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Division of University Studies

Division of University Studies
Dr. Peter R. Jones, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies
Dr. Karen Sofranko, Director, Student Services
1810 Liacouras Walk, Suite 101
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6029

Introductory Information

Recognizing that not all students can or should declare an academic major upon entering college, University Studies is the academic home for students who have not yet decided on a major and students in pre-health professions programs.

Goals and Objectives

University Studies, formed in 1998, serves any Temple student who has not chosen a collegiate home or declared a major or who needs assistance while changing from one college to another. University Studies is not a degree-granting college. Rather it is an academic unit that exists to help students explore academic options and to gain admission to a degree-granting school or college at Temple. Students can remain in University Studies until completion of 60 credits, or approximately their first two years at the University.


Transfer students with more than 60 credits cannot be admitted to Temple as an undeclared student in the Division of University Studies. Students admitted to Temple as a University Studies student can remain in the Division until they select a school/college major or upon completion of 60 credits. Pre-health professions students may remain in the Division until acceptance to the College of Health Professions or declaration of an alternative academic program of study.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Division of University Studies Sophomore Scholarship - The DUS Sophomore Scholarship is awarded each spring to a current or former University Studies student who will be entering the sophomore year with a declared major. Students should be rising sophomores with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher and a minimum of 30 completed credits. For more information and for an application, go to www.temple.edu/dus.

Special Programs

The Deciding Student Wing is a living/learning community for students who want to live in an environment promoting academic and career exploration. Undeclared students in University Studies are eligible to reside on the Wing, a floor with suite-style housing. Benefits include a resident peer advisor, freshman seminar, workshops and social events.

Honor Societies, Awards for Achievement

Academic Distinctions

During the academic year, University Studies students who achieve a semester grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or above with 12 or more graded credits are named to the University Studies Distinguished Scholars List. Students receive congratulatory letters and are invited to a reception hosted by the Academic Resource Center.

Special Facilities

The Academic Information Center within the Academic Resource Center contains program information on all Temple schools/colleges and majors. Students can research majors and careers and use the computer stations to access Temple websites and OWLnet.

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