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Temple University

Office of Undergraduate Admissions

Conwell Hall, First Floor

1801 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19122

phone: 215-204-7200

toll free: 888-340-2222

fax: 215-204-5694



The Office of Undergraduate Admissions processes all undergraduate applications for admission to all campuses of Temple University. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and candidates are usually notified of decisions four to six weeks after receipt of a completed application.

The web site to apply online is www.temple.edu/undergrad/applying.html.

Students must submit all application materials to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by the stated deadlines on the undergraduate application web site. Applications received after these dates will be considered on a space-available basis. The admissions application fee is $40.00. The renewal paper application fee is $10.00.

Special Requirements for Admission

The following programs have additional requirements for admission: the College of Health Professions (Nursing and Health Information Management transfers only), Dance, Music, and the Tyler School of Art. Refer to the individual program description for the details on these special requirements. Adult applicants, those who are 22 years and older and have not attempted 15 or more college-level credits at an accredited institution, are not required to submit standardized test scores.

Tuition and Residence Hall Deposits

All students admitted to the university must pay a non-refundable tuition deposit of $200 in order to reserve a place in the incoming class.  In addition, students who wish to live in the residence halls must pay a housing deposit of $250.

Applying for Readmission

For further information, see Academic Policy 02.10.11 at http://policies.temple.edu/getdoc.asp?policy_no=02.10.11.

Also see the Readmission Policy in the Academic Policies and Regulations section of each school or college.  Readmission to Temple University undergraduate programs is through the school or college that you last attended.


Diploma and Required High School Credits

The university requires that students hold a diploma from an accredited high school with the following recommended distribution of courses:

Subject field         Units
English 4
Mathematics, college preparatory 4
Foreign language (same language/culture) 2
History/Social Studies 3
Science (2 years lab) 3
The Arts 1
Other college preparatory courses 3
Total 20

Students are required to have earned a minimum of 16 units in academic subjects from the above chart. Students 18 years of age and older may submit a high school equivalency diploma earned through the General Education Development Test and the high school transcript for all grades completed.

College Entrance Examinations

Temple requires one of the following tests for college entrance:

  • Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) of the College Entrance Examination Board, Box 592, Princeton, NJ 08540
  • American College Test (ACT) of the American College Testing Program, Box 168, Iowa City, IA 52250

Temple suggests that students take either test in the spring of their junior year, as well as in the fall of their senior year. Results should be forwarded directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. SAT or ACT scores are recommended but not required of applicants 22 years of age or older.

Entering with Academic Credit: Advanced Placement 

Temple awards college credits to students who in high school participated in the Advanced Placement program as follows:

  • Art History, Chemistry, English (Language and Literature), History (American, European and World), Latin (Vergil and Literature), Physics, Political Science (Comparative Government and U.S. Government) -- Minimum score of 4
  • Other subjects -- Minimum score of 3
  • Students who receive the minimum score in the English Advanced Placement test will receive English elective credit, not Analytical Reading & Writing credit.

Students should have taken these tests in high school and should have their scores sent directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. All students must request that the College Board send their official Advanced Placement test scores to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, even if they have requested them for a previously attended college.

Advanced Placement equivalencies will be reviewed annually and are subject to change.  Students will receive the equivalency that is in effect at Temple at the time of their matriculation.

If credit is awarded, a student's university record will carry notation of credit, but no grade will be recorded.  Credit awarded will not affect a student's grade point average at Temple University.

Limitations on credit earned through the Advanced Placement program are as follows:  (1) the credit must be useful in a student's program of study, and (2) duplicate credit in the same course is not awarded in any case.

Advanced Placement credits can be counted toward eligibility for the 45+ Transfer Core if the student also has transfer courses from another college or university. 

Placement Testing

Most newly-admitted students are required to take placement tests upon admission to Temple. These tests are designed to help assess mastery of certain basic skills, to point out particular strengths and weaknesses, and to assist in designing a program of study for the student. Placement tests are offered in English, Mathematics, and Foreign Languages.

  • All students are required to take the English Placement Test unless they transfer a course that has been evaluated as a direct equivalent of Temple’s English 1002, 1012, 0802, or 0812*.
  • All students within Ambler, Boyer, CHP, CLA, FSBM, SCT, SSA, STHM, or Tyler are required to take the Mathematics Placement Test unless they transfer a credit-bearing, college-level Math course; however, students considering, or required to complete, Math 1021 or higher or a Science course with a prerequisite of Math 1021 or higher are required to take the Mathematics Placement Test, regardless of transfer credits.
  • All students within the Division of University Studies (DUS) or any student within a major in the Colleges of Science and Technology, Engineering, or Education are required to take the Mathematics Placement Test, regardless of transfer credits.
  • All students who previously studied a foreign language are required to take the Foreign Language Placement Test if they a) are in a B.A. program in the College of Liberal Arts, College of Science and Technology, or Tyler School of Art; Communication Sciences majors within the College of Health Professions; or International Business Administration majors within Fox School of Business; OR, b) are interested in taking a foreign language at Temple.

