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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 who will enter grades 10, 11, or 12 in the fall. Temple Summer Academy and Temple Summer Scholars are open to students entering grades 11 or 12 in the fall. If you will graduate from high school in spring/summer of the current school year 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 have half-day options available.
Our pre-college programs are a mix of interactive class sessions with your instructor, as well as time to 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 or eight 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. However, students enrolled in the Summer Scholars program may choose one or more online classes. 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. You can expect activities like community service events, game nights, yoga nights, scavenger hunts, movie nights, field trips to various sites around Philadelphia, and more. When you apply to a pre-college program, you can also share with us the 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.
Applications for most programs are due by March 1, 2023 (early deadline) and by April 1, 2023 (regular deadline). You will be notified no later than two weeks after the deadline whether or not you are accepted, and will be given instructions at that time on how to claim your space in your program. We recommend applying early for the best chance to get the courses or workshops you want.
Most programs require an application to allow Temple to learn more about you and your interests. Programs such as Summer Academy and Summer Scholars are more academically competitive and selective than Pre-College Workshops and other two-week programs. There are no application fees.
Limited need-based financial aid is available! You can choose to be considered for financial aid when you apply by providing some additional information about you and your family on the application. Visit our Financial Aid & Scholarships page to learn more.
Yes. At the time of acceptance, you must hold your space in your program with a 10% deposit, 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 by June 19, 2023.
After your deposit is paid, please visit our Next Steps for Admitted Students page to finish preparing for your program.
Yes! You can choose to live on campus for the duration of your program (or for part of your program, if you are enrolled for four or six weeks). You will live in university housing typically open to first-year students (but designated as minors-only for the summer) with your 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 traditional co-ed dormitory. This means that you will share a bedroom with another student of the same gender identity. Students on the same floor share a communal bathroom for students of the same gender, which has stall toilets and showers. Each student gets a twin XL bed, desk, wardrobe and/or a closet. Floors are organized 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 the spring. We regret that we cannot accommodate roommate requests in advance.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
Check back in the spring 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. The packing list will be published on the Next Steps page.
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.
The Next Steps page will be updated with information about move-in and move-out plans as they are finalized. For any questions in the meantime, please contact email@example.com.
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). Leaving campus without an adult is not permitted.
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.