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Temple University
Temple University Seal.png
Seal of Temple University
MottoPerseverantia Vincit (Latin)
Motto in EnglishPerseverance Conquers
Land grant
Endowment$277.5 million (2012) [1]
PresidentNeil Theobald, PhD
ProvostHai-Lung Dai, PhD
Academic staff1,501 part time;
1,935 full time[2]
LocationPennsylvania Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania Ambler,
Pennsylvania Fort Washington,
Pennsylvania Harrisburg,
Japan Tokyo,
Italy Rome,
United Kingdom London,
Singapore Singapore
CampusUrban (Main campus)
115 acres (46.5 ha)
NewspaperThe Temple News
ColorsCherry and White          
AthleticsNCAA Division IFBS & The American
MascotHooter the Owl, Stella (Live Mascot)
Temple text logo.svg
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Temple University
Temple University Seal.png
Seal of Temple University
MottoPerseverantia Vincit (Latin)
Motto in EnglishPerseverance Conquers
Land grant
Endowment$277.5 million (2012) [1]
PresidentNeil Theobald, PhD
ProvostHai-Lung Dai, PhD
Academic staff1,501 part time;
1,935 full time[2]
LocationPennsylvania Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania Ambler,
Pennsylvania Fort Washington,
Pennsylvania Harrisburg,
Japan Tokyo,
Italy Rome,
United Kingdom London,
Singapore Singapore
CampusUrban (Main campus)
115 acres (46.5 ha)
NewspaperThe Temple News
ColorsCherry and White          
AthleticsNCAA Division IFBS & The American
MascotHooter the Owl, Stella (Live Mascot)
Temple text logo.svg

Temple University (commonly referred to as Temple) is a comprehensive public research university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. The University was founded in 1884 by Dr. Russell Conwell. Currently, more than 38,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students are enrolled in over 300 academic degree programs offered at seven campuses and sites in Pennsylvania, and international campuses in Rome, Tokyo, Singapore and London.[3] Temple is among its nation's largest providers of professional education (law, medicine, podiatry, pharmacy, dentistry, and architecture), preparing the largest body of professional practitioners in Pennsylvania.[2][4]


Philadelphia Skyline, looking south from Temple University's Morgan Hall on Broad Street

Temple University offers more than 300 degree programs at 17 schools and colleges and 4 professional schools, including in art, business, communications, education, engineering, liberal arts, music, science, and the health professions.

In U.S. News & World Report's 2014 rankings, Temple is 60th among U.S. public institutions and 121st among national universities.[5][6]


Tyler School of Art is one of the leading art institutions that hosts comprehensive arts and design programs including but not limited to painting and drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, glass, photography, fiber and materials, and graphic design programs. Tyler's graduate programs are highly selective, maintain their reputation for providing one of the finest programs in the nation. As of 2012, Tyler’s overall ranking is 13th in the nation, rising one spot since U.S. News & World Report last ranked fine arts graduate programs in 2008. Tyler’s individual graduate programs, as of 2012, ranked highly in their respective fields: painting and drawing (10th), sculpture (9th), printmaking (10th), ceramics (13th), and photography (20th).


Temple's Fox School of Business, founded in 1918, is one of the largest business schools in the country. Its undergraduate program is ranked 56th in the country by U.S. News & World Report, with its programs in International Business and Risk Management and Insurance ranking among the top 10 in the nation[7][8][9] The Society of Actuaries named Temple one of 21 Centers of Actuarial Excellence in North America for its Actuarial Science program.[10] Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine ranked Temple's undergraduate entrepreneurship program eighth in the country in 2012 and its graduate program 13th.[11][12] Fortune magazine named Temple as one of the top 25 universities for entrepreneurs in their America's Best Colleges for Entrepreneurs: 25 top programs for undergrads ranking.[13] The Fox School of Business' Executive MBA program is ranked in the top 20 U.S. programs by Financial Times. Other MBA offerings include the Full-time MBA (ranked top 45 among U.S. programs by The Economist), Part-time MBA (top 50 among U.S. programs by U.S. News & World Report) and an Online MBA, which is ranked in the top 10 for student services and technology by U.S. News & World Report and is one of 14 honor roll recipients among graduate business programs.[14][15] Temple is ranked as having the 35th-best entrepreneurial undergraduate program in the nation according to Princeton Review.[11] The Fox School of Business is also ranked as the 52nd best graduate program in the nation for business by U.S. News and World Report with Information Systems Program being 22nd and Part-time MBA Program being 47th in the U.S.[16] The Fox School offers 13 undergraduate majors, 10 professional masters programs, two PhD programs, and the school has a variety of international partnerships.[17]

Media and communication[edit]

The School of Media and Communication is one of the largest and most comprehensive schools of media and communication in the country. The school has about 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students, nearly 20,000 alumni, and more than 60 full-time faculty members.