*Transfer students who completed an English placement test at their previous institution and tested out of their previous institution’s English Composition or comparable requirement can be waived from the English 1002/0802 requirement if they have documentation of their placement and have successfully completed a higher-level English/Writing course.  Acceptable documentation includes an official letter from the university’s registrar, advising unit, a faculty member, or other appropriate university official.  In these instances, students will need to meet with an advisor for official approval. Once approval is granted, advisors will complete a DARS exception.


New students receive a mailer that contains descriptions of the tests and information as to the specific tests the student must take. Students are referred to the New Student Orientation (www.temple.edu/orientation) and MARC (www.temple.edu/marc) web sites, which contain descriptions of the tests, helpful hints for the test day, and sample items. The components of the tests, advising guidelines, and retest policies are outlined below.

Demographic Data Survey (25 minutes). This is a personal data collection survey that must be completed by all students. Temple uses the results of this questionnaire to develop programs and procedures to serve the needs and interests of its students.

English Placement Examination (135 minutes). All students are required to take the English Placement Examination unless they transfer a direct equivalent of Temple's English 1002, 1012, 0802, or 0812. The English Placement Examination consists of an essay and a multiple choice component. The multiple choice test scores are used in conjunction with the student's SAT verbal score and high school percentile to develop a base score. The essay score and the base score are then combined to determine the appropriate English course placement (English 0701/0711, English 0802/0812, or exempt).

Mathematics Placement Examination (75 minutes). All freshmen and transfer students who are not transferring a credit-bearing, college-level Math course are required to take the multiple choice Mathematics Placement Examination. Additionally, the following students (regardless of transfer credits) are required to take the Mathematics Placement Examination:

  • all students within the Division of University Studies (DUS);
  • all students in a major within the Colleges of Science and Technology, Engineering, or Education;
  • all students considering or required to take Math 1021 or higher;
  • all students considering or required to take a Science course with a Math 1021 or higher prerequisite.

Students can consult with their advisor concerning conditions under which they may retest.

Foreign Language Placement Examination (60 minutes). Freshmen and transfer students who previously studied a foreign language and are not transferring a credit-bearing, college-level foreign language course are required to take the Foreign Language Placement Test if they:

  • are in a B.A. program in the College of Liberal Arts, College of Science and Technology, or Tyler School of Art;
  • are a Communication Sciences major within the College of Health Professions;
  • are an International Business Administration major within the Fox School of Business;


  • are interested in taking a foreign language course at Temple.

Tests are offered in French, German, Modern Greek, Italian, and Spanish. Each is a multiple choice test and consists of approximately 90 items. If a student has previously studied another foreign language (other than French, German, Modern Greek, Italian, or Spanish) and wishes to be tested in that language, it may be possible to arrange testing. The Senior Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies web site (www.temple.edu/vpus/forms/index.htm) has a Foreign Language Waiver Form and Procedures for Applying for a Foreign Language Waiver (Group 2 or Group 3 Languages). 

Students who wish to be tested in a language other than these, or whose first language is not English, should contact their advisor.

Advisors may request that a student retest if there is strong evidence (e.g., good grades in foreign language courses, intensive study abroad, etc.) that the student's test performance was not typical.

For more information about placement testing, sample questions, and news about changes in placement tests, visit the placement testing page on the Measurement and Research Center web site (www.temple.edu/marc/placements.html). 


Orientation for New Students

Following admission to the university and payment of the tuition deposit, students will receive information regarding their orientation requirements. See the Office of Orientation web site at www.temple.edu/orientation/ for further information.


See Student Health and Wellness under Student Services for required immunizations.

Transfer Students

Transfer Admissions

Applicants who wish to be considered for transfer admission must have maintained at least a 2.50 grade point average in 15 or more transferable credits completed after high school at an accredited two- or four-year institution of higher education, although this is no guarantee of admission. Temple requires the same high school units of transfer students as of freshmen.

Applicants must submit official transcripts from high schools and each college previously attended. The university defines "official transcript" as that which is sent directly from a high school or college to Temple's Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Ordinarily, SAT or ACT scores are not required unless specifically requested by the Admissions Office.

An evaluation showing accepted transfer credits and a list of Temple course equivalencies are sent to students who are admitted. Evaluations are based on the majors students indicate on their applications. The Temple school/college in which they enroll will make the final determination of which transfer credits are applicable to the degree.

