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Read below for the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions about attending pre-college programs at Temple University.
The Office of Summer and Pre-college Programs offers three programs: Temple Summer Scholars (6 weeks, earn college credit), Temple Summer Academy (4 weeks, earn college credit), and Temple Pre-college Workshops (2 weeks, non-credit). Other parts of Temple University offer pre-college programs as well, including during the school year. View the full list.
Temple Pre-college Workshops are open to students entering grades 9, 10, 11, or 12 in fall 2022. Temple Summer Academy and Temple Summer Scholars are open to students entering grades 11 or 12 in fall 2022. If you will graduate from high school in spring/summer 2022 and want to know what your options are for getting a head start on college, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
All programs will generally keep you busy throughout the day from Monday through Friday, including breaks. Schedules may vary and are published on each program's page. Most programs begin at 10 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. Some programs do have half-day or evening options available.
Our pre-college programs combine both live class sessions with your instructors, and sessions where you work at your own pace on a group or individual project. Depending on your course or workshop, there will also be opportunities to go on field trips, talk with guest speakers, or participate in lab experiences. In addition, you will be invited to participate in regularly scheduled social activities on evenings and weekends. Schedules will be provided in advance so you can choose activities that appeal to you. Learn more about a typical day in our programs.
Generally, no more than 22 students will be enrolled in a single workshop or course, but some workshops may have as few as seven students enrolled. We want you to be in a small environment where you'll have plenty of opportunities to interact with other students and your instructor.
Most programs will take place on campus in summer 2022. However, some online options will be available. To participate successfully and fully in an online workshop or course, we recommend that you have:
Evening and weekend activities will be hosted on and off campus several times a week. These activities are optional, but are great opportunities to meet other students outside of class. We are still working on our schedule of activities for summer 2022 but will likely be hosting game nights, yoga nights, scavenger hunts, movie nights, field trips to various sites around Philadelphia, and more. There will also be a way for you to submit your ideas for what kinds of social activities you'd like to participate in. Non-residential students are also welcome to participate in evening and weekend activities.
Costs vary depending on which program you choose to attend and whether you live on campus or not. A full list of costs is available here.
Throughout your program, you will be guided by a dedicated staff of Temple undergraduate students who will serve as Pre-college Mentors. In addition to your instructors, these Pre-college Mentors will be there to help facilitate your experience in the classroom, brainstorm how to successfully complete your projects, and just generally be there to answer your questions. They'll also be the ones running the evening/weekend activities.
Temple University believes that all students have something of value to contribute. Temple University’s Office of Pre-college Programs takes pride in fostering an inclusive environment where all students feel comfortable regardless of their race, background, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status. We support a commitment to diversity and inclusion and welcome all qualified students. If you have any concerns about this, please don’t hesitate to reach out to email@example.com or call 215-204-2712.
Temple Summer Academy and Temple Summer Scholars applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. The deadline to apply for either of these programs is May 13, 2022. The enrollment deadlines for Temple Pre-college workshops are ten days prior to the program's start date, or when the program fills to capacity. Please apply or enroll early!
Temple Summer Academy and Temple Summer Scholars do require an application for admission. However, Temple Pre-college Workshops and most other pre-college programs across the university do not require an application.
Limited need-based financial aid is available! Visit our Financial Aid & Scholarships page to learn more.
Yes. You must hold your space in your program with a deposit ($100 for Pre-college Workshops, $230 for Temple Summer Academy, or $340 for Temple Summer Scholars), but you can pay the remaining balance in any installments that work for you and your family. All program fees must be paid in full 7 days prior to the start of the program.
After your deposit is paid, please visit our Next Steps for Admitted Students page to finish preparing for your program.
Yes! We fully expect to be able to have students live on campus for the duration of their program in summer 2022. Students will live in university housing typically open to first-year students (but designated as minors-only for summer 2022) with their peers and pre-college staff.
No. Living on campus is an optional part of the pre-college experience, but approximately 50% of our pre-college students have historically been day students who commute back and forth from campus each day. Temple University's Main Campus is easily accessible by car, bus, subway, and train.
Pre-college students live in a suite-style, co-ed dormitory. This means that four students will share one suite (two bedrooms with two students per bedroom, and one shared bathroom). Each student gets a twin XL bed, desk, wardrobe and/or a closet. Students are roomed according to gender identity, with girls towards one side of the building and boys towards the other.
Roommates will be paired based on gender identity, and on the results of a roommate preference survey, which will be sent to all students in spring 2022. If you have a student that you know you want to room with, both students should email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a roommate match. Otherwise, all students will meet their roommate on move-in day.