SMC offers undergraduate degrees in Advertising, Communication Studies, Journalism, Media Studies and Production, and Strategic Communication, along with master's degrees: Master of Journalism, Master of Arts in Media Studies and Production, and Master of Science in Communication Management. The Media and Communication Doctoral Program at Temple's School of Media and Communication is rated in the top 10 in the United States by Academic Analytics.[18]

Criminal justice[edit]

Temple University's Department of Criminal Justice, in the College of Liberal Arts, hosts one of the top graduate programs in Criminal Justice and Criminology. U.S. News & World Report ranked the graduate department 11th in the U.S. in 2010.[19] The department is also nationally and internationally known for its research, and has received more than $5 million in external funding for research. The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked it number 6 in the 2007 Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index.[20]


The College of Engineering (CoE) at Temple University includes four departments: Civil & Environmental Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Bioengineering.[21] CoE offers seven undergraduate programs (B.S.) and six graduate programs (M.S., Ph.D.). The 2012 U.S. News & World Report ranks CoE 126th best amongst engineering graduate schools.[22] The Biomedical/Bioengineering programs is ranked 64th, the Electrical/Electronic/Communications ranking is 112, and the Mechanical program is ranked 109. The undergraduate engineering programs overall rank 109th in the nation (at schools whose highest degree is a doctorate) according to the 2013 U.S. News Best Colleges Rankings.[23]


Temple's Beasley School of Law had one of the highest pass rates in Pennsylvania for first-time exam takers on the February 2010 administration of the state's bar exam. Its pass rate was 88.24%, which is 14% higher than the state-wide pass rate of 74.23%.[24] The 2014 version of U.S. News & World Report ranked the Beasley School of Law International Law program 14th best in the nation. Temple Law also maintained its top-five national ranking in trial advocacy (2nd). The Beasley School of Law is also currently ranked as the 56th best Law program in the nation.[25]


The Temple University School of Medicine (TUSM), located on the Health Science Campus of Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, is one of 7 schools of medicine in Pennsylvania conferring the doctor of medicine (M.D.) degree. It also confers the Ph.D. (doctor of philosophy) and M.S. (masters of science) degrees in biomedical sciences.

The 2012 U.S. News & World Report medical school research ranking places Temple University School of Medicine 47th out of 126 allopathic and 23 osteopathic medical schools in the U.S.;[26] also placing Temple University School of Medicine third out of the 9 PA-based medical schools (University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine ranks second, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine ranks 15th, Jefferson Medical College ranks 57th, and Drexel University College of Medicine ranks 86th. Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, and The Commonwealth Medical College remain unranked). The 2012 ranking also places Temple University School of Medicine at 86th in primary care. TUSM is reported to be one of the top 10 most applied to medical schools in the United States.[27]

Name of CollegeDean
Temple University School of Environmental DesignTheresa Soufas, Ph.D.
Tyler School of ArtRobert T. Stroker, Ph.D. (Interim Dean)
Fox School of Business at Temple UniversityM. Moshe Porat, M.B.A., Ph.D.
The Maurice H. Kornberg School of DentistryAmid I. Ismail, B.D.S., M.B.A, Dr.P.H
Temple University College of EducationJames Earl Davis, Ph.D. (Interim Dean)
Temple University College of EngineeringKeya Sadeghipour, Ph.D.
College of Health Professions and Social WorkCatherine Coyle, PhD. (Interim Dean)
Temple University Beasley School of LawJoanne Epps, J.D.
Temple University College of Liberal ArtsTheresa Soufas, Ph.D.
Temple University School of MedicineLarry R. Kaiser, M.D., FACS
Boyer College of Music and DanceRobert T. Stroker, Ph.D.
Temple University School of PharmacyPeter H. Doukas, Ph.D.
Temple University School of Podiatric MedicineJohn Mattiacci, D.P.M.
Temple University College of Science and TechnologyHai-Lung Dai, Ph. D.
Temple University School of Tourism and Hospitality ManagementM. Moshe Porat, M.B.A., Ph.D.
Temple University School of Media and CommunicationDavid Boardman, M.C.


Temple University was founded in 1884 by Russell Conwell, a Yale-educated Boston lawyer, orator, and ordained Baptist Minister, who had served in the Union Army during the American Civil War. Conwell came to Pennsylvania in 1882 to lead the Grace Baptist Church while he began tutoring working class citizens late at night to accommodate their work schedules. These students, later dubbed "night owls," were taught in the basement of Conwell's Baptist Temple, hence where the university receives its name. The Grace Baptist Church quickly grew popular within the North Philadelphia area. A temporary board of trustees was created to handle the rapidly growing formalities associated with the church's programs. When the board conducted its first meeting they named Russell H. Conwell president of "The Temple College." Within the coming months, Grace Baptist Church appointed a new board of trustees, printed official admissions files, and issued stock to raise funds for new teaching facilities. Regardless of whether they had the resources to support the school, Conwell’s desire was “to give education to those who were unable to get it through the usual channels”.[28]

Philadelphia granted a charter in 1888 to establish “The Temple College of Philadelphia”, but the city refused to grant authority to award academic degrees. By 1888, the enrollment of the college was nearly 600. It was in 1907 that Temple College revised its institutional status and incorporated as a university. Legal recognition as a university enhanced Temple in noticeable ways including its reputation, professional and graduate programs, overall enrollment, and financial support.[28]

Over time, Temple expanded: Samaritan Hospital was founded, a Medical School was added, and Temple merged with the Philadelphia Dental College.[28] After the merger, Temple officially reincorporated as Temple University on December 12, 1907.

Today, Temple is a Pennsylvania state-related university, meaning the university receives state funds, subject to state appropriations, but is independently operated.[29]


Temple University has seven campuses and sites across Pennsylvania, plus international campuses in London, Rome, Spain, and Tokyo.

