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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. Freshman applicants can opt to apply Early Action through our application or the Common Application and must have a completed application on file before November 1st to receive a decision by December 20th. All other applicants (freshman or transfer) 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 is admissions.temple.edu/apply.

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 $55.00. The renewal paper application fee is $20.00.

Special Requirements for Admission

The following programs have additional requirements for admission: the College of Health Professions and Social Work (Nursing, freshmen and transfers, 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 & 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 Re-enrollment

For further information, see Academic Policy 02.10.16 at http://policies.temple.edu/getdoc.asp?policy_no=02.10.16.

Also see the Leave of Absence, Academic Forgiveness, and Academic Standing policies in the Academic Policies section of this Bulletin and the Academic Policies and Regulations section of each school or college. An application for re-enrollment is submitted to the school or college of the intended major.


Diploma & 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, International Baccalaureate, & Dual Enrollment

Temple awards college credits to students who in high school participated in the Advanced Placement program (AP), the International Baccalaureate program (IB) or a Dual Enrollment program. Students should have taken the AP or IB exams in high school and should have their scores sent directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. All students must request that their official test scores be sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, even if they have requested them for a previously-attended college.

Limitations on credit earned through Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and other forms of Credit for Prior Learning are as follows: (1) the credit must be useful in a student's program of study; (2) duplicate credit in the same course is not awarded in any case; (3) credit is only awarded in academic subjects with a corresponding Temple department.

Credit for Prior Learning will not be awarded for a course in which a student is currently enrolled and/or has previously received a letter grade for the course (including, but not limited to, an F, W, AU, or I).

See the AP and IB sections under Credit for Prior Learning in the Academic Policies and Regulations section of the Bulletin for further information regarding course equivalencies and corresponding scores needed for credit.

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate equivalencies will be reviewed periodically 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.

College credits may be earned through Dual Enrollment courses completed while in high school. Students should have an official transcript sent from the credit granting institution directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Dual Enrollment credits are accepted and evaluated according to the guidelines established for Transfer Credits. For further information see Admissions: Transfer Credit.

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 0802 or 0812*.
  • All students within School of Environmental Design (formerly Ambler College), Boyer College of Music and Dance, College of Health Professions and Social Work, College of Liberal Arts, School of Communications and Theater, School of Tourism and Hospitality Management, or Tyler School of Art are required to take the Mathematics Placement Test unless they transfer a credit-bearing, college-level Mathematics course; however, students considering, or required to complete, Mathematics 1021 or higher or a Science course with a prerequisite of Mathematics 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, Education or Fox School of Business and Management 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; are a Communication Sciences major within the College of Health Professions and Social Work; or are an International Business Administration major within the Fox School of Business and Management; 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 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.


Incoming students take Online Placement Tests. New students receive an e-mail with the link to the Online Placement Testing web site where they can read descriptions of the tests and information as to the specific tests the student must take. The New Student Orientation (www.temple.edu/orientation) and Measurement and Research Center (MARC) (www.temple.edu/marc) web sites also contain descriptions of the tests, helpful hints for the test day, and sample items.

New Student Questionnaire (NSQ). The NSQ 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. All information is kept confidential.

English Placement Examination (60 minutes). All students are required to take the English Placement Examination unless they transfer a direct equivalent of Temple's English 0802 or 0812. For the English Placement Examination, students write an essay and their essay score is combined with the students's SAT verbal score and high school percentile to determine the appropriate English course placement.

Mathematics Placement Examination (75 minutes). All freshmen and transfer students who are not transferring a credit-bearing QA, QB, or GQ designated Mathematics 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, Education, or the Fox School of Business and Management;
  • all students considering or required to take Mathematics 1021 or higher;
  • all students considering or required to take a Science course with a Mathematics 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 and Social Work;
  • are an International Business Administration major within the Fox School of Business and Management;


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

Online Placement Tests are offered in French, German, Italian, and Spanish; a paper-and-pencil Modern Greek Test is also available. 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). 

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. The average GPA for entering transfer students is a 3.00+ GPA. 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

Generally, Temple accepts academic, college-level courses beyond the developmental level completed with a grade C- or better, from schools with regional accreditation (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.

Credit is only awarded in academic subjects with a corresponding Temple department. Duplicate credit in the same course is not awarded in any case. Whenever possible, credit is allowed for courses completed more than 10 years before the date of admission. Courses evaluated for transfer from colleges and universities with different credit systems (e.g. quarter hours, units, etc.) are converted to semester hours (i.e., 2 quarter hour credits are equivalent to 1.5 semester hour credits; 3 quarter hour credits are equivalent to 2.0 semester hour credits; 4 quarter hour credits are equivalent to 2.5 semester hour credits).

Evaluation of transfer credits is based on a student's major. The student's school/college at Temple 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 or if additional transcripts or score reports are received. There is an expectation that final transcripts from previously attended institutions be received prior to the start of the student's second semester.

Initial evaluation of transfer credits is made in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Re-evaluation of credits will be done first by Undergraduate Admissions and when appropriate by academic advisors, in consultation with the Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies, according to standard Temple policies and procedures. For more information about the evaluation of transfer credits and appeals for re-evaluation of credits go to www.temple.edu/vpus/transfer/index.htm#EVALUATION.

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/college. 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 for Academic Achievement in the Academic Policies and Regulations section of the Bulletin.

