Undergraduate Bulletin Updated for 1997-1998

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Undergraduate Admissions

Randy H. Miller, Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Conwell Hall, First Floor
Broad Street and Montgomery Avenue
(215) 204-7200

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

Applying for Admission

An on-line request form for an undergraduate application.

Interested students should obtain an Undergraduate Admissions Application Booklet from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, located in Conwell Hall on the Main Campus, or at any of Temple's five local campuses. The booklet contains an application, financial aid and housing information, and descriptions of student life/services and academic programs. It also outlines the University's admissions procedures and instructions for completing the application. Students must submit all application materials to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by the proper deadlines. Applications received after these dates will be considered on a space available basis. The standard admission application fee is $30.00. The renewal application fee is $5.00.

Application Deadlines

Fall semester
Freshman May 1
Tyler School of Art April 1
Transfer June 15
Spring semester
Freshman November 1
Transfer November 1
Fall July 1
Spring November 1

Diploma and Required High School Credits

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

Subject field Units
English 4
Mathematics, college preparatory** 2
Foreign language, same language 2
History 1
Laboratory science 1
Other courses** 6

At least three of the electives must be taken in foreign languages, mathematics, science, or social studies. The remaining three may be taken in any field. Students who lack some of the required high school credits may be admitted on an exception basis.

No student shall be admitted to the University as a freshman with a cumulative high school grade point average of less than 2.0 (of 4.0) in all courses. A 2.0 average is the equivalent of a C average in most letter grading systems. Exceptions to this policy will be considered only because of unusual circumstances.

College Entrance Examinations

Temple requires one of the following tests for college entrance:

Temple suggests that students take either test in the spring of their junior year.This provides the opportunity to improve scores by taking the test again in the senior year. Results should be forwarded directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. SAT or ACT scores are not required of applicants 22 years of age or older.

Special Requirements for Admission

The following programs have additional requirements for admission: Allied Health Professions (all programs), Dance, Music (all programs), Tyler School of Art (all programs). Refer to the individual program description for the details on these special requirements. Adult applicants, Early Admission applicants and Russell Conwell Center programs also have special requirements. See Alternative Admissions Programs.

Entering with Academic Credit: Advanced Placement Tests

Temple awards college credits to students in the advanced placement program sponsored by the College Entrance Examination Board. Credit may be earned as follows:

Scores should be sent directly to the office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Credit for Academic and Prior Learning Experience

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

The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

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

Applying for Readmission

See Academic Policies and Regulations/Readmission.

Transfer Admissions

Applicants who wish to be considered for transfer admission must have maintained at least a 2.0 grade point average at an accredited two- or four-year institution of higher education. Temple also requires the same high school units of transfer students as of freshmen.

Applicants must submit official transcripts from high school 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 major 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

International Applicants

Applicants who meet either of the conditions described below should file the International Student application.

Tuition and Residence Hall Deposits

All students admitted to the University must pay a nonrefundable tuition deposit of $100.00 in order to reserve a place in the incoming class. In addition, students who wish to live in the residence halls must reserve a space by paying a housing deposit of $250.00.


Students living in University housing and/or participating in intercollegiate athletics or the marching band are requested to provide physician-documented proof of two measles immunizations. Immunization against mumps, rubella, tetanus, and diphtheria is also recommended.

Orientation for New Students

Following admission to the University and payment of the tuition deposit, students will be contacted by a staff member of The New Student Workshop, Temple's orientation program, to come to campus for three days of placement examinations, orientation, and registration. The orientation program runs throughout the summer from June to the end of August.

All new students are required to take placement tests in English and mathematics and, if necessary, foreign languages. The results of these tests are used to help plan each student's course of study. A second day provides students with information about the academic requirements of their specific colleges and the services and activities available to them as Temple students.

On the third and final day of the orientation program, students meet with an academic adviser and register for classes. The adviser has all the transcripts and documents submitted to the Admissions Office so that the best possible guidance in selecting courses is available. When this process has been completed, students are ready to start classes.

Students attend the orientation and advising programs on the campus to which they have been admitted and are contacted directly by that campus.

Orientation for New International Students

A special three-day orientation for international students is held during the months of August and January. Its mission is to familiarize international students with academic matters, practical considerations, and personal adjustments to the United States' system of higher education, to the United States, and to Philadelphia in particular.

Alternative Admissions Programs

The University has designed alternative admissions programs to consider non-traditional students and those whose potential may not be indicated in SAT scores or class rank.

Early Admissions Program for High School Juniors (EAP)

The Early Admissions Program allows academically talented, highly motivated and mature high school juniors to take their senior year of high school and their freshman year of college concurrently. Eligible students may meet high school graduation requirements during their freshman year at Temple. The high school diploma is awarded at the end of the freshman year.


Adults applying to the University should contact any of the following programs working with adult students at Temple on the various campuses. These programs provide pre-admissions counseling, academic skill workshops, and other information important to adult applicants. Workshops review admissions criteria, SAT score waivers for adults 22 and older, financial aid, and student services for adults.

Main Campus: 
  Educational Services Component of the Russell Conwell Center  
  (215) 204-7602
  Office of Continuing Education and Evening Services  
  (215) 204-2500
Ambler Campus:
  Office of Academic Services                   
  (215) 283-1252 

The Russell Conwell Educational Services Center

Norma Arnold, Director
202 Seltzer Hall (215) 204-1252

Students admitted to Temple through the alternative admissions process of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions are admitted through the Russell Conwell Educational Services Center. The Conwell Center provides educational access and academic support services for students who are members of groups which had traditionally lacked access to higher undergraduate and graduate education: students who are the first in their family to go to college, low-income students, adults, minorities, veterans, women, etc.

The Center provides specialized academic and counseling services for Temple students admitted through the Conwell Center, including a mandatory Summer Bridge Program. Throughout the academic year, specialized educational workshops, tutorial services, and supplemental academic coursework which enhance retention and graduation are provided to students. (The Center also provides pre-college services for Philadelphia high school students aspiring to college, as well as for pre-graduate students aspiring to graduate school.)

The following three programs for entering freshmen provide a mandatory Summer Bridge Program: the Act 101 Program, the Student Support Services Program, and the Educational Services Component Program. Students apply directly to Temple, through the regular admissions application. When admitted to Temple through an alternative admissions process, the student will be notified about next steps for the Summer Program by the Conwell Center, and will be assigned to one of the three programs, depending upon federal and state eligibility guidelines. All completed application material -- applications, transcripts, etc -- must be received on or before May 1 to be considered for admission to Temple through the Conwell Center. Applications are available from Temple's Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Adult students (22 and above) considering beginning or returning to college also utilize these same services of the Center, and are not required to take SAT exams for admission. They have pre-admissions counseling and other Center services available to them. **  **  **