Pennsylvania campuses[edit]

Barack Obama speaking at Temple's Main Campus

Main campus[edit]

The main campus is in North Philadelphia, about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) north of Philadelphia's central business district. It occupies 105 acres (420,000 m2); an estimated 12,000 students live on or near it.[30] Events for students and the public include concerts, performances, clubs, exhibits and lectures.[31]

Other campuses[edit]

The Health Sciences Campus (HSC) is in North Philadelphia, spanning Broad Street from Allegheny to Venango streets. The campus is home to a teaching hospital; school of medicine; school of pharmacy; school of dentistry; and college of health professions and social work.[32]

Temple University Center City (TUCC) is across the street from Philadelphia City Hall. TUCC offers undergraduate and graduate courses and degree programs, as well as certificate and training programs, with classes offered primarily during the evenings and on weekends.

Temple University Ambler (TUA), originally a junior college, hosts 325 faculty and 4,600 students, offering bachelor's and master's degree programs on a 187-acre (757,000 m²) arboretum, located 13 miles (21 km) from Temple's main campus. During the summer of 2009, the campus changed its name to the School of Environmental Design, due to its focus on Community and Regional Planning, Landscape Architecture, and Horticulture, and its specialization in environmental sustainability.

The Temple University Fort Washington (TUFW) campus opened in August 1997 in the Fort Washington Office Park as a graduate and professional education center and satellite location of Temple University Ambler. The campus offers graduate degrees in business, computer engineering, education, pharmacy and liberal arts. TUFW was designed to serve adult professional graduate students and the educational needs of businesses in the area.

Temple University Harrisburg, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, offers a variety of graduate degree programs, certificate programs, and professional development opportunities. The school has specialties in social work, public health, education, community and regional planning, and play therapy. The campus offers an evening and weekend course schedule designed in particular for working adults.[33]

Former campuses[edit]

The Tyler School of Art campus, in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, was donated by Stella Elkins Tyler in the 1930s to dedicate as an art school. That campus was closed and the school moved to the main campus in spring 2009.

International campuses[edit]

Temple University Japan[edit]

Temple University Japan is a branch campus in Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan. Temple University Japan is the oldest and largest campus of any foreign university in Japan,[34] with about 1,000 students in degree programs. Forty percent of the undergraduate students are Japanese, 40% are from United States and 20% are from more than 50 other countries (as of Fall 2012). Non-degree enrollment is about 830 including Academic English and Continuing Education programs.[35]

The campus offers ten undergraduate majors as well as M.S.Ed., Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics, EMBA and LL.M programs. It also offers semester and year-long study abroad programs for U.S. undergraduates and law students (the latter is the first American Bar Association-accredited study abroad program in Asia). In addition, Temple University Japan has non-degree English-language, continuing adult education, and corporate education programs.[34]

After extended negotiations involving the U.S. and Japanese governments, Temple University Japan became the first recognized foreign university campus in Japan.[34] As a result, its credits and degrees are recognized as being equivalent to those of Japanese universities and can sponsor visas for international students. Students are also given Japanese student identification cards and can obtain student discounts on train passes, mobile phone contracts, and other items.

Temple University Rome[edit]

The Temple Rome campus is in Rome, in the Temple's Villa Caproni, just north of Piazza del Popolo. The Villa Caproni offers living accommodations, shops and restaurants, and facilities for students. Its facilities include a 15,000-volume library – one of the largest English-language libraries in Rome, a computer center, academic classrooms, extensive art and architecture studios, an art gallery and student lounges. While studying in Rome, most students can also reside in the Medaglie D'Oro, which is in the vicinity of the Vatican.

Programs abroad[edit]

Student life[edit]

Currently, approximately 14,000 students live on or around Temple's Main campus, and the University has recently established many initiatives and new facilities to encourage students, faculty, and staff to locate in close proximity.[36]

There are many opportunities to take advantage of recreational facilities on and around main campus. The Student Center Annex includes a full scale movie theater, underground multi-purpose room, game room, and computer lounge, as well as improved meeting and office space for student groups and organizations. Students have many choices in workout facilities. The Independence Blue Cross Student Recreation Center, known as the IBC by students, provides 59,000 square feet (5,500 m²) of fitness facilities. The Recreation Center is just one component of the Liacouras Center, the home court of the successful Temple basketball and various entertainment venues. In addition, the Student Pavilion, a multi-purpose, 4-court field house provides students with additional recreational space for volleyball, basketball, badminton, floor hockey, indoor soccer, tennis, golf, and much more. Additional workout centers are Pearson/McGonigle, TU Fitness, and the Geasey Field Complex.

Student organizations[edit]

Temple University has more than 350 student organizations [37] that enhance student life across campus. Student organizations appeal to a variety of interests from academic, professional, political and advocacy, service, religious, cultural and international, to arts, entertainment, recreation and leisure, and media and publication.

Student government[edit]

Temple Student Government, known on campus as TSG, is the representative voice of the student body and holds regular meetings with administrators to address student concerns. The current leadership of TSG is Student Body President David Lopez and Student Body Vice Presidents Ofo Ezeugwu and Julian Hamer,[38] who together ran on a ticket entitled Temple Advocating Progress (TAP). TSG has a fully staffed office within the Howard Gittis Student Center and holds weekly General Assembly meetings open to all students.


Temple University Graduate Students' Association[edit]

Formed in 1997 following growing concerns of working conditions for graduate students, The Temple University Graduate Students' Association (TUGSA) is the first and only recognized graduate student employee union in the state of Pennsylvania. In affiliation with the American Federation of Teachers and the AFL-CIO, TUGSA works to inspire real change in employment, personal, and university living.[39]

Main Campus Program Board[edit]

One of the more prominent organizations is Main Campus Program Board (MCPB). This organization is open to all students interested in planning and executing premier events such as concerts, lectures, and student trips. MCPB is a key contributor to University traditions such as Welcome Week and Homecoming events.[40]

Student media[edit]

Residential halls and facilities[edit]

The Mitchell and Hilarie Morgan Hall (corner of North Broad Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue in Philadelphia) under construction in 2013.

