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Temple University
Motto Perseverantia Vincit
("Perseverance Conquers")
Established 1884
Type state-related
Endowment $210 million [1]
President Dr. Ann Weaver Hart
Faculty 1,411 part time; 1,709 full time
Students 36,915 (Fall 2009)[2]
Undergraduates 26,618 (Fall 2009)[3]
Postgraduates 9,649 (Fall 2009)[4]
Location Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Campus Urban
Colors Cherry and White          
Nickname Owls
Mascot Hooter the Owl
Website www.temple.edu
Temple text logo.svg

Temple University is a comprehensive public research university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, founded in 1884 by Dr. Russell Conwell.[5] Temple University is among the nation’s largest providers of professional education (law, medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, architecture) and prepares the largest body of professional practitioners in Pennsylvania,[6] offering over 300 academic degree programs at seven campuses and sites in Pennsylvania and its international campuses in Rome, Tokyo, and London.[7]

Temple University is one of Pennsylvania 's three public research universities, along with the University of Pittsburgh and Penn State University. Temple is among the top universities in the nation with comprehensive curricula and nationally recognized research programs. It is the 26th largest university in the United States and has over 400 sponsored programs receiving external support from federal, state and local governments, industry, and private non-profit organizations.



Temple University was founded in 1884 by Dr. Russell Conwell, a Yale-educated, Boston lawyer, orator, and ordained Baptist minister, who had served in the Union Army during the Civil War. Conwell came to Philadelphia in 1882 to lead the Grace Baptist Church and began tutoring students, later dubbed "night owls," in the basement of the church.[8] The school became known as Temple College in 1888, and became a fully accredited university in 1907.[9][5]

Today, Temple is a state-related[10][11] university, meaning it receives public funds and offers reduced tuition for Pennsylvania residents but is under independent control. This differs from the schools in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) and is a status shared only with the University of Pittsburgh and the historically black Lincoln University. Pennsylvania State University is similarly a state-related university, although it is also a land-grant university, putting it in a slightly different category. Usually, tuition at state-related universities is higher than the tuition at the PASSHE schools due to the independence of the institution.

Schools and Colleges

Temple University has over 300 degree programs from 17 schools and colleges and 4 professional schools.[12] Bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs are now offered through the College of Health Professions and Social Work,[13] Ambler School of Environmental Design, the College of Education, the College of Engineering, the College of Liberal Arts, the Boyer College of Music and Department of Dance, the College of Science and Technology, the Tyler School of Art, the Fox School of Business, the School of Communications and Theater, the School of Dentistry, the Graduate School, the Temple University Beasley School of Law, the Temple University School of Medicine, the School of Pharmacy, the School of Podiatric Medicine, the School of Social Administration[14] & Department of Health Studies, and the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management.

Name of College Dean
School of Environmental Design James Hilty, Ph.D.
Tyler School of Art Therese Dolan, Ph.D
Fox School of Business M. Moshe Porat, M.B.A., Ph.D.
The Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry Amid I. Ismail, B.D.S., M.P.H., M.B.A, Dr.P.H
College of Education C. Kent McGuire, Ph.D.
College of Engineering Keya Sadeghipour, Ph.D.
College of Health Professions and Social Work Ronald T. Brown, Ph.D.
Beasley School of Law Joanne Epps, J.D.
College of Liberal Arts Theresa Soufas, Ph.D.
School of Medicine John M. Daly, M.D., FACS, FRCPS
Boyer College of Music and Dance Robert T. Stroker, Ph.D.
School of Pharmacy Peter H. Doukas, Ph.D.
School of Podiatric Medicine John Mattiacci, D.P.M.
College of Science and Technology Hai-Lung Dai, Ph. D.
School of Tourism and Hospitality Management M. Moshe Porat, M.B.A., Ph.D.
School of Communications and Theater Thomas Jacobson, Ph.D (Interim Dean)

The Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry, established in 1863 as the Philadelphia Dental College, is the second-oldest dental school in continuous existence in the United States and for 140 years. It has provided men and women with a strong academic and clinical background for the practice of general dentistry.

