Temple’s students are at the core of all that we do.
Our students embody the grit and determination we’re known for. They are resilient when faced with unanticipated change and we are proud of them for acclimating to a new normal and learning environment.
Our students’ well-being and education are our top priorities. We’re committed to providing the support and resources they need so everyone can access their classes in all circumstances, stay connected with faculty and peers, and be an integral part of the Temple experience from anywhere, even as the world changes around us.
Tuition and Financial Aid
Temple remains dedicated to helping make a college education affordable for all.
In April 2020, President Richard M. Englert announced his proposal to freeze base tuition for both in-state and out-of-state students for the 2020–2021 academic year, to help lessen the economic impact COVID-19 has had and help give our students some certainty in uncertain times. The proposal was approved at the university’s May 2020 Board of Trustees meeting. In addition to freezing undergraduate and graduate tuition, the board approved a tuition freeze for Temple’s James E. Beasley School of Law, Lewis Katz School of Medicine and School of Podiatric Medicine.
We communicated on May 6 that the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act became available to Temple students who are eligible based on their 2019–2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Learn answers to common questions from students about the CARES Act.
Staying Informed, Safe and Healthy
In March 2020, Temple transitioned to remote learning for all students. In a few short weeks, the university adapted to an alternative learning environment to keep classes and coursework on track. As part of this effort, we swiftly created a hub for the university’s COVID-19 updates to serve as a resource for our community.
Our Plans for Fall 2020
The university’s COVID-19 resources now emphasize efforts to plan our return to campuses, including
- how we are looking to the future for the fall term;
- important information for parents, returning and incoming students, faculty and staff;
- how our international campuses are responding; and
- all university communication.
In the video below, Sarah Powell, director of emergency management, and Mark Denys, senior director for student and employee health services, review the university’s return plans, including how we’ll safeguard our community’s health.
In the days following our shift to online learning, our social media channels facilitated questions and answers from students about the pandemic and our current operations. At this time, you can find in our Instagram highlights all of our posts that respond to these questions, titled “COVID-19.”
Resources and Services
Although university operations have moved online, many of Temple’s student support services remain active.
- Cherry Pantry, our food pantry that provides emergency food for students, continues to operate in the Temple University Police Substation.
- Tuttleman Counseling Services offers online counseling for students to help them navigate through the impact of COVID-19.
- Temple’s Career Center offers resources and guidance on searching for job opportunities remotely.
Temple Made Day Class of 2020
Over the past few months, our commitment to honoring and acknowledging our graduating class’s accomplishments remained a top priority. The Temple Made Day Class of 2020 website, which launched on May 7, 2020, is a celebration of our students—all members of our largest class in history—and how proud we are for their hard work, achievements and determination throughout their time here. Temple Made Day features video messages of support and empowerment submitted by notable alumni, faculty, family members, classmates and the graduates themselves. We can’t wait to see what they do as new alumni.
Virtual Experiences for Future Owls
We want to stay connected with our future Owls no matter where they are. In March 2020, we launched our Virtual Visit so prospective students can explore life at Temple and learn more about the university and our undergraduate admissions process—even when they can’t be on campus. These innovative resources feature information sessions with our admissions team and provide an in-depth look at Main Campus.
Learn how our graduating students faced the challenges presented to them head-on, created new opportunities for themselves and kept their eyes on the horizon in otherwise difficult situations.
Brooke Mead ’20
Boyer College of Music and Dance
Brooke Mead thought she might never get to perform her final viola performance. Then the Philadelphia Orchestra came calling.Read the Associated Press Article
Megan Platt ’20
Klein College of Media and Communication
Megan Platt is one of many Class of 2020 graduates seeking to celebrate their academic accomplishments in a newly digital world.Watch NBC Philadelphia Coverage
Mikayla Riddick ’20
College of Liberal Arts
Mikayla Riddick, who is a member of the university’s ROTC program, is staying resilient in light of the changes she experienced during her final semester.Read the CBS3 Philly Article
Angelica Van Houten ’20
Klein College of Media and Communication
In an increasingly uncertain world, Temple University students have found new and innovative ways to celebrate their many accomplishments—even if that means a party in the backyard.Read the 6ABC Article