Undergraduate Bulletin for 1998-1999

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Undergraduate Admissions

Timm Rinehart, Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Conwell Hall, First Floor
Broad Street and Montgomery Avenue
(215) 204-7200
(888) 340-2222 (toll free)

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 notified of decisions four to six weeks after receipt of a completed application.

Applying for Admission

The URL for an on-line request form for an undergraduate application is http://www.temple.edu/ugrad/ugradcard.html

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 stated deadlines. Applications received after these dates will be considered on a space available basis. The standard admission application fee is $35.00. The renewal application fee is $5.00.

Application Deadlines

Fall semester
Freshman April 1
Transfer July 1
(Nursing, Occupational Therapy,
Health Information Management)
Feb. 1
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 Recommended
English 4
Mathematics, college preparatory** 3-4
Foreign language,
(same language/culture)
History/Social Studies 3
Laboratory science 2-3
The Arts 1
Other courses** 5
Total 20-23

Students are required to have earned a minimum of 16 units in academic subjects from the above chart. Those 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.

*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.

**Temple University strongly urges students to take additional high school credits in mathematics and a foreign language as well as advanced coursework. This is especially important for those who plan to major in mathematics, science, engineering, or language.

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.

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.

Entering the University Honors Program

Qualified students who apply to any of the schools or colleges at Temple will be offered admission to the University Honors Program. No separate application is necessary. Selection criteria includes high school credentials, application essay, recommendations, and SAT I scores. See University Honors Program under Academic Services and Programs.

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 Readmission in Academic Policies and Regulations.

Transfer Admissions

Applicants who wish to be considered for transfer admission must have maintained at least a 2.0 grade point average in 15 or more transferable credits at an accredited two- or four-year institution of higher education for consideration, although this is no guarantee of admission. 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

For Academic Residency Requirements and Transfer Credits, see Academic Policies and Regulations.

For Core Curriculum requirements for transfer students, see 45+ Transfer Core and Core-to-Core Transfer in Core Curriculum.

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 New Student Orientation staff member 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 freshmen and certain transfer 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. All freshmen students are required to attend an overnight orientation program.

Orientation provides students with information about the academic requirements of their specific colleges and the services and activities available to them as Temple students. Students will also 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 the selecting process is available. When this process has been completed, students are ready to start classes. Complementing these academic concerns, students will have the opportunity to discuss transitional issues relevant to their start at the University. Also included will be presentations on campus clubs, organizations and resources.

Orientation for New International Students

A special three-day required 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.

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