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SEE THE AMBLER CAMPUS SECTION OF THIS BULLETIN FOR MORE INFORMATION ON SERVICES, FACILITIES, AND STUDENT LIFE.
The Temple University Board of Trustees affirmed the collegial status of Ambler College and formally recognized Ambler College as the 17th college of Temple University in 2000. Ambler College presently houses programs in Community and Regional Planning, Horticulture, and Landscape Architecture, with plans for future academic programs to be added under the college umbrella.
The mission of Ambler College is the enhancement of the relationship between individuals, social patterns, and political systems and the natural, built, and cultural environments of contemporary life. Ambler College upholds the environmental traditions established by the Pennsylvania School of Horticulture for Women and carried forward by our founding Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture. As Temple University’s 17th college, our commitment is to the health of communities, the preservation and appreciation of the natural and historical landscape, and the recognition of the connections between the natural and constructed worlds. (Adopted by the Faculty, Ambler College, December 2000.)
The Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture traces its origins to the Pennsylvania School of Horticulture for Women, founded in 1911. Originally the department offered only two-year Associate degree programs, but in 1988 added two four-year degree programs in Landscape Architecture and Horticulture. The department's evolution has combined theory with practice, continuing the tradition of blending art and science with practical experience. The department promotes the development of skills to solve major environmental problems in the urban, suburban, and rural landscape through an ecological approach to planning, design, development, and care of the land. Courses and programs are offered that utilize the 187-acre Ambler campus as both arboretum and laboratory for the work of faculty and students. Students use a state-of-the-art greenhouse, opened in Fall 2001.
The Department of Community and Regional Planning, building on the traditions already established in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture and the Center for Sustainable Communities (See Special Programs and Facilities), develops skilled practitioners for the dynamic and growing field of planning in government, non-profit, and private sectors. Students develop an understanding of the physical and economic issues of planning, sensitivity to the social and environmental impact of planning decisions, and a knowledge of governmental structures as they apply to planning. The program places students on the front lines of efforts to create and maintain sustainable communities by providing students with a broad-based understanding and awareness of multi-dimensional land-use and planning issues.
The Ambler campus (as described elsewhere in the Bulletin) continues to be a teaching site for many courses and full degree programs sponsored by other schools and colleges of the University. (See the Degree Programs Chart for a listing of the full degree programs and the Ambler Campus section for additional information on campus facilities and services.)
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The Landscape Architecture program is accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board.
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Ambler Admissions Office
Prospective Landscape Architecture and Horticulture students should arrange for an interview by calling the Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture at 215- 283-1292. Also see Sophomore Approval.
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In addition to assistance from the Department of Student Financial Services, there are several scholarships and grants-in-aid that are available only to Ambler campus students, Horticulture, Landscape Architecture, and Community and Regional Planning students. Also see the Financial Aid section of this Bulletin.
Ambler Freshman Scholarships
Ambler freshmen, whose fall semester applications are received by April 1, are eligible for a one-time $1,000 scholarship award. The award is for academically talented freshmen who spend their freshman year of full-time study at Ambler. Generally, students ranking in the top 30% of their high school class, with a combined math/verbal SAT score of 1050 or better, may qualify to receive the Ambler Freshman Scholarship. [Note: Students invited into Temple’s Honors program or otherwise offered a four-year University Merit Scholarship may not be considered for the Ambler award.]
Arthur F. Loeben Scholarship in Community and Regional Planning
The Arthur F. Loeben Scholarship is awarded to a freshman or transfer student majoring in Community and Regional Planning. The Chairperson of the Department of Community and Regional Planning chooses the recipient of the $2,000 tuition scholarship based on academic performance, extracurricular activities, and interest in the field of planning. A one-page essay describing the importance of planning in the student’s community is required. The application deadline is March 1.
Longwood Gardens Agreement
Students who graduate from the Longwood Gardens Professional Gardeners Program and are admissible to Temple University may receive up to 52 credits toward the Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Architecture or Horticulture. Specified courses in the agreement must be passed with a grade of B or higher to be eligible for transfer credit. Call the Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture for details.
W. B. Saul High School of Agricultural Sciences Scholarships
Two scholarships, the Robert Hunt Scholarship and the William Mifflin Scholarship, are available to students graduating from Philadelphia’s Saul High School who are admissible to Temple University and wish to study Horticulture, Landscape Architecture, or Community and Regional Planning. Interested Saul students should contact the principal of the high school for information.
Upper Darby High School Agreement
Graduates from Upper Darby High School, who meet Temple’s admission standards and apply to the Associate of Science in Horticulture program within one year of high school graduation, can receive up to six transfer credits toward the Associate’s degree. Students must complete specified high school courses with a grade of B or higher. Students should see their Upper Darby high school counselor for details.
Grants and Scholarships for Landscape Architecture and Horticulture Students
Applications for the following are available in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture office:
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Center for Sustainable Communities (CSC) at Temple University Ambler
The Center for Sustainable Communities was established in July 2000 to develop and promote new approaches to protecting and preserving quality of life through sustainable development, balancing the relationship between environmental integrity, economic prosperity, and social equity. It was designed to build on Temple University Ambler’s strengths in horticulture and landscape architecture and to draw upon the expertise of all Temple University faculty. A working resource for government agencies, community organizations, and developers, the Center provides objective information and services to improve decision-making relative to land use and water resources planning in addition to conducting interdisciplinary research and offering educational and community outreach programs. Students in degree programs in Community and Regional Planning, Horticulture, and Landscape Architecture have the opportunity to take full advantage of the CSC to obtain practical experience on campus.
The Landscape Arboretum of Temple University Ambler
The Temple University Ambler campus serves as an excellent outdoor teaching laboratory for numerous classes and as a source of inspiration for the campus and local communities. The campus was officially designated an arboretum in March 2000. Now known as The Landscape Arboretum of Temple University Ambler, it continues to develop as a living laboratory. The formal gardens have recently been revitalized to express the character of their original design, and many new garden additions are included throughout the grounds.
As the home of Temple University's Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture, the Ambler campus has a myriad of learning gardens including an herb garden, ground cover garden, native plant garden, formal gardens, rock wall, woodland garden, wetland garden, trial garden, and large perennial borders.
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Academic and Leadership Awards
All Ambler campus students are eligible to qualify for the academic and leadership awards presented annually that are described in the Ambler Campus section of this Bulletin.
Landscape Architecture and Horticulture Honor Societies
Pi Alpha Xi is the national honor society for students majoring in horticulture. To be admitted to the society, a student must be a junior or senior and have a cumulative grade point average of 2.75, and a grade point average of 3.0 in all horticulture courses.
Sigma Lambda Alpha is the honor society for landscape architecture majors. To be admitted to the society, a student must be a junior or be in the fifth semester of their program and have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2. A student who does not qualify in the junior year may be elected in the senior year.
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Environmental Awareness Society
This organization promotes environmental awareness both on and off the campus.
Landscape Architecture and Horticulture Student Association
A chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), this organization holds annual fundraising events, such as plant sales, and sponsors a student-mentoring program.
In addition, all Ambler College students may participate in the student organizations listed in the Ambler Campus section of this Bulletin.
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