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Temple University

Philadelphia, PA 4-Year Public

About Temple University

Temple University is a public, state school located in the urban setting of Philadelphia, PA, less than an hour from Philadelphia.

Founded in 1884, the institution currently enrolls around 37,289 students a year, including 27,306 undergrads. The institution runs on a semester academic calendar.

Temple University's endowment was valued at $680,097,000 in 2021. The school spends $15,417 for each full-time student enrolled.

Admissions Facts About Temple University

Acceptance rate: 71%

Average GPA: 3.48

Mean ACT score: 27

Mean SAT score: 1189

Early Decision or Early Action: No/Yes

2022 Regular Decision Deadline: February 1

2022 Regular Decision Notification Date:

What's the acceptance rate at Temple University in 2021?

Admission to Temple University is moderately difficult. Around 71 percent of all applicants to Temple University are accepted each year.

The average high school GPA for a student at Temple University is 3.48 out of 4.0. Admitted students have a mean score of 1189 on the SAT. The mean ACT scores is 27.

In 2021, 2,350 applicants were waitlisted and 436 students were ultimating offered a spot off the waitlist.

Is Temple University a good school?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience.

Retention and graduation rates

About 87 percent of students who start at Temple University come back for their second year of college. Out of the 4,472 students who started at Temple University as first-time freshman, 2,469 graduate within four years.

Around 75 percent of students who started at Temple University earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61 percent for public schools, and 67 percent for private, non-profit schools.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Within six months of graduating, 65 percent of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

The average starting salary for recent grads is $52,758 a year. The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2021 was around $39,913 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Temple University sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So the real question to ask yourself: is Temple University a good school for YOU?

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College Info

1801 North Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19122-6096

Campus Setting: Urban

Temple University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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Transfer Applications are Due

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Temple University ACT Scores


ACT Range

24 - 30

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

30 and Above


24 to 30


24 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Temple University is 27. Students with an ACT score of 30 and above have a good chance of getting into Temple University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 24 and 30 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 24 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Temple University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1140 - 1310


Math SAT Range

550 - 660


Reading SAT Range

570 - 660

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1310 and Above


1140 to 1310


1140 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Temple University students is 1225. Applicants with SAT scores of 1310 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Temple University, while applicants with SAT scores between 1140 to 1310 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1140 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Temple University.

Temple University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Temple University is like? There are approximately 38,822 students enrolled at Temple University, including 28,726 undergraduate students and 10,096 graduate students. 91% percent of students attend school full-time, 79% percent are from PA and 21% percent of students are from other states.


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