The Temple University School of Medicine opened its doors to students on September 16, 1901. As the third coeducational medical college in Pennsylvania, it began as a night and weekend teaching venture to accommodate working people. Classes were held initially in College Hall, next to Russell Herman Conwell's Baptist Temple Church, and clinical instruction was given at the Samaritan Hospital farther north on Broad Street. The original medical school numbered 20 faculty with 35 students enrolled during the first year. It remains fully accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. It currently employs approximately 452 full-time faculty, 73 part-time faculty and 875 staff. Each year it admits approximately 180 medical students and 24 graduate students.



Pennsylvania Campuses

Temple University Bell Tower
  • Main Campus: Sitting just about 1.5 miles north of Center City Philadelphia, the Temple University Main Campus is close to the arts, music, intellectual and culture scene of the country's 6th largest city. The campus is bordered by Susquehanna Avenue to the north, Oxford Street to the south, 16th Street to the west, and 10th Street to the east.
  • Health Sciences Campus: Located in North Philadelphia specifically spanning Broad Street from Allegheny to Venango streets. With two hospitals (pediatrics and teaching), a pharmacy college, a nursing college and a dental college, it has a strong reputation for integrating all areas of health care into one fluent system. The medical and pharmacy schools are nationally renowned. The pharmacy school in particular is unique in its approach to education of the profession by administering courses that focus more on clinical sensibilities to prepare its students for the new roles of the pharmacist as a health care provider in the coming decades.
Entrance to Temple University Ambler Campus
  • Center City Campus: Adjacent to Philadelphia City Hall and Suburban Station, Temple University Center City (TUCC) specializes in evening courses for working adults, and offers bachelor's and master's degrees in liberal arts and business.
  • Ambler Campus: Originally a junior college, Temple University Ambler whos name was changed during the summer of 2009 to the School of Environmental Design, due to the campus' degree focus on Community and Regional Planning, Landscape Architecture, and Horticulture, and its specialization in environmental sustainability, now has 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 the main campus.
  • Harrisburg Campus: Located at Strawberry Square, Temple University Harrisburg offers degrees in education, business, and social administration.
  • Fort Washington Campus: Temple University Fort Washington offers graduate degrees in business, computer engineering, education, pharmacy and liberal arts.

Security and Campus Safety

Temple University implements one of the most comprehensive and effective college security forces in the United States.[citation needed] Officers on campus play a pivotal role in the prevention of crime on campus and in the neighboring North Philadelphia community.[citation needed] The Temple University Police department currently has 124 campus police officers, including supervisors and detectives.[citation needed] Each officer is a Pennsylvania-certified law enforcement officer, who receive state-mandated police recruit training at an accredited state police academy.[citation needed] A total of 285 campus security cameras help the department maintain an optimal view of the university and the surrounding community.[citation needed] Temple has also implemented a state of the art lighting system which utilizes over one thousand, 1000-watt metal halide lights mounted on building rooftops that mimics daylight at ground level.[citation needed] Temple also has a mass notification system, TU Alert. The alert system is intended for use only to alert members of the campus community to a serious campus emergency that requires immediate action.

Since mid-2008, there have been four shootings on or near campus involving members of the surrounding community.[15][16][17][18] Commentaries in The Temple News, suggest some students have been critical of the university's decision not to use its mass notification system, which is designed to send text messages and emails to students, faculty and staff in the event of imminent danger.[19][20][18][21] University officials have stated that the alert system is intended for use only to alert members of the campus community to a serious campus emergency that requires immediate action.[22] A commentary published in a Temple student blog warns that overusing the system could diminish the importance and urgency of alert notifications.[2]

Campuses Abroad

International Campus Programs offered
London, England Advertising; broadcasting, telecommunications and mass media; film and media arts; journalism; theater
Rome, Italy Anthropology; architecture/landscape architecture; art history; classics; digital imaging; drawing; English; history; international business; Italian; painting; political science; printmaking; sculpture; sociology
Tokyo, Japan American studies; anthropology; architecture; art; art history; Asian studies; broadcasting; telecommunications and mass media; economics; film and media arts; history; Japanese; political science; psychology
Oviedo, Spain Art history; cultural studies; history; Spanish language and literature
  • Italy Temple University Rome offers both semester and summer study abroad programs with an option of an internship.
  • Spain Temple University in Oviedo, Spain, which is based at the University of Oviedo offers a spring semester program and an existing summer program.
  • United Kingdom Temple University London in London, UK is offered through the School of Communications and Theater.
  • Temple operates its own summer programs in London, Dublin, and Saint-Louis, Senegal.

