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Temple University is a four-year, public institution located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Now considered an international powerhouse in higher education and a top-tier research institution, it was established in 1884 by a Baptist minister named Russell Conwell. The university is the largest in the city, offering diverse future leaders around the world an opportunity to share in their common drive to learn, prepare for their careers, and make a real impact on society.

Overview of Temple University (TU)

The institution is among the most active research universities in the nation. It has achieved the R1 Carnegie Classification of Institution of Higher Education and offers a gateway to the world with long-standing international campuses in Tokyo and Rome, as well as study abroad opportunities across six continents.

The university is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, an international accrediting agency recognized by the United States Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Temple University also has several academic programs independently accredited or recognized by other external professional organizations, including Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), Council on Education for Public Health (CHPH), National Association of School of Art and Design Commission on Accreditation (NASAD, and Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board American Society of Landscape Architects (LAAB).

General Information

School Type Public
Campus Setting City: Large
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 13:1
Graduation Rate 74%
Year Founded 1884

Student Enrollment

Total Students38,794


Undergraduate Student

Male 13,214
Female 15,512

Graduate Student

Male 4,631
Female 5,437

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TU Acceptance Rate and Admissions


Male 14,392
Female 21,207


Male 8,491
Female 12,936

Acceptance Rate60%

Male 59%
Female 61%

Enrollment 4,913

Male 1,988
Female 2,925
Application Fee $55
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Considered But Not Required
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Required
Recommendations Considered But Not Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline February 1
Common Application Accepted Yes

Temple University Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

Temple University is dedicated to providing students with access to high-quality education and the institution strives to make it possible for every qualified applicant to enroll. The total cost of attendance will vary depending on several factors including student level, residency, and the number of credit hours taken. Prospective students are encouraged to utilize the university’s tuition calculator for the most accurate estimates.

Tuition and fees for in-state students range from $16,080 to $22,632 per academic year, depending on the program. This is based on students taking 12 credit hours per semester and additional coursework costs more per credit. Non-residents are charged more, with tuition ranging from $28,992 to $37,608 per academic year. Graduate and professional programs can cost as much as $61,452 for in-state students and $69,398 for out-of-state students. These rates do not include housing and meal plans. Rooms on campus range in price from $4,318 to $7,541 per semester and meal plans can be as little as $546 or as much as $2,254 per semester.

The university does attempt to lower student financial responsibility by offering financial aid opportunities. To this end, Temple University automatically considers all students for scholarships. Approximately 79% of first year students receive need-based financial aid.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $23,032
Average Total Aid $10,364
Students Receiving Financial Aid 90%
Room & Board $14,778

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $16,970
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $29,882
  • Books and Supplies - $1,494
  • Room & Board - $14,778
  • Other - $2,462


Temple University offers a dynamic and nurturing learning environment for students. With more than 500 academic programs offered by 17 distinct schools and colleges, there are plenty of academic pathways to choose from. In addition to bachelor’s degrees, students can also enroll in graduate and doctoral programs.

The schools and colleges include:

  • Tyler School of Art and Architecture
  • Fox School of Business
  • Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry
  • College of Education and Human Development
  • College of Engineering
  • Beasley School of Law
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • Lew Klein College of Media and Communication
  • Lewis Katz School of Medicine
  • Boyer College of Music and Dance
  • School of Pharmacy
  • School of Podiatric Medicine
  • College of Public Health
  • College of Science and Technology
  • School of Social Work
  • School of Sport, Tourism, and Hospitality Management
  • School of Theater, Film, and Media Arts

With a student population of 38,794, the majority of whom are undergraduates, Temple University boasts a surprisingly low student-to-faculty ratio. The university employs approximately 2,297 faculty members and 740 instructional graduate assistants. This makes the aforementioned ratio only 13:1, an impressive statistic for such a large institution. While some classes are larger than others, students can expect to receive rather consistent one-on-one attention from their professors if it is desired.

In 2019, the retention rate for first-time, full-time students pursing bachelor’s degrees at Temple University was 89%. First-time, part-time, undergraduate students had a lower retention rate of 62%. Regardless, these statistics imply that the majority of students enrolled at the university were satisfied with their experience, as they chose to return for further study the following year.

The university also has a competitive graduation rate. Overall, 74% of full-time, first-time, undergraduate students graduated within 150% of the ‘normal’ expected time frame for completing programs (4 years). Of the remaining number, approximately 14% of students transferred to another institution.

Student Population Total

Student Population 38,794

Evening Classes : Yes
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Business Majors 1,728 Total Graduates / 25%
Finance, General 343 Graduates
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 313 Graduates
Accounting 222 Graduates
Insurance 161 Graduates
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 739 Total Graduates / 11%
Radio and Television 233 Graduates
Advertising 180 Graduates
Mass Communication/Media Studies 110 Graduates
Journalism 82 Graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 537 Total Graduates / 8%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 110 Graduates
Public Health Education and Promotion 107 Graduates
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General 105 Graduates
Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy 74 Graduates
Visual and Performing Arts 505 Total Graduates / 7%
Cinematography and Film/Video Production 159 Graduates
Acting 66 Graduates
Graphic Design 54 Graduates
Dance, General 23 Graduates
Painting 23 Graduates
All Biological & Biomedical Majors 412 Total Graduates / 6%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 261 Graduates
Neuroscience 96 Graduates
Biochemistry 53 Graduates
Biophysics 2 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 43%

Outcome & Salary

Most students enrolled at Temple University graduate. Overall, 74% of full-time, first-time, degree-seeking undergraduates who entered the institution in the 2011-2012 academic year received bachelor’s degrees. This statistic was the same for non-first-time degree-seekers as well. It is important to note, however, that part-time undergraduate students graduated far less frequently. Only 36% of first-time and 51% of non-first-time degree-seekers received bachelor’s degrees. Notably, some colleges and departments do have more competitive graduation and employment rates than others.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $53,700
College Grads Average Salary $66,264
College Grads Mid Career Salary $95,800
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $662,640
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,620,640
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $92,128
10 Year Projected ROI $570,512
20 Year Projected ROI $1,528,512
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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