The Offices of the Provost and the Senior Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies are responsible for the University's relations with community colleges and for oversight of curricular policies related to student transfer into Temple. The Senior Vice Provost's Office assists in the evaluation and re-evaluation of transfer courses for Core or GenEd Curriculum credit at Temple, and interprets University transfer policies for students, faculty members, and academic advisors.
To encourage and facilitate admission from other colleges to Temple University, Temple has established the following kinds of articulation agreements with other institutions:
Institution‑to‑institution agreements. Dual Admissions agreements conditionally admit students to Temple at the same time they are admitted to a community college, and provide the opportunity for merit scholarships to Temple for eligible students. GenEd-to-GenEd, Core-to-GenEd and Core‑to‑Core Transfer agreements accept‑-upon Temple evaluation and approval-‑the general education requirements of associate degrees in lieu of most of Temple's Core or GenEd requirements. (All students complete two Writing Intensive courses at Temple.) As of July 2012, Temple has entered into both Dual/Guaranteed Admissions and Core-to-Core or GenEd-to-GenEd Transfer agreements with nine community colleges (Community College of Philadelphia; Bucks, Delaware, Harrisburg Area, Lehigh Carbon, Luzerne County, Montgomery County, and Northampton Community Colleges; Burlington County College), Core-to-Core or GenEd-to-GenEd Transfer agreements with five other community colleges (Camden County College; Gloucester County College; Mercer County Community College; Valencia Community College), and a Dual Admissions agreement with Reading Area Community College. In addition, Temple has established both a Dual Admissions and GenEd-to-GenEd agreement with Valley Forge Military College.
Program‑to‑program agreements. These are agreements between Temple's academic schools and/or departments and other two‑year institutions that provide accurate curricular information for prospective transfer students and their academic advisors by aligning associate degree requirements with baccalaureate requirements. The agreements indicate which courses students should take as part of their associate program in order to be prepared for the Temple baccalaureate program into which they wish to transfer.
For more information about Temple's transfer agreements click here.
TRANSFER CREDIT EVALUATION & APPEALS PROCESS
Generally, Temple accepts academic, college-level courses beyond the developmental level completed with a grade C or better, from schools with regional accreditation. Exceptions to any of these criteria may be considered on appeal. College level coursework completed at colleges and universities that are not members of one of the six regional accrediting associations may be eligible for credit by validation. 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).
In addition, 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. For additional information see Credit for Prior Learning below.
Applicants must submit official transcripts from each college previously attended. The "official transcript" must be sent directly to Temple's Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Military transcripts and official score reports for standardized exams such as AP, IB, CLEP, etc. should also be sent directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
Admitted students receive an evaluation showing accepted transfer 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.
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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, including Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) credits completed prior to attending Temple are posted on a student's record as transfer credit.
Credit for Prior Learning may be earned through
Click here for more information.
To view equivalency tables for Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), click here.
TRANSFER STUDENT RESOURCES
Next Steps Checklist
You completed the Online Transfer orientation and met with your advising unit to register for your first semester but now what? To assist in your transition to Temple the Next Steps Checklist includes information about steps you can take to get ready for your first semester. From getting acquainted with the campus and connecting with offices and services to finding important resources and web pages click here for more information.
Frequently Asked Questions
Click here to view frequently asked questions.
"Ask a Transfer Expert" (for Current Temple Students)
Is there information that you are looking for that you have not been able to find, or do you have a question, concern or suggestion you would like to share? Click here to "Ask a Transfer Expert" using our online form. (Please note: A valid Temple e-mail address is required. You will be prompted to log into your TUmail account to complete and submit the “Ask a Transfer Expert” form.)
If you are a prospective student and have questions about transferring to Temple, click here.
UNIVERSITY CORE AND GEN ED CURRICULUM
Core & Transfer
The last semester for Core Curriculum for new transfer students was Spring 2010. (All new Freshman at Temple, excluding Temple University Japan (TUJ), transitional to GenEd in Fall 2008.*
If you are a Core Student click here for more information.
GenEd & Transfer: Fall 2010 and after
The General Education (GenEd) program serves as Temple University's liberal education requirements for all undergraduate students admitted as freshman beginning Fall 2008 and for all transfer students who are admitted to Temple for Fall 2010 and beyond.* GenEd is a response to the reality of the 21st century--the amount of information available to us and the speed with which we can access information and the pace with which access continues to expand. In a world where no one can hope to know it all, the best way to prepare for the future is to learn how information is linked and how pieces of information are interrelated.
GenEd classes draw connections between academic knowledge and current controversies. From global terrorism to global climate change, from digital mapping to the future of television, GenEd classes will involve looking at cutting edge issues from multiple perspectives. GenEd draws connections too with the city of Philadelphia, as classroom study is integrated with Temple's dynamic urban environment.
Click here for an overview of the University General Education (GenEd) Curriculum.
Click here and here for information about meeting GenEd requirements with Transfer credits.
*TUJ began GenEd for both new freshmen and new transfers in Fall 2009. However, due to availability of GenEd course offerings for the 2009-2010 academic year TUJ students were permitted to use core courses to meet GenEd Breath areas (Arts, US Society, World Society, Human Behavior, Race and Diversity, and Science and Technology).
PA TRAC TRANSFER CREDIT INFORMATION
Temple University, Penn State University, and the University of Pittsburgh accept for transfer credit most college-level liberal arts courses taught at institutions participating in Pennsylvania’s College Transfer System. To assist students as they prepare to transfer, each institution has identified thirty credits hours of equivalent course content accepted as meeting general education requirements for most majors at their institutions.
To view Temple's PA TRAC Transfer Credit Information click here.
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