Temple University Japan

Temple University Japan (テンプル大学ジャパン?), is a branch campus located in Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan. Temple University Japan is the oldest and largest campus of any foreign university in Japan, with an estimated 1,286 matriculated students, of which approximately one-half are Japanese, and one-half are either from the United States or more than 40 other countries. Of this number, 851 are undergraduates, and 435 are in graduate programs (48 MBA, 154 Law and 233 TESOL). Non-degree enrollment is about 978, and there are approximately 987 enrollments in continuing education programs. [23]

The campus offers nine B.A., M.S.Ed., Ed.D., MBA and LL.M programs, as well as 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.

After extended negotiations involving the U.S. and Japanese governments, Temple University Japan became the first recognized foreign university campus in Japan. 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. The one remaining issue of contention between Temple University and the Japanese government is that the campus is taxed as a for-profit company, even though the main campus is a non-profit, state university. This puts a significant financial burden on Temple University Japan and its students.

Rome Campus

Temple University Rome has been in existence for over 40 years. The campus is located in the Villa Caproni on the Tiber River. While studying in Rome, most students reside in the Medaglie D'Oro, which is in the vicinity of the Vatican.

Former campuses

  • Tyler School of Art: Tyler School of Art campus, located in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, was donated by Stella Elkins Tyler in the 1930s to dedicate as an art school. A controversial move in recent years has led Temple to plan on closing the campus and moving it to the main campus, despite concerns from students, faculty, and alumni. One reason for the continuing concern is the demolition of a large parking lot to build the school, creating less parking area in the already cramped university while simultaneously bringing in more student population. The relocation was complete for the spring semester of 2009.


Many of Temple University's various colleges are nationally ranked. Temple University has the distinction of having the Most Diverse Student Population in Princeton Review's 2008 list of the 371 Best Colleges and still holds the position. It is also regarded as one of the "Best Northeastern Colleges" and holds the position of having the 5th best entrepreneurial undergraduate program in the nation. In 2006, the Princeton Review and Forbes named Temple one of the most connected campuses in the United States in their annual survey. Temple has maintained its "Top 25" listing for four years in a row.[24]


Temple's Fox School of Business is consistently ranked among the top undergraduate and graduate business programs in the nation.[25] Princeton Review named Temple as one of the Top 20 Most Entrepreneurial Campus in U.S.[25] 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.[26] The Fox School of Business' undergraduate program is ranked 94th nationally by BusinessWeek[27] while its MBA program is ranked 53rd worldwide by Financial Times.[28] The Fox School of Business is also ranked as the 55th best graduate program in the nation for business by U.S. News and World Report.[29]

A view of Broad Street and the original Baptist Temple


As of July 2006, the Law School has the second-highest Pennsylvania Bar Examination passage rate of any Pennsylvania law school.[30] The 2010 version of US News & World Reports ranked the Beasley School of Law International Law program 16th best in the nation. Temple Law also kept its overall position as the second-ranked law school in Pennsylvania, and maintained its top-five national rankings in trial advocacy (2nd) and legal writing (4th).[31] The Beasley School of Law is also currently ranked as the 65th best Law program in the nation.[32]


According to U.S. World News and World Report, the Tyler School of Art overall ranking surged to 14th in the nation, leaping seven spots since U.S. News last ranked fine arts graduate programs in 2003. In addition, Tyler’s graduate programs in ceramics (ranked 19th in the nation in the 2009 edition) and photography (18th) entered the national top 20 for the first time in the school’s history, joining Tyler’s longstanding top-ranked graduate programs in painting and drawing (7th), sculpture (8th) and printmaking (17th).[33]


The Mass Media and Communication Doctoral Program at the School of Communications and Theater is rated in the top 10 in the United States by Academic Analytics as published in the Chronicle of Higher Education [34]


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 are primary members of the Atlantic Ten Conference (A-10), with the notable exception of football, which transitioned into the Mid-American Conference from being a I-A Independent. 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.

