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Temple University

Philadelphia, PA 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate80%

Temple University Admissions

Temple University is moderately difficult to get into. The acceptance rate at Temple University is 80%. Last year, 38,666 students applied to Temple University and 30,817 were admitted.

If you are thinking about applying to Temple University, the regular decision application deadline is February 1 and the application fee costs $55.

Temple University Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of Temple University's admissions stats.

Temple University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.4
Mean SAT Score 1241
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 27%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 4%
Waitlist Yes

Temple University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Temple University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action Yes November 1 January 10
Regular Decision Yes 2 1

Considering Applying Early to Temple University?

Temple University does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 1. Temple University will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 10.

Temple University accepts around 93% of early action applicants and 80% all applicants for all deadlines. Last year, Temple University admitted 14,859 of the 15,987 who applied early action.

Some students apply early because they hope it will increase their chances of acceptance. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of acceptance, since it is a way to show that you are very interested in a school.

➡️ See a list of some competetive colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Temple University Admissions

Transferring to Temple University

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Temple University

In 2022, Temple University waitlisted 3,813 students and 777 accepted a place on the waitlist. Of those, 633 eventually got off the waitlist.

What Does Temple University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis on the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Temple University

Curious about the factors that are considered by Temple University during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Application Essay Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with Temple University for more information on admission factors.

Temple University Application Requirements

To apply to Temple University, all applicants must submit the following items. Make sure to check in with Temple University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 3
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript(S) of College Record
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Temple University?

Students admitted to Temple University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.4.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Temple University has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 27% of Temple University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 4% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Temple University?

To be competitive with other Temple University applicants, you should strive to earn between 1130 and 1360 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Temple University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1360 and 25% of scored lower than 1130, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Temple University student is 1241.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Temple University students scored 680 or higher and 75% of students scored 570 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Temple University students scored 690 or higher, and 75% scored a 570 or higher.

To be most competitive at Temple University, you should strive to earn between 24 and 31 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 31 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Temple University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 31, and three out of four students scored lower than 31 on the ACT.

A 24 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Temple University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 24.

More Information on Transferring to Temple University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Temple University.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is June 1.

Transfer students can enroll in Temple University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Temple University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Temple University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Temple University.

Does Temple University accept transfer credits?

✅ Temple University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Temple University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does Temple University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Temple University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Temple University?

❌ No, Temple University is test optional, so you can make the call if you want to to include your standardized test scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you should strongly consider submitting them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Temple University's acceptance rate?

✅ Temple University's acceptance rate is 80%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Temple University?

❌ Temple University does not offer early decision.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Temple University?

✅ The early action acceptance rate at Temple University was 93% in 2021.

Want To Learn More About Temple University?

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Temple University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Temple University? Temple University is a somewhat selective institution. The Temple University acceptance rate is 80%. This means that the institution accepts 79 out of every 100 applicants.


Temple University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Feb 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Jun 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Temple University is Feb 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Temple University is Jun 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Temple University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1130 - 1360


Math SAT Range

550 - 680


Reading SAT Range

570 - 690

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1360 and Above


1130 to 1360


1130 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Temple University students is 1241. Applicants with SAT scores of 1360 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Temple University, while applicants with SAT scores between 1130 to 1360 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1130 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Temple University.

Temple University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Temple University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.42. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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