 1610.
The Temple Column (newspaper) and WRFT 1610 AM (radio station) are managed and operated entirely by students. These organizations provide communications students with challenging opportunities to become involved in various aspects of mass media production. Many business students find valuable opportunities in the areas of marketing, advertising, and management for the Column and/or WRFT. Students in all majors are welcomed and encouraged to participate.
Wisniewska, Dean, Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College