Freshman and Sophomore students have the opportunity to live in several on-campus housing units: Morgan Hall, Johnson and Hardwick Residence Halls, Peabody Residence Hall, James S. White Residence Hall, 1940 Residence Hall, 1300 Residence Hall, and Temple Towers Residence Hall.[44]

Extensive renovations have been made to the existing Temple University residence halls to keep up with modern expectations. Since 2006, both Johnson and Hardwick Residential Halls received complete renovations of their bathrooms and also received complete room restorations. The Temple Towers Apartment Complex saw the long awaited refurbishment of their student apartments with an addition of individual common areas and balconies to add more space to the student units. The final Johnson and Hardwick restorations were completed in 2010 with the final renovation of a lobby with new entry points, security stations, office space, and lounge space. Pending commonwealth budget funding, the Peabody Residential Hall is to receive upgrades to their common bathrooms in the near future.

Morgan Hall[edit]

Temple University opened its newest mixed use residential, retail, and dining facility, “the Mitchell and Hilarie Morgan Residence Hall and Dining Complex” in July, 2013. Located on the corner of Broad Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue, steps from the Broad Street Subway Line, the site contains three buildings surrounding a large terrace, and is designed to house nearly 1300 students. The tallest of the buildings is the 27 floor Morgan Hall North, which is situated on the North end of the site. It contains 24 floors of residential space for returning students (Sophomore, Junior, and Senior), a top floor event space, and retail space on the ground level (not yet occupied). Connected to Morgan Hall North is the Food Court building, which runs along Broad Street and provides students with 10 new dining options. Morgan Hall South is 10 stories and houses Freshman in suite style dorms (two bedrooms that share a common living area and private bathrooms). Both Morgan North and South are notable in that unlike other suite-style residence halls, the rooms also include small kitchenettes with a cooktop, full fridge, and microwave. Both residence halls feature floor to ceiling windows covering the entire side of the building to provide views of the campus, center city, and allow for extensive natural light to enter into all interior spaces of the building.[45] The cost of the project was $216-million.[46]

Johnson and Hardwick Halls[edit]

The Johnson and Hardwick Residence Halls are 11-floor high rise facilities that are used as the traditional residence halls on the Main Campus. The buildings house around 1,000 Temple students every year. The Louis J. Esposito Dining Center is located on the ground level of the Johnson and Hardwick Halls near the north end of Main Campus. The cafeteria is commonly referred to as J&H after the residence halls. The Esposito Dining Center is just one of three major cafeterias on campus.[47]

Peabody Hall[edit]

The Peabody Residence Hall is another traditionally styled dormitory on the Main Campus. In 2006, the building celebrated its 50th anniversary. Peabody Hall was originally designed as a women's residence hall with a campus cafeteria in the basement. The residence hall building structure has since undergone many renovations to better serve modern students including a study/ conference room lounge, game room, fitness center, computer lab, kitchen, new windows, and air conditioning. The Gertrude Peabody Residence Hall is also known to have been built on land that once occupied one of Russell Conwell's, Temple University's founder, original homes.[48]

James S. White Hall[edit]

White Hall is a four-story complex that opened in the fall of 1993 and houses 558 newly admitted first-year students in two-person and four-person suites with private baths. It also includes two open-air courtyards, areas for TV viewing, exercising, and studying. White Hall is also home to four Living Learning Communities: Russell Conwell Center, Healthy Lifestyles, Deciding Student Wing, and Fox School of Business.[49]

1940 Residence Hall[edit]

Opened in the fall of 1999, 472 first and second year students call 1940 residence hall home. Residents live in two-person and four-person suites with private baths. Residents of “1940” enjoy game-rooms, a TV lounge, a multipurpose room for programming, and many study and social areas. In addition, 1940 hosts three living learning communities (LLCs) Residential Organization for Community Service (ROCS), Leadership and Sustainability.[50]

1300 Residence Hall[edit]

Opened in the fall of 2001, “1300” North and South accommodates up to 1044 newly admitted, returning, and transfer Main Campus students in suites located on the first three floors and in apartments located on the top two floors of the complex."1300" is also home to the Honors Living Learning Community. Residents of “1300” enjoy a late night snack facility, TV lounge, a game room, and many study and social areas.[51]

Temple Towers[edit]

This six-story complex houses approximately 658 second year and transfer students and consists of two towers, East and West. This residence hall features two, three, four, six, and eight person bedroom apartments, all with private bathrooms and fully equipped kitchens. Bedroom furniture, desks and chairs, and living room furniture are provided. Residents at Temple Towers have the option of choosing to be on the meal plan. Temple Towers is also home to the Global Living Learning Communities Program.[52]

Elmira Jeffries Apartment Complex[edit]

Elmira Jeffries is a four-story facility located at the corner of Jefferson and 15th Streets. This facility offers apartment-style accommodations for 140 Main Campus upper-class and transfer students. Each unit is furnished with dining room table and chairs, bedroom furniture, including beds, chests of drawers, desks and desk chairs, as well as living room furniture.[53]

Graduate housing[edit]

