Undergraduate Bulletin 1996-1998

Temple University switchboard: 215-204-7000
TDD: 215-204-5919

Temple University Home Page -- Undergraduate Bulletin Main Page

Welcome to Temple

During academic years 1996-98, Temple University's undergraduate students will encounter the latest in a series of changes planned to enrich and enhance their academic experience.

All Temple undergraduates now have the opportunities presented by the University Core Curriculum, an innovation that places Temple in the forefront of American higher education. The Core continues to grow and change with students' interests and academic needs. New Core courses this year include several offerings in the Studies in Race category.

The University Honors Program will introduce its ninth group of unusually talented and motivated first-year students to challenging Honors sections of Core courses as well as to specially designed Honors courses.

New students in 1996-98 are encouraged to participate in Learning Communities, an opportunity to enhance their classroom experience through linked courses and related activities.

Also in '96-98, most Temple undergraduates will enjoy the benefits of the Degree Audit Reporting System. A sophisticated enhancement to the student information system, DARS will give students and their advisers more accurate and complete information about curricular options and progress toward graduation.

These and other changes show Temple University's commitment to its own challenge—offering the best post-secondary education to the widest spectrum of students for the most reasonable tuition possible.

Go to the top of the page

About Temple University

Temple University was founded in 1884 by Dr. Russell Conwell as an outgrowth of his ministry at the Baptist Temple, a landmark still standing at Broad Street and Berks Mall, the heart of the University's Main Campus. Dr. Conwell wanted to make higher education available to all capable and motivated students regardless of their backgrounds and finances. His college, begun as informal classes for seven people, first was housed in the meeting rooms in his church. It soon expanded into nearby row houses, and within five years enrolled over 600 students.

More than 100 years later, having emerged as a major educational enterprise, Temple University continues Conwell's mission. The University is proud of its distinguished faculty, many of whom possess national and international reputations. One of the nation's major centers of teaching, research, and service, Temple is among the top institutions in the U.S. doing research for the federal government, and has one of the nation's three university-based national survey-research facilities.

Temple offers a broad range of high-quality academic programs attracting students from all over the United States and from more than 100 foreign countries, as well as from the Delaware Valley. In its 14 schools and colleges, Temple University's nearly 31,000 students are earning bachelor's degrees in over 100 fields, master's degrees in more than 80, and doctoral degrees in more than 50. Eleven schools and colleges provide baccalaureate degree programs. The Graduate School offers master's and doctoral programs in cooperation with the schools and colleges within the University. Professional degrees are offered in law, medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy. Temple University is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education. Most of Temple's schools and colleges have received additional accreditation from other agencies, noted in each school and college's section in this Bulletin.

The University has seven campuses (including one in Rome, Italy and another in Tokyo, Japan). An international University, Temple also is both an urban and a suburban one, with three campuses in Philadelphia and two in Montgomery County. In addition, Temple operates a major teaching hospital and two conference centers in Chestnut Hill. The University offers credit and non-credit courses at approximately 40 off-campus locations in Pennsylvania, including the University Center at Harrisburg.

A member of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education in Pennsylvania, Temple University is governed by a 36-member Board of Trustees.The University is supported by student tuition; annual appropriations from the Commonwealth; federal grants; gifts from alumni, cor-porations, and friends; and income from endowment. Peter J. Liacouras is the University's seventh president.

Go to the top of the page

The Campuses

The programs, courses, and activities of Temple University are offered at seven campuses: Main Campus, Health Sciences Center; Ambler Campus; Temple University Center City (TUCC); Tyler School of Art; Rome, Italy; and Tokyo, Japan. For information on Temple's Rome and Japan campuses and programs, see International Programs and Study Abroad. For information about off-campus programs and services, see Continuing Education/Special Academic Programs.

Temple University invites and encourages students to visit the campus of their choice. This visit, however, is not required for admission. Undergraduate students conduct tours of the Main, Ambler, and Tyler campuses every day. An appointment may be arranged by calling:

Go to the top of the page


The University has pledged not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, or disability. This policy extends to all educational, service, and employment programs of the University.

Affirmative action at Temple has these inclusive objectives: To support the admission and successful participation of disadvantaged students, students with disabilities, and those for whom English is a second language. To employ and advance in employment qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, disabled veterans, and veterans of the Vietnam era.

Temple University's equal opportunity/affirmative action program complies with federal regulations. For more information or to review Temple University's Affirmative Action Plan, contact Dr. William T. Yates, Assistant Vice President for Affirmative Action, or Ms. Sandra A. Foehl, Director, Office of Affirmative Action, 109 University Services Building, (215) 204-7303 (TTY: 204-6772).

Temple University is committed to providing a smoke-free environment for everyone at Temple. All University facilities are designated as non-smoking. In addition, all indoor Temple University-sponsored activities that take place in facilities not owned or operated by Temple University are smoke-free in those areas under Temple's control. This policy will be enforced according to established University policies and procedures.

It is Temple University's policy to provide to all students, upon request, a copy of the University's policies and procedures regarding CAMPUS SECURITY AND SAFETY, as well as crime rates and statistics for the most recent three-year period. In doing so, Temple University complies with two important pieces of legislation: the Pennsylvania College and University Security Information Act and the federal Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act. To receive a copy of “You and Campus Safety,” which provides important information about campus safety and the Department of Security and Protection, write to the Office of the Associate Vice President for Security and Protection, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 19122, or call (215) 204-6262.

Our policy is to provide current and prospective students with information regarding UNDERGRADUATE GRADUATION RATES.
For the most recent student group, 43% of full-time, entering freshmen graduated within six years of initial enrollment. Temple University is also the university of choice for transfer students from other colleges and universities, who make up about 50% of our new undergraduate students. Our transfer students have an average graduation rate of 56%. For additional information on our graduation rates, please contact the Office of the Provost.

To spread the word about class cancellations due to severely adverse weather conditions, the University participates with the City of Philadelphia and cooperating radio stations which will broadcast the following code numbers assigned to Temple University:

Temple University is committed to providing a learning and working environment that emphasizes the dignity and worth of every member of its community, free from discriminatory conduct. Sexual harassment and sexual assault, in any form or context, are inimical to this and will not be tolerated. Sexual harassment and assault subvert the mission and the work of the University, and can threaten the career, educational experience, and well-being of students, faculty, and staff.

University policies on sexual assault and harassment, which include procedures for filing complaints, are available upon request from the Office of Affirmative Action, 109 University Services Building, (215) 204-7335.

The Rules and Regulations as stated in the Bulletin are announcements only and in no way serve as a contract between the students and Temple University. Prospective students are responsible for contacting individual departments concerning the latest information on regulations and course offerings.

Go to the top of the page **  **  **