Men's basketball

Temple University Liacouras Center

The Temple Men's basketball program is currently ranked 6th in All-Time NCAA wins with 1711, (starting the 2009/2010 season). They are in good company, with only Kentucky, North Carolina, Kansas, Duke, and Syracuse having 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. Current NBA players Eddie Jones of the Miami Heat, Aaron McKie of the Los Angeles Lakers, Rick Brunson of the New York Knicks, and Mardy Collins of the New York Knicks continue to enhance Temple's proud basketball heritage.

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 after the 2006 season. Dunphy had coached the Quakers for 17 straight seasons prior to the move. Dunphy and the Owls won the Atlantic-10 tournament in 2008 and won a spot in the NCAA Men's Basketball bracket. In 2009, the Owls won their second consecutive Atlantic-10 tournament, for their conference leading 8th A-10 title. On Sunday, March 14th, the Owls went against the Richmond Spiders and won the A-10 tournament for the 3rd time in a row.

Women's basketball

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 6 NCAA Appearances (2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008). Staley was named the head coach for the University of South Carolina on May 7, 2008. She is succeeded by Tonya Cardoza a former assistant coach from basketball powerhouse, the University of Connecticut. As an assistant coach, Cardoza was instrumental in leading the University of Connecticut to 5 National Championships (1995, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004). Cardoza was introduced as the head coach for the Temple Owls on July 1, 2008.

Student life

Resident students, totaling approximately 10,000,[35] live mainly in the high-rise residential halls and apartment-style residences on the Main Campus in North Philadelphia. However, students also live on the Ambler and Tyler campuses. A few of Temple's oldest residence halls feature single sex floors while most newer residence halls are co-ed, with single gender bathrooms. Additionally, wellness floors have been developed to allow students who select to live there an environment for healthy living. In 2005 the Office of University Housing and Residential Life opened its technology supported "Jack Niven honors classroom" within 1300 North and South Residence Hall to assist students.

The Independence Blue Cross Student Recreation Center 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.

Temple University is currently ranked the most diverse[36] university in the nation by the Princeton Review. More than 240 clubs and organizations provide outlets for all cultures and allow for socializing. Temple has a competitive political debate (where Temple is a member of the National Parliamentary Debate Association), community service, and more. Student-athletes compete in intercollegiate and intramural athletics.

In the Fall 2005, the University opened the Student Center Annex which included a full scale movie theater, underground multi-purpose room, game room, and computer lounge, as well as an improved meeting and office space for student groups and organizations. The movie theater features recent movies at prices affordable to students, along with snacks and beverages.

Student organizations

Temple University boasts over 200 student organizations.[37] One of the school's largest student organizations is The Temple News, Temple's community newspaper, which features nearly 200 student writers, photographers, editors and business employees, coordinated by a staff of 20. The university yearbook Templar has won the national American Collegiate press award for the past three years beginning in 2006.

Student government

Barack Obama addressing Temple University students

Temple Student Government, known on campus as TSG, is the representative voice of the student body, and holds regular meetings with administrators to voice student concerns. The leadership of TSG is currently Student Body President Kylie Patterson and Student Body Vice Presidents Anthony Leyro and Jon DeSantis,[38] who together ran on a slate entitled TUAction! TSG has a fully staffed office within the Howard Gittis Student Center and holds bi-weekly Student Senate meetings.

Greek life

Temple University recognizes 24 Greek Letter Organizations as part of the Temple University Greek Association.[39] As of 2006, Temple's Greek Life community made up less than 2% of the student population but has more than doubled in population in the last year and has seen an addition of ten newly recognized organizations in the past year. The Inter Fraternal Council (IFC) at Temple University has noticed the rise in Greek participation and has decided to introduce two new fraternities and sororities to campus for the next five semesters. The current president of the Temple University Greek Association is Alex Shelow, a brother of Alpha Epsilon Pi.

On May 3, 2006, Temple University Greek Association sponsored 3 awards at the First Annual Temple University Diamond Awards,[40] These awards, voted upon annually by members of Temple Administration, currently include; Greek Man Of The Year, Greek Woman Of The Year, & Greek Chapter Of The Year.