Transfer Credit

Temple University accepts all college-level liberal arts courses beyond the developmental level. These courses must have been completed with a grade of C- or better.  Transfer students receive credit from all colleges and universities accredited by the appropriate commission of one of the regional accrediting Associations (Middle States, Northwest, North Central, Southern, Western, and the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges). Temple does not award credit for courses from institutions accredited by the Commission on Technical and Career Institutions of the New England Association or from any university, college, school, institute, or program accredited only by a national, professional, or specialized accrediting body. Whenever possible, credit is allowed for courses completed more than 10 years before the date of admission.

Evaluation of transfer credits is based on a student's major, and the student's Temple school/college makes the final determination of which transfer credits are applicable to the student's degree program. Transfer evaluations may change for students who change majors.

To earn a degree from Temple, students must complete at least 30 hours of the last 45 semester hours as a matriculated student at Temple, fulfill all university requirements, and fulfill all of the degree requirements of the Temple school or college in which they are enrolled, as approved by the dean of that school. See Academic Residency in the Academic Policies and Regulations section of the Bulletin.

To graduate from Temple with Honors, students must complete at least 60 hours toward their degrees in residence as matriculated students at Temple University. See Honors in the Academic Policies and Regulations section of the Bulletin.

Advanced Placement and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) credits, and courses taken as a non-matriculated student at Temple, are posted on a student's record as transfer credit, but do not always count as transfer credits for determining a student's eligibility for the 45+ Transfer University Core. See 45+ Transfer University Core in the Academic Programs section of the Bulletin.

The number of credits that students can transfer from another institution (two- and four-year) depends on their declared Temple major.

Credit for Prior Learning Outside the Classroom

Some schools and colleges at Temple grant limited credit to qualified students for relevant experience in academic, employment, and life situations. See the Academic Policies and Regulations section of the Bulletin for further information.

The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Incoming students can also gain credits through the College Level Examination Program tests. See the Academic Policies and Regulations section of the Bulletin for the list of accepted CLEP tests and the Temple course equivalencies.

Dual Admissions

To better encourage and facilitate transfer admission from other colleges to Temple University, Temple and these colleges have established articulation agreements.

Dual Admissions agreements conditionally admit students to Temple at the same time they are admitted to a community college, and provide merit scholarships towards Temple tuition for those students. Students at five Pennsylvania-area community colleges (Bucks County Community College, Delaware County Community College, Montgomery County Community College, Community College of Philadelphia, and Harrisburg Area Community College) may enroll in the Dual Admissions program before attaining 30 transferable credits, including any colleges previously attended. Students are then admitted to Temple upon attaining their associate's degrees at the community college.

Additionally, Temple maintains a Guaranteed Admissions agreement with Burlington County College in New Jersey with similar guidelines and provisions as our Dual Admissions agreements.

Program Articulation Agreements

These agreements between Temple schools and/or academic departments and other two-year institutions provide accurate curricular information for prospective transfer students and their academic advisors by lining up associate degree requirements and baccalaureate degree requirements. They indicate which courses students should take during their associate program in order to be prepared for the Temple baccalaureate program into which they wish to transfer. See Articulation Agreements at www.temple.edu/vpus/ucc/core_transfers.htm for lists of agreements currently in effect.

Transfer Students and the University Core Curriculum

All students are required to complete a set of university requirements: General Education (GenEd) or Core.

New freshmen starting in the 2008-2009 academic year are required to complete the GenEd curriculum. Students who have fewer than 15 transferable credits are considered freshmen. Additionally, students whose transfer credits were earned while in high school, regardless of the number of transfer credits, are considered freshmen.

New transfer students starting in the 2008-2009 academic year are required to complete the Core curriculum. Students who attempted 15 or more transferable credits after high school and prior to being admitted to Temple University are considered transfer students.

Transfer students entering Temple with fewer than 45 transfer credits complete the full University Core Curriculum (see University Core Curriculum under the Academic Programs section of the Bulletin).

Transfer students with 45 or more transferable credits satisfy the 45+ Transfer Core Curriculum. (See 45+ Transfer University Core under University Core Curriculum in the Academic Programs section of the Bulletin.)

Students with an associate degree approved for Core-to-Core Transfer meet most University Core requirements with the general education courses taken for the associate degree. Associate degrees are approved for Core-to-Core Transfer by two university-wide faculty committees. See Core-to-Core Transfer for information on the policy and a list of approved community college associate degrees.

International Students

An individual is considered an international student if he/she meets either of the conditions described below:

  • applicants who hold or will hold a student visa, exchange visa, or any other type of non-immigrant visa
  • applicants who are permanent residents, naturalized citizens, or have refugee status in the United States and have not studied in the United States at the secondary or college level

International students who require a visa must complete the International Student Application available online or from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. International students are also required to complete a Financial Support Statement as part of the international student application.

