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Undergraduate admissions counselors Brian and Faithe answer the questions they get the most from prospective first-year students.
How do you handle AP, IB, or transfer credits?
If you've taken any AP courses and those exams or the IB curriculum and those exams, send those official score reports to us. We'll do an official credit evaluation for you. If you've taken college level credits as a part of your high school curriculum, have that institution send us an official copy of your transcript. We'll also evaluate those credits. To get a sense of what's going to transfer, head to our website, admissions.temple.edu, and find our transfer equivalency tool.
Are first year students guaranteed housing?
First year students are guaranteed housing as long as they make [their] admissions deposit and housing deposit by May 1st. Students can live on campus all four years, though housing is not guaranteed all four years.
Many students will opt to move off campus, especially in their upper class years. We have an entire office of Off-Campus Housing, as well as a search tool on our housing website, housing.temple.edu, to help you find those different options.
Does Temple have pre-professional health programs?
Yes. Template has pre-professional health programs. Those are housed through our office of Pre-Professional Health Studies and this is a great team of advisors that support our students who are interested in pursuing some of those pre-professional health programs such as pre-med, pre-dental, pre-PT. And what they do, they give all the students the guidance and support that they need to prepare for those application processes.
It is important to note that pre-professional health programs at Temple are tracks, so you're majoring in whatever you like and being on a pre-professional health track.
Can you talk about campus safety?
One of the top priorities here at Temple is to make sure that our students are feeling safe and well at all points in time. Our first priority, 1A, is to make sure that our students are getting a world-class education. 1B is to make sure that they feel safe and well. So with that said, our campus safety department provides an array of different resources and educational programs to make sure that our students have everything they need to feel safe at all points in time. We have academy-trained police officers, we have contracted security guards who patrol on and off campus, as well as the entry to all of our buildings on campus. Our campus safety department also operates a walking escort program, as well as an on-demand shuttle service among many, many other resources.
What are the retention and graduation rates?
For the 2018-2019 academic year, our retention rate is 89% and our six-year graduation rate is 74%.
Can I change my major at Temple?
Sure. Temple students can change their major. You really have up to two years to officially declare your major. Students will work closely with their academic advisors to find that right major for them, so that they're really making the impact in the academic experience that they want to have.
I’ve been admitted to Temple University! Now what?
Congratulations. You've officially been admitted to Temple University. What's next? Well, the first step is to submit your deposit. Your tuition deposit is going to be $200 and if you're looking to stay on campus, that's going to be a $250 housing deposit.
After that, you're going to want to log into your TUportal and complete any pre-online orientation requirements and any placement assessments.
After that, you're going to want to send us any official final transcripts. We'll add that to your file and if we need to do more credit evaluations, we'll do that.
Then you're going to join us for an overnight orientation on campus. This'll be great for you to experience campus as well as meet with an academic advisor.
And after that you're officially a Temple Owl. You'll start classes and join the Temple family.
Thanks for joining us. We hope you had a lot of fun today here at Temple University, we sure did.
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