So, you’re thinking about applying to Temple University, and you’re curious about your chances of admission. Well, we’re here to help! Of course, there are a lot of factors in the admissions process, and it’s impossible to accurately predict whether you’ll be admitted or not. However, the most important factors in the admissions game are your GPA and test scores. So, using those as a measure, we can give you an estimate of your chances.
With an acceptance rate of 56%, admission to Temple is definitely competitive. Based on our analysis, to have a good chance of being admitted, you need to be at the very top of your class and have an SAT score of close to 1200, or an ACT score of around 26.
Not quite there? Try taking our SAT prep course and You'll still have a chance of getting in, but it’s in the single digits. Let’s take a closer look at Temple admission statistics.
Temple Admissions Statistics
Temple’s acceptance rate in 2017 was 56%. For students applying to the class of 2021, out of 28,886 applicants, Temple admitted about 16,084. The average GPA of admitted applicants was 3.51, the average ACT score was 26, and the average SAT score was 1230.
For students who took the ACT, the 25th percentile score of successful applicants was 23, and the 75th percentile score was 29.
For students who took the SAT, the 25th percentile score was 1120. The 75th percentile score was 1330.
If you’re somewhere in the middle of these numbers, remember that a high test score can compensate for a slightly lower GPA, and vice versa. If you’re at the lower end, it helps if you’re a diverse applicant, the child of an alum, or have incredible personal achievements. Still, at the 25th percentile, your chances of getting in are in the low single digits.
Other aspects of your application, such as athletics, extracurricular and recommendations, are important, but will likely only make a difference for admission if you’re in the 75th percentile range for your GPA and SAT/ACT scores.
As we said, admission to Temple is very competitive. Even if Temple is your dream school, and even if you’re in the 75th percentile, you’ll still want to make sure you apply to a wide variety of schools to ensure you’ll gain admission somewhere.
Generally, you should have at least three safety schools (where you are in the 75th percentile of GPA/test scores), three reach schools (where you are in the 25th percentile of GPA/test scores) and three target schools (where you are near the average for GPA/test scores) on your list.
OK, so you’ve decided to apply. We took a look at Temple’s admissions requirements to help you get everything in order.
Temple Application Requirements
To apply to Temple, you’ll need to fill out either Temple's Online App or the Common App, pay the $55 application fee, submit an ACT or SAT score, submit your application essay, and submit a list of your extracurricular activities. Everything should be submitted by November 1st for Early Action, and March 2nd for Regular Decision.
Here’s a full list of application requirements:
- Fill out either Temple's Online App or the Common App
- Submit an ACT score or SAT score
- Pay the $55 application fee
- Submit your application essay
- Submit a list of your extracurricular activities
The application deadline is November 1st for Early Action and March 2nd for Regular Decision. March 1st is the financial aid application deadline.
Have you been admitted to Temple? Congratulations! Below is a glimpse of what your classmates will be like.
Temple Admitted Students Profile
If you matriculate at Temple, you’ll be joining a diverse class, with students from all over the U.S. and the world, and have a chance to study in dozens of fields.
Here are some interesting facts about the recently admitted class:
- Roughly 48% are male and 52% are female
- 11% of students are international
Temple has a diverse class, as well, with a large number of people of color. The ethnicities of admitted applicants are:
- International: 7%
- Underrepresented minority: 4.8%
- Two or more races: 3.3%
- White: 59.5%
What do these admitted students plan to study? Temple offers dozens of majors, and students matriculating there pursue a wide number of subjects. Here is a list of some of the top programs:
Now, how are you going to pay for this?
Temple Tuition Figures
At $44,040, Temple’s cost of attendance is astronomical. But, don’t panic! Most incoming students receive some form of financial aid, and the average award is $6,721.
Here’s a fuller look at Temple tuition and financial aid in 2017:
- Total budget: $44,040
- Average financial aid package: $6,721
- The average student debt of a Temple graduate is $37,708
Now, what is life like at Temple? Let’s take a look.
Temple's main campus is located in in the Cecil B. Moore neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The campus itself is comprised of 105 acres with nearly 12,000 students living on or near it in total.
Remember, you’re going to Temple for its excellent academics! Below is a look at what academic life will be like.
Temple has dozens of majors. Some of the school’s more interesting majors are:
- Actuarial Science
- Commercial and Advertising Art
- Elementary Education and Teaching
- Fiber, Textile and Weaving Arts
- German Language and Literature
- Hospitality Administration/Management
- International Relations and Affairs
- Organizational Communication
- Radio and Television
Now, let’s take a look at life outside the classroom at Temple.
Student Life at Temple
Temple has hundreds of student organizations, covering academic interests, creative and performing arts, cultural and racial initiatives, gender and sexuality affinity groups, government and politics interests, and various media and publications.
Here’s a sampling of Temple’s student activities:
- 15 Now of Temple University
- Aperture Agency
- Babel Poetry Collective
- D2D: Dare to Dance
- Freely Magazine
- InMotion Dance Team
- Insomnia Theater
- Ladies of Elegance Step Organization
- Let's Bake!
- Pitch, Please
- Black Diamonds Union
- Chinese Language Exchange Club
- Dynamic Afrique
- Hoot Paranormal
Are you an athlete? Temple’s got plenty of options for you.
Temple offers a large number of intercollegiate sports, with extensive varsity, as well as club, offerings, for both men and women. So, if you’re not up to varsity level, remember there are plenty of club and intramural sports to try out for, too.
Temple’s sports include:
- Track & Field
Who might you become with a Temple degree? Let’s take a look at some well-known and successful alums:
Temple has produced politicians, business tycoons, entertainers, musicians, media figures, and leaders in dozens of other fields.
Here’s a list of some particularly well-known alums:
- Linguist Noam Chomsky
- NBC News president Steve Capus
- DJ/producer Diplo
- TV anchor Tamron Hall
- Jordan Brand president Larry Miller
- Actor Bill Cosby
- Director Adam McKay
- Comedian Tim Heidecker
- Comedian Bob Saget
- Sales trainer Jeffrey Gitomer
- Author David Goodis
- Singer Jill Scott
And this is only a partial list!
Getting into Temple is fairly competitive. Don’t despair if you get a no. If you have a strong GPA and high test scores, you have a great chance of getting into at least one of the more competitive schools. And if you don’t, remember: where you go is NOT who you are. If you work hard, you’ll end up at a school that’s right for you, and still get a great education.
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