Effective April 2002, U.S. federal regulations prohibit individuals in Visitor for Business/Pleasure (B-1/B-2) status from pursuing full-time academic studies at a university or college in the United States and from applying for a change of status from B-1/B-2 to Nonimmigrant Student (F-1) status while they remain in the United States. These individuals must seek Nonimmigrant Student (F-1 or J-1) status through a U.S. consulate outside of the United States.

Orientation and Immunizations

For requirements see Services for International Students under Student Services.

Special Admissions Programs

Dual Admissions Programs

See Transfer Students.


Pre-Professional Admissions Programs

Temple Health Scholars Program
1810 Liacouras Walk, Suite 100


The Temple Health Scholars are eligible for accelerated programs that allow them to complete their undergraduate degree with the coursework required in the first year of their professional school program.

The Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Podiatry offer a seven-year option, and the Department of Physical Therapy offers a six-year option. Scholars interested in pursuing an accelerated option must make their interest known to the Director of Pre-Professional Health Studies at the time of their admission to the Health Scholars Program. Dental, Medical, Pharmacy and Podiatry Scholars who choose the seven-year option and Physical Therapy Scholars who choose the six-year option will be awarded a bachelor's degree upon successful completion of their first year of professional school coursework. Dental, Medical, Pharmacy and Podiatry Scholars who choose the seven-year option are limited to undergraduate majors in the sciences. Physical Therapy Scholars who choose the six-year option can choose a science major in the College of Science and Technology or a Kinesiology major in the College of Health Professions.

Scholars interested in pursuing other majors or a traditional four-year program will complete their undergraduate degree before beginning study in professional school. Scholars pursuing accelerated paths are required to participate in the certificate and practicum program while they are enrolled as undergraduates.

High school students interested in the Temple Health Scholar's accelerated program should apply in the fall of their senior year. Both an application for undergraduate admission and an application for the Temple Health Scholars Program are necessary. For further information, please visit the health advising web site noted above.

TempleLaw Scholars Program


Paul Crowe, Director

Philosophy Department

College of Liberal Arts

James M. Lammendola
Legal Studies in Business Department

Fox School of Business and Management

The TempleLaw Scholars program provides an opportunity for outstanding students to gain provisional admission to Temple University School of Law at the same time they are accepted into an undergraduate program. As TempleLaw Scholars, students are expected to complete the University Honors Certificate Program in conjunction with their undergraduate degree, after which they enroll in the Temple University School of Law, leading to the degree of Juris Doctor. While most Law Scholars complete their undergraduate degree before entering Beasley School of Law, Law Scholars can choose the Accelerated Option and enter Beasley School of Law after their third year of undergraduate study.  This 3+3 option is currently available only to students in the College of Liberal Arts and to Legal Studies majors in the Fox School of Business.  A Law Scholar who chooses the Accelerated Option applies the first year of law school coursework toward undergraduate degree requirements and receives a Bachelor's Degree in his or her chosen major(s) after the first year of Law School.  Law Scholars interested in pursuing the 3+3 option must indicate their interest in doing so during the first semester of their first year of undergraduate study. For more information or an application, please visit the web site listed above.


University Honors Program

The Honors Program is designed primarily to enhance the student's experience in the university's General Education or Core courses. Qualified students who apply to any of the schools or colleges at Temple will be offered admission to the University Honors Certificate program. Typical admitted Honors first-year students will achieve a combined SAT score around 1300 and a high school GPA of around 3.80. For first-year students, no special application is required since all admitted students are screened for Honors. Current Temple students or transfer students may apply for late admission on the Honors web site.

For more information on the Honors Program, please visit the web site: www.temple.edu/honors.

Also see University Honors Program under Academic Opportunities.


Russell Conwell Educational Service Center

Working through the Office of Admissions, the Russell Conwell Center (RCC) provides university admission for students who have a strong academic record in high school, but may not have "aced" the SAT/ACT. Once selected by the Office of Admissions as a university student, students are enrolled in the RCC, which serves as their academic advising unit and academic support community through graduation.  The RCC offers a wide range of services to students, including:

  • academic advisement and counseling
  • individual and group tutoring
  • academic and educational support
  • undergraduate research
  • employment opportunities
  • leadership development activities
  • peer mentoring
  • career identification and exploration
  • scholarship support
  • six computer labs
  • a laptop loan program
  • cultural and academic enrichment programs
  • and more!

Contact the Office of Admissions at 215-204-7200 for further information. See the Student Support Services section of this Bulletin for more descriptive information about the services provided at the RCC, view the web site at www.temple.edu/rcc or call the RCC at 215-204-1252.

Continuing Education

See Special Programs.

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