The Triangle Apartment Complex is located on the 1900 block of North Broad Street and the 1400 block of West Norris Street on the Main Campus. It is a unique facility composed of converted brownstones, with some units featuring loft bedrooms and spiral staircases. Each building houses approximately five units. No pets are permitted in this complex.[54]

Podiatry Housing is a seven-story apartment building located at 8th and Cherry Street in Center City Philadelphia. This complex is walking distance from a number of the city's finest shops and historical attractions.[54]

Triangle Apartment Complex[edit]

The Temple University graduate and family housing unit is the Triangle Apartment Complex, located on the main campus.[55][56][57] The complex consists of converted brownstones. Each building has five units. Residents are zoned to the School District of Philadelphia.[55] The complex is zoned to Tanner Duckrey School (K-8) and Simon Gratz High School.[58][59] In 2010 the university proposed banning children from living in the Triangle complex. The university later rescinded the plan.[56]

Auxiliary housing[edit]

To accommodate the growing demand for on campus housing in recent years, the university has made arrangements for auxiliary housing for students that include Presidential City Apartments, Elmira Jefferies, Sydenham Commons, Oxford Village, The Edge at Avenue North, American Campus Communities' University Village, and Kardon-Atlantic Apartments. These apartment building complexes are strictly leased to Temple students only.

The Temple Main Campus is surrounded by an array of students living within independently run, local realty housing. After freshman and sophomore years, Temple students are not guaranteed housing. Many students who do not live in these buildings live in the immediate Philadelphia area.

Temple developments[edit]


In January 2006, the university opened the TECH Center, a 75,000 sq ft (7,000 m2) state-of-the-art technology facility with resources that cater to current learning styles. Designed with a variety of work spaces to enable students to work collaboratively or individually, the Tech Center is the largest of its kind in the nation[citation needed]. Temple also utilizes computer and distance learning equipped classrooms that are available throughout the various campuses. 85% of Temple's campus has wireless access. In 2004, the Princeton Review named Temple the fourth-most "connected campus" in the United States in the annual "Top 25 Most Connected Campuses" survey.[citation needed] Temple has maintained its "Top 25" listing for three years in a row. Many professors at Temple use "Blackboard"—an online learning and scheduling system that electronically posts important class information such as homework, class cancellations, and announcements. Faculty and students can receive technology assistance at Temple's Instructional Support Center. In 2003, Fox School of Business began TUCAPTURE, an automated recording and web casting system for classroom meetings. In 2006, PC Magazine named Temple as the 15th Most Wired College in America, quoting Timothy C. O'Rourke, Vice President, Computer and Financial Services & CIO, about TUCAPTURE, attendance, and note taking.[60] In 2008, TUCAPTURE featured 40 classroom and mobile devices internationally and offers more than 900,000 minutes of classroom audio, visuals, video, and handwriting, delivered automatically via email, podcast, webcast, RSS, and Blackboard.[61]


The Office of Sustainability was established on July 1, 2008,[62] as a central resource focusing on four key areas: operations, academics, research, and outreach and engagement.[63]

The Ambler campus’ ‘Ambler College’, which is home to the Community and Regional Planning, Landscape Architecture, and Horticulture Departments, has changed their name in 2009 to the School of Environmental Design, due to the campus’ focus on environmental sustainability. The campus is also home to the Center for Sustainable Communities, a Sustainability based research center.

Thus far, the university has: enacted policies that include purchasing from green vendors and conserving water and energy across campus;[64] offered 46 undergraduate courses, 22 graduate courses and 12 General Education courses focusing on the environment and sustainability;[65] set in place programs to administer grants and offer incentives for any research related to the environment or sustainability;[66] and offered programs to help create a green culture, both at Temple and beyond.[67][68][69][70]

Temple 20/20[edit]

Temple 20/20, a new framework to guide development at Temple’s main campus, will make Broad Street the center point of the university and include a new library for students and the community; a large new green space; a new science building and a high rise residence hall. Highlights and progress have been reported by Philadelphia media.[71] The plan looks to expand Temple's structure of modernization exponentially, as well as improve the North Philadelphia community.

In accordance with the 20/20 plan, Temple wants to improve its most valuable piece of property, Broad Street. Improvements to Broad Street will likely include a new library, a signature building and more shopping and dining areas. Parking features will be expanded vertically with multi-level parking garages, instead of taking up valuable property space. Another renovation, completed in 2010, was the transformation of the Baptist Temple into a 36,000-square-foot (3,300 m2) performance and event center.[72]

Under the plan, the 105-acre (0.42 km2) campus will remain the same size, with buildings growing vertically or going in place of current buildings. To make the campus more open to the surrounding community, iron fencing will be removed from the boundaries.[71] The plan is designed to open up the campus; bring students out onto Broad Street and contribute to the development of North Philadelphia and the city itself.[71]

Specific 20/20 projects include:

Architecture Building

Opened January 2012

Size: 50,000 GSF

Description/features: The design incorporates an innovative glass curtain wall exterior “skin” that allows daylight to flood interior studios and classrooms while also providing dynamic views of the surrounding urban environment. The open plan of the structure enables collaboration within the design studios, supporting the experiential learning environment that is unique to design programs.[73]

Mitchell and Hilarie Morgan Hall

Opened September 2013

Size: 1,275 beds on 660,000 GSF, 26-story tower and seven-story mid-rise.

