Temple University

Temple University Student Enrollment and Financial Aid Info

Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Temple University is a 4-year, public university that offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs. Read about the pros and cons of the school, plus ranking, tuition and admission information.

Is Temple University the School for You?

The main campus of Temple University is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with eight additional campuses around the world, including Japan and Rome. Categorized as a research university, the school is ranked among U.S. News & World Report's Top 100 Public Schools. Read more to find out if Temple University is the school that fits your education needs.


  • High number of academic programs
  • Graduation rate is 28 percentage points higher than the national average
  • Diverse student body
  • Endowment grew by 19.2% between 2010 and 2011


  • Total cost is $12,870 higher than the national average for in-state students at public, 4-year universities and $10,129 higher for out-of-state students
  • Student debt following graduation is $6,840 higher than the national average

Temple University at a Glance

If you're interested in majoring in business, U.S. News & World Report ranked Temple University's business programs in insurance and international business among the top ten in the nation in 2013. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) showed that the student-faculty ratio at Temple was 15 to 1 in 2011, which was slightly lower than the national average of 16 to 1. Additionally, the ratio of teaching assistants to professors was on par with the national average.

Though this school has a high graduation rate as well as more than 100 undergraduate programs, it also has a higher-than-average total cost. NCES estimated that state residents paid $30,006 in 2011-2012 - which included tuition, books and supplies, room and board, and other expenses - while non-residents paid $39,832. Graduates of this school had an average student debt of $33,500, according to College Board.

Getting In & Financial Aid at Temple University

The application deadline for the Fall 2013 semester is March 1. You can submit your application online or print out a paper form. The admission decision is based on your academic performance, standardized test scores, application essay, recommendations and extracurricular activities. Approximately 63% of students who applied were admitted to the university in Fall 2011.

The financial aid application is also due March 1. Completing this application will make you eligible for all forms of financial aid, including scholarships. In 2011, 66% of Temple students took out loans to help with the cost of school. Additionally, 67% of students received some form of scholarship or grant. You can make your tuition payment all at one time, or you can take advantage of the deferred payment plan, which allows for payment through mid-semester.

Application and Tuition Info
Regular Application Deadline (2013) March 1*
Financial Aid Application Deadline (2013) March 1***
Application Fee (2011-2012) $50**
Acceptance Rate (2011) 63%**
All Tuition & Living Expenses (2011-2012) $30,006 for state residents, $39,832 for non-residents**
Average Financial Aid Package (2011) $6,714*
Percent of Students with Need Met (2011) 21%****
Average Student Debt at Graduation (2011) $33,500****
Student Loan Default Rate (2009) 5.50%**

Life at Temple University

Located in the City of Brotherly Love, this campus is close to many attractions, including the Liberty Bell, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Valley Forge National Historical Park. You can choose to live in one of nine on-campus residences or off campus. Despite its city setting, the location offers plenty of opportunities for you to stay active, including five fitness facilities, 27 sports clubs and 24 men's and women's varsity NCAA Division I teams. You can also get involved in Greek life, student government and leadership, community service or student media by joining one or more of 342 clubs and organizations.

In conjunction with student health services, Temple has a Wellness Resource Center that educates and promotes well-being among students. Benefits include individual wellness consultations and peer education in nutrition, stress, time management and sexual health.

Student Life Info
Campus Setting Large city**
Student Population (2011) 36,855**
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (2011) 49% male to 51% female**
% of Full Time Students (2011) 89%**
% of In-state Students (2011) 75%**
% of International Students (2011) 2%**
Retention Rate (2011) 87% of full-time undergraduates**
Campus Housing Available Yes**
% of Students Living on Campus 17%*
Number of Libraries 8***
Extracurricular Activities 342*
Noteworthy Ranked #2 among U.S. schools for race/class interaction*****

Article Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **National Center for Education Statistics, ***Temple University, ****College Board, *****The Princeton Review.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Temple University, 1801 North Broad St, Conwell Hall 103, Philadelphia, PA 19122-6096
  • Phone: 215-204-7200 or 888-340-2222