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.

Course Formats

On Sept. 3, 2020, President Englert and Provost Epps announced that all classes will pivot to online learning. All in-person courses, except for essentials-only courses, have been suspended for the fall 2020 semester.

Academic Calendar

Temple will start the fall semester on Aug. 24 and end the on-campus presence on Nov. 20, when fall break begins. The remaining week of classes, study period and finals will be conducted remotely.

Academic Withdrawal Policy

There is a revision to the withdrawal policy that extends the deadline for withdrawing from one or more courses to the last day of classes. For fall 2020 full-term courses, the deadline is Dec. 7, 2020. Please go to the university’s academic calendar to view part-of-term-specific withdrawal deadlines.

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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