Description/features: Mixed-use residence life facility consisting of student residences (four person suites, each with full kitchen, shared living area and two bathrooms), laundry facilities, shared lobby areas, all-glass, two-story lounges with views of Center City; dining facilities; meeting rooms and event spaces; a major open landscape area; restaurant; coffee shop.[74]

Pearson-McGonigle Addition and Renovations

Time Frame: Summer 2012

Size: 365,000 GSF

Description/features: This project entailed a major addition to and renovation of two existing athletic facilities to create one expanded facility. There are new and renovated training and support spaces for recreation services and NCAA Olympic Sports; Division One practice and training facilities for men’s and women’s basketball; five full basketball courts for students; rock climbing; juice bar; and new academic and advising space.[75]

Science and Education Research Center

Time Frame: Start spring 2012 and complete spring 2014.

Size: 250,000-275,000 GSF

Description/features: This new seven-story facility will support specialized research and instruction in technology-enhanced lecture halls, flexible classrooms, and research labs that are designed to enable collaboration and hands-on exploration in science and technology. New types of highly flexible wet and dry lab space for physics, materials science, chem-bio, computational science, and computer information sciences will enable new kinds of research to be conducted, and will provide research opportunities for undergraduates.

The distinctive building exterior will be made of limestone panels and an energy-efficient glass curtain wall which utilizes daylight harvesting and exterior horizontal sunshades to reduce energy costs. The project will attain LEED Silver certification, and possibly LEED Gold certification due to the innovative design of the facility and the site.[76]


The Temple Owl

Temple University's sports teams are the Owls: a name born from Temple's early days when it was a night school. The sports teams all participate in the NCAA's Division I and the American Athletic Conference (The American). The Owls moved after spending the previous 31 years in the Atlantic Ten Conference (A-10). The field hockey and lacrosse teams will be affiliate members of the Big East Conference beginning in 2013-14. The Owls are also part of the Philadelphia Big 5, the Philadelphia-area basketball rivalry. Temple University was among the first institutions in the United States to sponsor extracurricular athletic activities for its students when both the football and basketball programs were inaugurated in 1894 under the direction of Coach Charles M. Williams.[77]

Men's basketball[edit]

Temple University Liacouras Center

The Temple Men's basketball program is ranked 6th in All-Time NCAA wins with 1790, starting the 2012-13 season. Only Kentucky, North Carolina, Kansas, Duke, and Syracuse have a higher total.

Temple is recognized as having won the first-ever National Collegiate basketball championship in 1938, under Coach James Usilton. That Owls team, which finished with a 23–2 record, won the inaugural National Invitation Tournament by routing Colorado 60-36 in the championship final. Because the NCAA Tournament was not held until the following year, Temple's NIT championship earned the Owls the first national college basketball title. During the 1950s, the Temple basketball team made two NCAA Final Four appearances (1956, 1958) under legendary Head Coach Harry Litwack. Litwack would be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame after concluding a 21-year coaching career that included 373 wins.

Head Coach John Chaney, who is also a Hall of Fame coach, won a total of 724 career games and took Temple to the NCAA tournament 17 times. His 1987–88 Owls team entered the NCAA tournament ranked #1 in the country, and he has reached the Elite Eight on five different occasions. He was consensus national coach of the year in 1988.

On April 10, 2006, University of Pennsylvania head coach and La Salle University alumnus Fran Dunphy was named the new Temple's Men's Head Basketball coach after Chaney's retirement in conclusion of the 2006 season. Dunphy had coached the Quakers for 17 straight seasons prior to the move. Dunphy and the Owls won three straight Atlantic-10 tournaments in 2008, 2009 and 2010, with the third marking a conference-leading ninth A-10 title. In the 2011-12 season, the Owls won the A-10 regular season title.

Heading into the 2013-14 season, the program owns a 116-year won-loss record of 1,814–992. The Owls' history also includes 48 postseason tournament appearances (31 NCAAs, 17 NITs), two Final Four appearances (1956 and 1958) under Harry "The Chief" Litwack, five regional finals in the last 22 years under John Chaney (1988, 1991, 1993, 1999 and 2001), NIT championships in 1938 and 1969, and two Naismith Basketball Association Hall of Fame Coaches in Litwack and Chaney. Temple is one of eight schools that have competed in the last six NCAA Tournaments.[78]


Temple's football program dates back to 1894 and currently plays Division I FBS football in the American Athletic Conference.[79]

On December 17, 2012, Matt Rhule [pronounced rule] was named Temple's 26th head football coach. He had most recently served as the assistant offensive line coach with the New York Giants. Rhule was an assistant coach for the Owls for six seasons, ending in 2010-11 when the program went 9–4 and played in the fourth bowl game in school history, the Gildan New Mexico Bowl, where the Owls defeated Wyoming, 37–15 – Temple's first postseason victory since the 1979 Garden State Bowl.[80]

Women's basketball[edit]

The women's basketball team was guided by head coach and three-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Dawn Staley from 1999 to 2008. Under Staley's leadership, Temple earned six NCAA Appearances (2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008).

Staley was named the head coach for the University of South Carolina on May 7, 2008. She was succeeded by Tonya Cardoza, a former assistant coach from the University of Connecticut. As an assistant coach at UConn, Cardoza helped lead the team to five National Championships (1995, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004). Cardoza was introduced as the head coach for the Temple Owls on July 1, 2008.