Temple University Greek Association[41]
Inter-Fraternity Council
National Panhellenic Conference
National Pan-Hellenic Council
Multicultural Greek Council
Alpha Chi Rho
Alpha Epsilon Phi
Alpha Kappa Alpha
Chi Upsilon Sigma
Alpha Epsilon Pi
Delta Phi Epsilon
Alpha Phi Alpha
Beta Pi Phi
Alpha Kappa Lambda
Delta Zeta
Delta Sigma Theta
Delta Chi Psi
Alpha Tau Omega
Phi Sigma Sigma
Kappa Alpha Psi
Delta Kappa Delta
Kappa Delta Rho
Omega Psi Phi
Gamma Phi Sigma
Kappa Sigma
Phi Beta Sigma
Iota Nu Delta
Phi Kappa Theta
Zeta Phi Beta
Kappa Phi Gamma
Tau Kappa Epsilon
Lambda Theta Alpha
Sigma Alpha Mu
Lambda Theta Phi
Sigma Beta Rho
Psi Sigma Phi

Residential halls

Current first year students and sophomores have the opportunity to live in several housing units: Johnson & Hardwick Residence Halls, Gertrude Peabody Residence Hall, James S. White Residence Hall, 1940 Residence Hall, 1300 Residence Hall, Temple Towers Residence Hall, Elmira Jefferies Residence Hall, and The Edge at Avenue North. Students who lived on the Tyler School of Art Campus would reside at Beech Residence Hall until the Tyler School of Art moved to Main Campus in Fall 2008. Students on the Ambler Campus live in the East Residence Hall.

The Louis J. Esposito Dining Center is located on the ground level of Johnson and Hardwick Halls located near the north end of main campus and is commonly referred to as J&H. Students not wishing to make the trip to this end of campus may visit the Howard Gittis Student Center's Valaida S. Walker Dining Court.

Graduate students may obtain housing in Triangle Apartments on Main Campus. While Triangle Apartments is the oldest structure of the main campus residential halls, Gertrude Peabody Residence Hall is the oldest traditionally designed residential hall. In 2006, the building celebrated its 50th anniversary. The structure was originally designed as a woman's residence hall with the campus cafeteria in the basement. The Gertrude Peabody Residence Hall building structure has since undergone many renovations to better serve students including a study lounge, game room, fitness center, computer lab, kitchen, and new windows and air conditioning. Many alumni fondly recall their experiences in Peabody Hall, known affectionately as "Peabody Pride". Gertrude Peabody Residence Hall is also known to have been built on land that once occupied one of Temple University founder, Russell Conwell's original homes.

Extensive renovations have been made to existing university owned properties to keep up with student expectations. In Fall of 2006, bathrooms in both Johnson and Hardwick Residential Halls received complete upgrades. In Fall of 2007, Johnson Residential Hall student rooms were renovated, followed by Hardwick Residential Hall in Fall 2008. In Summer 2008, renovations were completed on the Johnson and Hardwick "Esposito" cafeteria as well as on the basement lounge of the Johnson and Hardwick building. The summer of 2009 saw the construction of the long awaited complete refurbishment of Temple Towers Residential Hall including student apartments, common area spaces and the enclosure of balconies to add more space to the student units. Pending budget funding, Gertrude Peabody Residential Hall is to receive upgrades to their common bathrooms in the near future.

To accommodate the growing demand for housing on campus in recent years, the university has made arrangements for auxiliary housing within Presidential City Apartments, Elmira Jefferies, The Edge at Avenue North, Franklin House, American Campus Communities' University Village, and Kardon-Atlantic Terminal Building. Arrangements with Presidential City and Kardon-Atlantic Terminal Building ceased beginning in Fall 2004. Franklin House ceased beginning in Fall 2006.

Surrounding the Temple campus are an array of students living within independently run, local realty housing. After freshman and sophomore years, Temple students are not guaranteed housing. Apartment complexes on Temple's campus include: The Edge at Avenue North, Kardon/Atlantic Terminal Building, University Village, Sydenham Commons, and Oxford Village. Many students who do not live in these buildings live in off-campus apartments or row homes. These are located in the North Philadelphia area close by campus.

Students may obtain information on listed property managers through the Office of Off-Campus Living within the Housing and Residential Life Office which is located at 1910 Liacouras Walk.