Credit for Prior Learning, including Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, 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 GenEd. See 45+ Transfer GenEd 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

Temple University awards limited academic credit and course placement to students based on previous academic, employment, military and/or other learning experiences not earned in a traditional classroom setting. Credit for Prior Learning and non-traditional credits are not applied to the minimum number of credits (60) required to earn Latin Honors at graduation. Credit for Prior Learning and non-traditional credits are not counted toward Academic Residency. See Credit for Prior Learning in the Academic Policies and Regulations section of the Bulletin for further information.

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 eligible students. Students at ten Pennsylvania-area community colleges (Bucks County Community College, Delaware County Community College, Lehigh Carbon Community College, Luzerne County Community College, Montgomery County Community College, Community College of Philadelphia, Northampton Community College, Reading Area Community College, Harrisburg Area Community College, and Valley Forge Military College) may enroll in the Dual Admissions program before completing 30 credits, including any colleges previously attended. Students are then admitted to Temple upon attaining their associate's degrees at the community college. Go to www.temple.edu/vpus/transfer/agreements.htm for any updates to the list of dual admission agreements.

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

GenEd-to-GenEd and Core-to-GenEd


GenEd-to-GenEd and Core-to-GenEd Transfer agreements accept -- upon Temple evaluation and approval -- the general education requirements of approved associate degrees in lieu of most of Temple's GenEd requirements. Go to www.temple.edu/vpus/transfer/agreements.htm for the list of these 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. Go to www.temple.edu/vpus/transfer/agreements.htm for lists of agreements currently in effect.


Transfer Students and the University General Education Curriculum

Every Temple undergraduate fulfills the requirements of the General Education Curriculum in some way.

Students entering Temple with fewer than 45 transfer credits complete the full General Education Curriculum (see General Education Curriculum under the Academic Programs section of the Bulletin).

Students with 45 or more transferable credits satisfy the 45+ GenEd Curriculum. (See GenEd Transfer Programs under General Education Curriculum in the Academic Programs section of the Bulletin.)

Students who have earned the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma and meet minimum eligibility requirements complete the International Baccalaureate General Education Program (IB GenEd Program). Students accepted into the program will still complete the required number of credits needed for their selected baccalaureate degree – usually between 120-124 credits and will need to complete up to 18-19 credits of the full GenEd Program (35-36 credits). For more information go to www.temple.edu/vpus/transfer/TransferGenEd.htm.

Students with an associate degree approved for GenEd-to-GenEd or Core-to-GenEd Transfer meet most GenEd requirements with the general education courses taken for the associate degree. Associate degrees are approved for GenEd-to-GenEd and Core-to-GenEd by a university-wide faculty committee. See GenEd Transfer Programs 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, paper application, or common application. Questions can be directed to International 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 International Student Services under Student Services.

Special Admissions Programs

Dual Admissions Programs

See Transfer Students.


Pre-Professional Admissions Programs

Pre-Medical Health Scholar Program and
Accelerated Option Programs: Dentistry, Pharmacy, Podiatry, Physical Therapy

1810 Liacouras Walk, Suite 100


Pre-Med Health Scholar Program
The Pre-Med Health Scholar Program is offered to highly talented High School Seniors interested in pursuing a career as a physician. it is designed to recruit exceptional students to Temple University by offering a Linkage Agreement with Temple University School of Medicine. Students entering Temple University as Pre-Med Health Scholars may consider an Accelerated BA/MD (3+4) Degree option.

Accelerated Programs for: Dentistry, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, and Podiatry
Accelerated Programs allow Pre: Dentistry, Pharmacy, and Podiatry (3+4 Tracks) as well as Physical Therapy (3+3 Track) students the option of earning both their Bachelor of Arts and Graduate Degrees in a shorter period of time after successfully passing all courses in the first year of professional school.

Applications for Accelerated Programs for Pre: Dentistry, Pharmacy, Podiatry and Physical Therapy tracks become available to interested students during their first semester at Temple University. The Accelerated Programs are designed for high-achieving students who have distinguished themselves with impressive high school academic records and a demonstrated interest in their respective field. Applications are available in the office of Pre-Professional Health Studies, 1810 Liacouras Walk, Suite 100. For further information, please visit the health advising web site noted above.

Temple Law 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 Temple Law Scholars program provides an opportunity for outstanding students in the College of Liberal Arts and the Fox School of Business and Management to gain provisional admission to Temple University School of Law at the same time they are accepted into an undergraduate program. As Temple Law 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 the Fox School of Business and Management.  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 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: http://honors.temple.edu/.

Also see University Honors Program under Academic Opportunities.


Russell Conwell Learning Center

Recipient of the National "2011 Lee Noel - Randi Levitz Retention Excellence Award"

Working through the Office of Admissions, the Russell Conwell Center (RCC) is a Learning Center that 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 freshmen academic advising unit and academic support community through graduation.  The RCC offers a wide range of services to help students achieve their academic and educational goals, including:

  • Academic assessment and advisement
  • Tutorial services (Individual, Group and Team approaches)
  • Learning assessment and instruction
  • Academic/Educational workshop series
  • Financial and budget management instruction
  • Supplemental Instruction in Chemistry, Anatomy, Physics and more
  • Career assessment and major exploration and match
  • Academic Coaching by trained Undergraduate Scholars
  • Professional Development Program (workforce and professional training for student employees)
  • Certificate Series Program (proficiency training in Public Speaking, PowerPoint, Web page design, etc.)
  • Cultural and social activities
  • Leadership development and service opportunities
  • Standardized test taking preparation (SAT and GRE)
  • Student Employment Program
  • And more!

Contact the Office of Admissions at 215-204-7200 for further information. See the Academic Support 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 Studies

See Special Programs.

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