If you need accommodations for housing due to a disability, medical need, gender identity, need for a service animal, or any other reason, please contact email@example.com as soon as possible.
Check back in spring 2022 for a full list of what to bring/not bring. Students commonly forget to bring a comforter, sheets, pillows, towels, laundry detergent, trashcan, hangers, cleaning supplies, plates, and eating utensils. For this year it is also essential to bring extra masks or face coverings!
Yes. Pre-college housing has a 1:10 ratio of staff to students. Pre-college mentors (PCMs) and a resident manager will live in the residence hall with students. There will be an on-call staff member available 24/7 to assist students in off hours, and the building is monitored 24/7 by security staff posted at the front desk.
Temple University has dozens of eating options on campus that are accessible for our students to utilize, including dining halls, quick-service restaurants, food trucks, and more. Meals are not included in the program fee, but residential students are required to pay a minimum meal fee to cover the cost of their meals on campus. Non-residential students can also pay an optional meal fee to reduce or eliminate the need to carry cash on campus.
Only residence hall staff, pre-college staff, and enrolled students are able to enter the residence halls. Doors will not unlock for anyone without an OWLcard to access the residence hall. Security guards are at the entrance of the building 24/7 to ensure everyone scans their OWLcard at the entrance.
Guests, including parents, are not permitted in the residence halls except in the lobby area during move-in and move-out. This is in accordance with Temple's policies for the safety of minors on campus.
Our site will be updated with information about move-in and move-out plans as they come together in spring 2022. For any questions in the meantime, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes. All students participating in pre-college programs must provide proof that they have been fully vaccinated prior to their first day on campus. Temple defines “fully vaccinated” as two weeks after the date of your second shot of Moderna or Pfizer, or two weeks after your first shot of Johnson and Johnson. For example, if your program starts on June 27, you must get your final vaccine dose no later than June 13.
If it has been more than five months since your last shot, we strongly recommend that you receive a booster before coming to campus. Boosters are the best way to protect against severe COVID infection and death, even from highly contagious variants. Getting a booster before you come to campus means that you will be up to date on your vaccinations.
While the university would like 100% participation with vaccination, we recognize that exemptions may be warranted in some cases. Your request for an exemption will be reviewed and if it is approved, you must still wear a mask indoors, continue to practice physical distancing when among others and submit weekly COVID-19 test results for the duration of your program.
The full pre-college COVID-19 policy is posted here. We ask all enrolled students to review it with their families and acknowledge it prior to arriving on campus.
Please note that Temple University's COVID-19 requirements may change over time and updated guidance will be posted here.
Pre-college programs follow all of Temple University's safety protocols, which may include masking and social distancing in campus spaces. Safety protocols continue to evolve, but the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff remains a top priority. Read and acknowledge our COVID-19 policies for pre-college.
The safety and wellbeing of students is important at Temple. Students will have access to around-the-clock campus and housing security, the Temple University police, and an alert system to notify students of potential emergencies. Temple Pre-college also prioritizes student safety through the use of buddy systems, curfews, and 24/7 supervision. Learn more about Temple's campus safety measures.
In addition to general campus safety policies for all Temple students, pre-college students are also subject to the following additional safety policies and procedures:
Dorm Access – The residence hall is limited to minors only. A security guard is posted in the lobby 24/7. The only people able to swipe into the building are residents and specific Temple staff. No guests allowed.
Check-Ins – Your PCM will text you several times throughout the day.
Buddy System – You must have a buddy while exploring campus!
Curfew – Report back to your residence hall by curfew.
Campus Boundaries – All campus activities and exploration happens within specific boundaries. You’ll get a campus tour on the first day.
Leaving Campus – You are not allowed to leave campus without a pre-college mentor or without being signed out by a parent or guardian.
On-Call PCMs – A PCM is on-call 24/7 for any student concerns.
Pre-College is designed for you to learn what college is and what it means to be a college student in a safe way. You will be given the freedom to learn skills for college life under the supervision of Pre-college staff. You will get to explore campus with other students using a buddy system and set campus boundaries, and when you travel off-campus to explore the city of Philadelphia, you will always be with at least one Pre-college Mentor (PCM).
If you need medical attention while attending our programs, you will be able to use the Temple University Student Health Services for minor illnesses and injuries. If you do get sick or hurt and need medical attention, you will be accompanied to the Student Health Services office by a qualified Pre-college staff member and parents/guardians will be made aware of the situation. In the unlikely event of a medical emergency, you will be brought to a local hospital or urgent care center depending on the severity of the illness or injury and will always have a pre-college staff member with you.