Temple understands that students and faculty may have questions about classes, tuition and more. The university provides the tools and resources needed to support students’ learning objectives and help faculty with course instruction.

Fall 2021 Updates

Temple is planning for a fall 2021 semester that is primarily in person with a substantial number of students returning to campus. The university is currently building a fall schedule with a broad range of in-person classes and many faculty and staff members on-site to support our students. We hope to return to a vibrant campus experience with many academic buildings open this fall.

We will also share additional information on the fall as our plans come together. Until then, the entire campus community should continue to follow the four public health pillars to keep everyone safe. 

Course Formats

The university has expanded the number of courses with an in-person component beyond those that require critical hands-on training and experiential learning. All courses offered with an in-person component will be taught in de-densified classroom, lab and studio settings that are as safe as possible as we continue to face the pandemic. Many schools and colleges are also planning an array of cocurricular and extracurricular in-person activities that will continue to provide opportunities for safe social interaction with faculty and fellow students.

Meanwhile, for online courses, our faculty will continue to employ best practices to make those classes engaging and rewarding. This blend of instructional modes gives students the opportunity to tailor their own schedules to meet their learning needs and allows faculty to ensure the best possible educational experience for students.

Open Campus Operations

Residence halls, Charles Library, the TECH Center, Campus Recreation and other services that support student life are available for in-person use. In addition, a full slate of online resources, including the Career Center, Wellness Resource Center and Tuttleman Counseling Services, will continue to be available.

For Students

For Instructors

Class Attendance Policy

The university’s attendance policy has been standardized to accommodate students who are ill or are required to self-quarantine for a period of time due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

To achieve course learning goals, students must attend in-person classes, and/or participate in classes or portions of classes that are taught remotely, to the extent that they are able. Though increased flexibility will be granted, in all cases, course assessments such as assignments, tests and exams must be completed for learning goals to be reached.

Instructors are required to record attendance for each in-person or synchronous remote meeting using an online attendance system designated by the university. This will help facilitate contact tracing if a student or instructor tests positive for COVID-19. Recording of attendance will also provide an opportunity for outreach from student services and academic support units to support students should they become ill.

2020–2021 Tuition Freeze

Temple’s leadership introduced a tuition freeze as a way of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic while maintaining the university’s finances. Instituting a tuition freeze allowed Temple to save students money and keep the university financially viable during the pandemic.

Learn more about tuition and university finances during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Information About Tuition and Fees 

Estimated tuition and fees are updated annually each summer. Some or all instruction for all or part of the academic year may be delivered remotely. Tuition, the University Services Fee and certain other fees are set regardless of the method of instruction and will not be refunded in the event instruction occurs remotely for any part of the academic year and regardless of the inability to access university-maintained facilities, or any disruption to or cancellation of activities, events, services or programs during the academic year. Read more information about Temple’s refund policy. By registering for classes, the student and anyone paying on their behalf acknowledges and accepts these terms.

University Libraries Access

Charles Library on Main Campus, the Charles E. Krausz Library Temple’s Ambler Library, the Ginsburg Health Sciences Library and the Law Library are all open.

New safety measures have been implemented to help protect patrons as they access these facilities. We also encourage users to take advantage of the available virtual resources, which include digitized collections and e-books. 

For more information about the reopening, please check the university libraries website for details on what to expect when you visit.

International Campuses and Study Abroad

Decisions about all university-sponsored, -connected or -funded international travel by students, faculty and staff are updated on the 15th of each month, based on international, national, state and local guidance. See the latest information on Education Abroad programs and our international campuses.

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