Temple developments


In January 2006, the university opened the TECH Center. The TECH Center is 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. 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 [3]. 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 & web casting system for classroom meetings. In 2006, PC Magazine named Temple as the 15th Most Wired College in America, quoting CEO Tim O' Rourke about TUCAPTURE, attendance, and note taking.[42] 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.[43]


One of Hart’s first directives as president of Temple University was to establish a Sustainability Task Force, composed of students, faculty and staff, to study best-practices in large, urban universities and recommend actions the university could take to create a sustainable campus culture.[44] As an outgrowth of the task forces’ recommendations, the Office of Sustainability was established on July 1, 2008,[45] as a central resource focusing on four key areas: operations, academics, research, and outreach & engagement.[46]

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;[47] offered 46 undergraduate courses, 22 graduate courses and 12 General Education courses focusing on the environment and sustainability;[48] set in place programs to administer grants and offer incentives for any research related to the environment or sustainability;[49] and offered programs to help create a green culture, both at Temple and beyond. [50][51][52][53]

Temple 20/20

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. Although the full plan has not been unveiled, highlights were recently reported by Philadelphia media.[54] 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 sure renovation, is the transformation of the Baptist Temple into a 36,000 square-foot “theater-in-the-round-style” concert hall, which will be home to Temple’s orchestra and choir.[55]

Under the plan, the 105-acre 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.[54] According to Temple University president, Ann Weaver Hart, 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.[54]

Traditions and Monuments

The Temple "T"

Temple's "T" logo

The traditional symbol of the Temple University is the Temple "T". 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.[56] The symbol was adopted in 1983.[57]

The Owl

The owl is the symbol and mascot for Temple University and has been since its founding in 1888. Temple was the first school in the United States to adopt the owl as its symbol. The owl, a nocturnal hunter, was initially adopted as a symbol for Temple University because began as a night school for ambitious young people of limited means. Russell Conwell, Temple's founder, encouraged these students with the remark: "The owl of the night makes the eagle of the day."

Temple Fight Song

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!"


There are 260,000 living Temple alumni in all 50 states and 145 countries.[58]

Bill Cosby

Notable alumni include:


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"[59]

The seemingly harmless 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.[60]

External links


  1. ^ 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments NACUBO Endowment Study
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  3. ^ http://www.temple.edu/ir/factbook/2009%20Fall%20Student%20Profile%20-%20Final.pdf
  4. ^ http://www.temple.edu/ir/factbook/2009%20Fall%20Student%20Profile%20-%20Final.pdf
  5. ^ a b Wikipedia: Russell Conwell
  6. ^ "Temple Mission". http://www.temple.edu/about/mission.htm. Retrieved 2008-10-09. 
  7. ^ "About Temple". http://www.temple.edu/about/index.htm. Retrieved 2008-10-09. 
  8. ^ "Baptist Temple History". http://baptistattemple.com/history.php. Retrieved 2008-10-09. 
  9. ^ "Russell Conwell". http://www.temple.edu/about/RussellConwell.htm. Retrieved 2008-10-09. 
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  14. ^ http://www.temple.edu/ssa/Bachelor-of-Social-Work.asp
  15. ^ http://temple-news.com/2008/06/17/18-year-old-male-shot-near-liacouras-center/
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  17. ^ http://temple-news.com/2008/11/11/soccer-player-shot-off-campus/
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  22. ^ "Test of the TU Alert System," email memorandum from Temple University Campus Safety Services to faculty, staff and students, February 5, 2009
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  24. ^ http://www.forbes.com/connected
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  28. ^ Business school rankings and MBA rankings from the Financial Times
  29. ^ Rankings - Best Business Schools - Graduate Schools - Education - US News and World Report
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  32. ^ Rankings - Best Law Schools - Graduate Schools - Education - US News and World Report
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  37. ^ About Student Organizations
  38. ^ TSG : Temple Student Government
  39. ^ - Temple University Greek Association
  40. ^ - Temple University Diamond Awards
  41. ^ "Chapters". Temple University. http://www.temple.edu/studentaffairs/studentactivities/greek/welcome-chapters.asp?open=4. Retrieved June 16, 2009. 
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  43. ^ http://www.campustechnology.com/article.aspx?aid=45216
  44. ^ Office of the President
  45. ^ Temple establishes Office of Sustainability
  46. ^ Temple University, Office of Sustainability
  47. ^ Key to conservation
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  52. ^ VIDEO: Temple recycling gets national attention | Video | 6abc.com
  53. ^ Recycle Mania 101 | Philly | 02/15/2009
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  56. ^ Temple ‘T’ turns 25
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