Temple University

A comprehensive public research university, Temple University enrolls more than 34,000 students, is the 27th-largest university in America and is one of the nation’s leading centers of professional education.

Founded in 1884 by Dr. Russell Conwell as an informal adult-education outgrowth of his Baptist Temple ministry, Temple College was chartered in 1888 and was incorporated as Temple University in 1907. In 1965, Temple became a member of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education.

Temple University offers 300 academic degree programs. There are two associate degree programs (Horticulture and General Studies), 125 bachelor’s programs, 113 master’s programs, 52 doctoral programs and eight first-professional degree programs in the fields of dentistry, law, medicine, pharmacy and podiatric medicine. There are also ten certificate programs.

Four of Temple’s eight Pennsylvania locations are in Philadelphia: Its 115-acre Main Campus and its 17-acre Health Sciences Center will be the primary sites of more than $500 million in construction and renovation over the next several years. Center City is the home of the School of Podiatric Medicine and Temple University Center City, which serves the credit and non-credit education and enrichment needs of area corporations and residents.

The 186-acre campus in suburban Ambler offers programs in community and regional planning, horticulture, landscape architecture and other majors; the Tyler School of Art occupies a 12-acre campus in Elkins Park, PA, until its planned 2009 relocation to a new facility on Main Campus; and the location in Fort Washington, PA, hosts a graduate and professional center featuring graduate and non-credit courses for adult learners. An eighth Pennsylvania location is located in the heart of the state’s capital, Harrisburg.

Temple has campuses in Rome and Tokyo, and the university operates prestigious study abroad programs in London, Beijing, Paris, Mumbai and other locations worldwide.



Admissions Office

1801 North Broad Street
Conwell Hall, Ground Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19122


Undergraduate: 24,197
Graduate: 4,870


Ph.D.s: 91%

Student/Faculty Ratio



The intercollegiate athletic program at Temple is one of impressive size, diversity and tradition. Teams representing the university compete in 24 varsity sports (13 women’s, 11 men’s), involving more than 500 athletes. Sports clubs and intramural sports are open to all students. Facilities include two Olympic-sized swimming pools; a field house for intramural sports; an eight-lane, 400-meter track; and playing fields.

The 59,000-square-foot Independence Blue Cross Recreation Center at the back of The Liacouras Center contains a fitness center with a weight room, squash and racquetball courts, cardiovascular machines, aerobics rooms, an indoor running track and outdoor tennis/volleyball courts.


Temple’s diverse campus supports more than 120 organizations. Social, cultural, religious, academic, professional and ethnic groups provide an opportunity for all students to get involved in campus and community life. The Liacouras Center hosts sporting events, concerts and trade shows in its 10,500-seat arena.

Programs of Study

Temple University offers 300 academic degree programs. There are two associate degree programs (Horticulture and General Studies), 125 bachelor’s programs, 113 master’s programs, 52 doctoral programs and eight first-professional degree programs.

Bachelor’s degrees are awarded in:

  • Agriculture (horticulture)
  • Biological Science (biochemistry and biology/biological science)
  • Business (accounting, banking and finance, business administration and management, business economics, business law, human resources, international business management, management science, marketing/retailing/merchandising, personnel management, real estate and sports management)
  • Communications and the Arts (art, art history and appreciation, broadcasting, classics, communications, dance, English, film arts, fine arts, French, Germanic languages and literature, Greek, guitar, Hebrew, Italian, jazz, journalism, Latin, linguistics, music, music history and appreciation, music performance, music theory and composition, percussion, performing arts, photography, piano/organ, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, speech/debate/rhetoric, strings, telecommunications, voice and winds)
  • Computer and Physical Science (actuarial science, chemistry, computer science, geology, mathematics, physics and statistics)
  • Education (art, business, early childhood, education, elementary, English, foreign languages, health, marketing and distribution, mathematics, middle school, music, physical, science, secondary and social studies)
  • Engineering and Environmental Design (architecture, biomedical engineering, civil engineering, electrical/electronics engineering, electrical/electronics engineering technology, engineering, engineering technology, environmental engineering technology, landscape architecture/ design, mechanical engineering and mechanical engineering technology)
  • Health Professions (music therapy, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, pre-dentistry and pre-medicine)
  • Social Science (African American studies, American studies, anthropology, Asian/Oriental studies, criminal justice, economics, geography, history, parks and recreation management, philosophy, political science/government, pre-law, psychology, religion, social science, social work, sociology, urban studies and women’s studies)

Business administration, psychology, and elementary education are the largest.


Nearly 10,000 students now live on or near the Main Campus in Philadelphia—more than twice the number who lived on or near campus in 2002. Temple’s growth sparked $200 million in private residential development and the arrival of new restaurants and shops to the neighborhoods surrounding the Main Campus and the Health Sciences Center.

Visitor Information

Information sessions and tours are offered Monday through Friday at The Welcome Center, located at the corner of 12th Street and Montgomery Avenue.

Morning Visit

Includes an information session from 10 to 11 a.m. and a campus tour from 11 a.m. to 12 noon.

Afternoon Visit

Includes an information session from 2 to 3 p.m. and a campus tour from 3 to 4 p.m.

Transfer Tuesdays

Transfer students meet with Admissions and Student Financial Services professionals to have transfer questions and concerns addressed. Transfer Tuesdays are offered the first Tuesday of each month at the Main Campus at 12 noon and 4:00 p.m.

Directions to Campus

Temple University
1801 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122