Temple University: Narrative Description

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1801 North Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6096
Tel: (215)204-7000; 888-340-2222
Admissions: (215)204-8556
Fax: (215)204-5694
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.temple.edu/


State-related, university, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and post-master's and first professional certificates. Founded 1884. Setting: 110-acre urban campus. Endowment: $166.1 million. Research spending 2003-04: $63.8 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $10,095 per student. Total enrollment: 33,552. Faculty: 2,361 (1,311 full-time, 1,050 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 18:1. 16,966 applied, 63% were admitted. 17% from top 10% of their high school class, 50% from top quarter, 90% from top half. 19 valedictorians. Full-time: 20,183 students, 57% women, 43% men. Part-time: 3,246 students, 58% women, 42% men. Students come from 46 states and territories, 105 other countries, 23% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 20% black, 8% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 15% 25 or older, 26% live on campus, 11% transferred in. Retention: 82% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; visual/performing arts. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Messiah College, University of Puerto Rico, Consortium of East Coast Art Schools, Gratz College. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Naval (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Recommended: essay. Required for some: recommendations, interview, portfolio, audition. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 4/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. State resident tuition: $8622 full-time, $334 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $15,788 full-time, $562 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $480 full-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load, location, program, and reciprocity agreements. Part-time tuition varies according to course load, location, program, and reciprocity agreements. College room and board: $7522. College room only: $4876. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 150 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities; 1% of eligible men and 1% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: African Student Union, India Student Association at Temple, Student Organization for Caribbean Awareness. Major annual events: Spring Fling, Homecoming, Cherry and White Day. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 5,314 college housing spaces available; 5,093 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Option: coed housing available. Paley Library plus 11 others with 3.3 million books, 3 million microform titles, 20,980 serials, 25,244 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $15.6 million. 2,000 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

"Birthplace of the Nation", Philadelphia has retained much of the charm of its colonial origins even while developing into one of the great industrial cities of the world. Population of the greater metropolitan area is over 2,000,000. Distinctive colonial characteristics such as the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall blend with evidence of vast manufacturing. Narrow cobblestone streets may be found within blocks of the business district. The city has museums, churches of all denominations, many libraries (including the first Free Library in the United States), Fairmon Park (the largest city park in the U.S.), a zoo, planetarium, major league and collegiate sports teams, numerous cultural and entertainment facilities, and all the fraternal, civic, and community service organizations of any large metropolis. Local recreation includes golf, tennis, horseback riding, hunting, boating, fishing, and swimming.

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