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Temple University Belltower Temple was founded in 1884 and incorporated as Temple University in 1907.  In 1965, Temple became a state-related institution in the commonwealth System of Higher Education.  Dr. Russell Conwell, internationally known author, lecturer, and Baptist Minister founded Temple University in response to the needs of his mostly poor congregation.  Moved by the plight of those in Philadelphia's working-class neighborhoods in 1884, Conwell dedicated Temple University to the ideal of higher education for all students of limited means, without regard to race, creed, or station in life.
Today, Temple University is the 35th largest university in the United States.  It also is one of the largest providers of professional education (law, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and podiatric medicine) in the country.  Its many campuses include the 95-acre Main Campus in North Philadelphia.  The Health Sciences Center, which includes Temple University Hospital, the School of Medicine, School of Dentistry, School of Pharmacy, and College of Allied Health Professions, is located two miles north of the Main Campus.  The Ambler Campus is situated on 186 acres of rolling fields in suburban Montgomery County.  Temple has four other Philadelphia-area campuses; Tyler School of Art, Fort Washington Graduate and Professional Education Center, Temple University Harrisburg, and Temple University Center City, which offer academic courses as well as continuing education and cultural programs. 
The student body at Temple is one of the largest and most diverse in the nation.  Total enrollment for both undergraduate and graduate students stands at over 28,000, with 5,800 of those being matriculated graduate students.   Temple University is proud that its population reflects the diversity of urban America.  Over 20 percent of the student population is African-American, and women make up 55 percent of the total enrollment.  A significant proportion of students are considered non-traditional, consisting of those who have decided to return to college after a number of years.  Following in the tradition of its founder, Dr. Russell Conwell, Temple University still offers educational opportunities at a reasonable cost to those who choose to take advantage of its many excellent academic programs.

Student Population 1998-1999

ETHNICITY ENROLLMENT PERCENT
African-American

5,638

20.8%

Asian-American

2,997

11.0%

Hispanic

927

3.4%

Native American

87

0.3%

White

15,957

58.8%

Other

1,551

5.7%

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