Temple University is a public institution located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The University was originally established in 1884 by the Reverend Russell Conwell who was inspired to create the school after tutoring a young man who was only able to study at night due to his job. Believing that other students would benefit from a night school, Conwell convinced members of both his congregation and the community to found “an educational institution intended primarily for the benefit of working men.” In 1888 “The Temple College” received its charter for incorporation; since that time the University has only continued to evolve and grow, becoming one of the nation’s premier higher education institutions.
Academic ProgramsTemple University’s mission is to serve as a “national center of excellence in teaching and research with an international presence.” The University has strong, deep ties to its community and endeavors to be a “beacon of public service, social activism and community engagement.” Temple University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and has been so since 1921.
Offering more than 450 academic degree programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, Temple University is comprised of well over a dozen colleges and schools. These include the Tyler School of Art; the Fox School of Business; the Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry; the College of Education; the College of Engineering; the Beasley School of Law; the College of Liberal Arts; the School of Media and Communication; the Lewis Katz School of Medicine; the Boyer College of Music and Dance; the School of Pharmacy; the School of Podiatric Medicine; the College of Public Health; the College of Science and Technology; the School of Social Work; the School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management; and the School of Theatre, Film and Media Arts.
Student LifeTemple University has a total enrollment figure of more than 38,000, including well over 28,000 undergraduate students. Student housing is offered with a wide variety of options in nearly a dozen residence halls. In addition to its several living arrangement options, Temple University also offers numerous dining choices and meal plans. Located right in Philadelphia, students have access to all that the diverse and vibrant city has to offer, with plenty of cultural, entertainment, and dining opportunities located just minutes away from campus.
Hundreds of clubs and student-run organizations are recognized by Temple University, covering a wide range of both personal and professional interests. These and other campus events and activities provide opportunity for students to interact with one another outside of the classroom and to develop valuable leadership qualities and skills. As an NCAA Division I-A school, Temple University fields several varsity teams, nicknamed the Owls, which compete American Athletic Conference.