Entering the 2011-12 season, Temple had played in the previous nine NCAA tournaments. The Owls' streak ended in 2012 when they played instead in the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT). They advanced to the WNIT Third Round. Heading into the 2013-14 season, Cardoza's overall record at Temple is 107–56.[81]


Temple's baseball team is coached by Ryan Wheeler, entering his second season in 2013-14. The team has played in the NCAA Tournament a total of 14 times, and advanced to the NCAA College World Series in 1972 and 1977. The Owls were three-time A-10 Champions (1983, 1984, 2001) since joining the league in 1983.[82]

Men's crew[edit]

Temple's men's crew team is coached by Dr. Gavin R. White, entering his 35th season in 2013-14. Under White's guidance, the Owls have earned international distinction with seven invitations to Great Britain's premiere regatta, the renowned Royal Henley Regatta (1983–86, 1989, 1990, 1994). In Temple's seven appearances, White has led the Owls to the Grand Finale once (1984) and into the quarterfinals four times (1985, 1990, 1993, 1994).[83]

Men's and women's cross country and track & field[edit]

Temple's men's and women's cross country and track & field teams are coached by Eric Mobley, entering his fifth season in 2013-14. He coached the women's outdoor track & field team to its first-ever Atlantic 10 Championship in 2010. Also in 2010, Temple's Tim Boeni (long jump) became the first Owl to qualify for the NCAA Championships in 15 years. In 2012, Travis Mahoney became the first-ever Temple cross country runner to score points at the NCAA Championships, placing fifth and earning his second All-American honor in the sport (2nd team in 2011, 1st team in 2012). Earlier in 2012, Mahoney was Temple's first-ever First Team All-American for track & field when he placed fifth in the 3000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA Championships.[84]

Men's golf[edit]

Temple's men's golf team is coached by Brian Quinn, entering his seventh season in 2013-14. The program has made 14 NCAA Tournament appearances, most recently in 1988, and won the Atlantic 10 Championship six times (1982, 1984, 1985, 1992, 1993, 1995).[85]

Men's gymnastics[edit]

Temple's men's gymnastics team is coached by Fred Turoff, entering his 38th season in 2013-14 with an impressive career record of 432-184. The program won the NCAA Championships in 1948-49, and has also earned won seven Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships including back-to-back titles in 2012 and 2013. Fifteen members of the team have won individual NCAA titles.[86]

Men's soccer[edit]

Temple's men's soccer team is coached by David MacWilliams, entering his 14th season in 2013-14. MacWilliams guided the Owls to three straight A-10 Tournament appearances in 2010, 2011 and 2012. All-time, the program has made six NCAA Tournament appearances (1966, 1967, 1973, 1976, 1978, 1985) and won first-round games in three of those appearances (1966, 1976, 1978). The Owls won the Soccer Bowl in 1951 and went undefeated in 1953 to win a National Championship.[87]

Men's and women's tennis[edit]

Temple's men's and women's tennis teams are coached by Steve Mauro, entering his ninth season as men's coach and sixth season as women's coach in 2013-14. The women's program won four Atlantic 10 Championships (1994, 1995, 2003, 2008) and the men's program won the Atlantic 10 Championship in 1985.[88]


Temple's fencing team is coached by Nikki Franke, entering her 42nd season in 2013-14 with an impressive 671-188-1 career record. Franke has led the Owls to 40 postseason appearances during her tenure. Temple's Foil team won the NCAA National Championship in the 1991-92 season and claimed a total of 12 top-six finishes from 1983 through 1994.[89]

Field hockey[edit]

Temple's field hockey team is coached by Amanda Janney, entering her ninth season in 2013-14. The program advanced to the Atlantic 10 Tournament for 10 straight seasons from 2003 to 2012. The Owls have made three NCAA Tournament appearances (1990, 1991, 1992) and won the A-10 Championship in 1991.[90]


Temple's softball team is coached by Joe DiPietro, entering his sixth season in 2013-14. DiPietro coached the Owls to a school-record 32 wins and school-record 90 Home Runs in the 2013 season. The program made one appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 2004 after winning the Atlantic 10 Championship.[91]

Women's gymnastics[edit]

Temple's women's gymnastics team is coached by Aaron Murphy, entering his eighth season in 2013-14. In both 2009 and 2012, Murphy was recognized as the ECAC Division I Coach of the Year. Since 2009, the Owls have placed third in the ECAC three times (2009, 2010, 2012), and fourth two times (2011, 2013).[92]

Women's lacrosse[edit]

Temple's women's lacrosse team is coached by Bonnie Rosen, entering her eighth season in 2013-14. Rosen is a 2010 US Lacrosse Hall of Fame inductee. The program won the NCAA National Championship in both 1984 and 1988, and has made 17 all-time appearances in the NCAA Tournament. The Owls won five A-10 Championships during their 15 years in the league, most recently in 2008.[93]

Women's rowing[edit]

Temple's women's rowing team is coached by Rebecca Smith Grzybowski, entering her second season as head coach in 2013-14. The program's women's varsity 8 earned gold medals at the 1994 and 1996 Dad Vail Regattas, and the varsity 8 earned a silver medal at the 2006 Atlantic 10 Championships.[94]

Women's soccer[edit]

Temple's women's soccer team played its first season in 1981. The Owls advanced to the Atlantic 10 Tournament three times (1993, 1994 and 1995).[95]

Women's volleyball[edit]

Temple's volleyball team is coached by Bakeer Games, entering his third season in 2013-14. Ganes. The program has made four NCAA Tournament appearances (1987, 1988, 1989, 2002), and advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in 2002. The Owls were also A-10 Champions in each of those four seasons.[96]

Traditions and monuments[edit]

The Temple "T"[edit]

Temple's "T" logo

The traditional symbol of the Temple University is the Temple "T". This modern symbol of the university was created through the work of Temple faculty and students. Early in his administration, President Peter J. Liacouras initiated a contest to choose a new symbol to represent the University. The winner was this particular version of a representational "T", which was created by Kristine Herrick at the Temple University Tyler School of Art.[97] The symbol was adopted in 1983.[98]

The Owl[edit]

Temple adopted the owl as its symbol and mascot in 1888, the first U.S. school to do so. TH choice of a nocturnal hunter symbolized Temple's early mission: to be a night school for ambitious young people of limited means. Russell Conwell encouraged these students, saying, "The owl of the night makes the eagle of the day."

Fight song[edit]

Notable among a number of songs commonly played and sung at various Temple University events, such as commencement, convocation, and athletic events, is the Temple University Fight Song.

"T for Temple U, U-niversity. Fight, Fight Fight! for the Cherry and the White, for the Cherry and the White—Fight, Fight Fight!"
Alumni Circle Owl

The Bell Tower[edit]

The Bell Tower Plaza, also referred to as "the beach", is located in the center of the Main Campus between Paley Library and Beury Hall. The plaza is a popular student hangout and is the site of the Temple Bell Tower. The Bell Tower serves as a central meeting place for students and is often the location for official events such as Spring Fling, protests, promotions, speeches, political campaigning, and charity drives by student organizations. In warm weather, many students crowd onto the surrounding grass area, being the largest "green space" on the urban campus. A live web cam stream of the plaza is available online.

Alumni Circle[edit]

The Alumni Circle is located near the Founder's Garden on Liacouras Walk. The monument's structure is uniquely designed to reflect sound, most notably by reverberating a spoken voice. It was donated by a class and is a common stop for tours of campus and a popular site visited by alumni.

Johnny Ring Garden[edit]

Located off the faculty staff dining 'Diamond Club', this is a green area on campus commonly used for wedding photos and celebrates the history of Russell Conwell and Johnny Ring.

Founder's Garden[edit]

The garden is located behind the Alumni Circle, off of Liacouras Walk. It is the burial place of Russell Conwell, founder and 38-year president of Temple. A former Yale student, Civil War captain, Boston lawyer, and Philadelphia minister, Conwell used the income from his famous “Acres of Diamonds” speech to fund Temple[28] as a place where working-class Philadelphians might receive higher education. It has been estimated that Conwell, who died at 82, was responsible for over 100,000 men and women pursuing higher education.[citation needed] A bust of Conwell marks his grave.

Alumni and faculty[edit]

Comedian Bob Saget (class of 1978)

As of 2012, there were 260,000 living Temple alumni in all 50 states and 145 countries.[99]

Campus safety[edit]

The Temple University Police department is the largest university police force in the United States, with 130 campus police officers, including supervisors and detectives.[100][101][102] All are Pennsylvania-certified law enforcement officers; each receives state-mandated police recruit training at an accredited state police academy.[103]

The police keep watch on campus with the help of more than 600 security cameras[101] and more than a thousand 1000-watt metal halide lamps mounted on campus roofs to mimic daylight.[104]

Temple has a mass notification system, TU Alert.[105]

Fraternity and sorority life[edit]

Temple has hosted fraternities and sororities for more than 100 years. As of 2013, 35 organizations are part of the Temple University Greek Association, while the Greek population had more than doubled in recent years to more than 1,200 undergraduates.[106]

The organizations annually contribute thousands of dollars to local and national philanthropy projects and more than 15,000 hours of service to the greater Philadelphia area.[citation needed] All organizations participate in the annual Greek Week competition, Greek Showcase, and several other community-wide events.

Temple University Greek Association
Inter-Fraternity Council
Panhellenic Association
National Pan-Hellenic Council
Multicultural Greek Council
Phi Kappa Theta
Alpha Epsilon Phi
Alpha Kappa Alpha
Chi Upsilon Sigma
Alpha Epsilon Pi
Delta Zeta
Alpha Phi Alpha
Beta Pi Phi
Alpha Kappa Lambda
Delta Phi Epsilon
Delta Sigma Theta
Delta Chi Psi
Alpha Tau Omega
Phi Sigma Sigma
Kappa Alpha Psi
Delta Kappa Delta
Kappa Delta Rho
Zeta Phi Beta
Lambda Theta Alpha
Alpha Chi Rho
Omega Psi Phi
Psi Sigma Phi
Tau Kappa Epsilon
Phi Beta Sigma
Sigma Beta Rho
Kappa Sigma
Alpha Sigma Rho
Pi Lambda Phi
Iota Nu Delta
Sigma Alpha Mu
Kappa Phi Gamma
Delta Phi Omega
ΔΦΩ ***
Sigma Lambda Upsilon
ΣΛΥ[107] ***
Lambda Tau Omega
ΛTΩ ***


On April 2, 1965, Lester B. Pearson, Prime Minister of Canada and recipient of the Nobel peace prize was awarded the Temple University World Peace Prize. During his acceptance speech Pearson criticised American bombing of Vietnam:

There are many factors which I am not in a position to weigh. But there does appear to be at least a possibility that a suspension of such air strikes against North Vietnam, at the right time, might provide the Hanoi [communists] authorities with an opportunity, if they wish to take it, to inject some flexibility into their policy without appearing to do so as the direct result of military pressure.[108]

The speech infuriated former President Lyndon B. Johnson who, the next day at Camp David, took Pearson out onto the terrace and began "laying into [Pearson] in no uncertain fashion". Pearson later apologized for the speech.[109]


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