When you enroll at Temple University Harrisburg, you'll become a part of the network of inquisitive, innovative and creative Owls, 300,000 strong. Read more below for information about:

What We Look For:

Temple University Harrisburg encourages students from all educational background and walks of life to apply. We take a holistic approach when evaluating students for admissions. 

Your High School Performance:

We're looking for students who are serious about academics, with at least a B average in high school classes, and in the 3.0 range in college-prep courses. We also look for a well-rounded academic background, with this course distribution: 

Suggested High School Course Distribution
Subject   Units  
English   4  
Mathematics, College Preparatory   4  
Foreign Language (same language/culture)   2  
History/Social Studies   3  
Science (2 years lab)   3  
The Arts   1  
Other College Preparatory Courses   3  


You need a minimum of 16 units in academic subjects from the above chart. Students 18 years of age and older can submit a high school equivalency diploma earned through the General Education Development Test and a high school transcript for all grades completed. 

Temple also awards college credits fro students who participated in the Advanced Placement program while in high school. View the Temple University course equivalencies.

Your Standardized Test Scores:

Your test scores give us another indication of your academic performance. We accept both the SAT and the ACT. We suggest you take either test in the spring of your junior year in high school, as well as in the fall of your senior year. Results should be forwarded directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at Temple University. Official test scores must be sent directly from the testing agencies. 

The Temple Option:

The Temple Option is an admissions path for talented students whose potential for academic success is not accurately captured by standardized test scores. Students who choose the Temple Option will submit self-reflective, short-answer responses to a few specially designed, open-ended questions instead of their SAT or ACT scores. This is a personal and individual decision that you should weigh carefully prior to beginning your Temple application. Once you choose the Temple Option, test scores will no longer be considered. Contact our Admissions Representative to see if the Temple Option is the right path for you. 

Your Application Essay:

It's key to your application. It tells us something about you beyond your grades and standardized test scores. It's also an opportunity to stand out from other applicants and should be a minimum of 250 words. 

Extracurricular Activities:

Tell us about what you do outside the classroom. Your outside interests help paint the full picture of who you are and can factor into the application review process. 

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Visit Temple University Harrisburg

To know what we're really about, you have to experience Temple University Harrisburg firsthand. We offer open houses, tours, and one-on-one meetings for students and their families. 

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Learn more about how you can apply for undergraduate admission to Temple University Harrisburg as a first-year applicant, check your application status, or submit a renewal application.

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Invest In Your Future

At Temple University Harrisburg, you'll get the most affordable tuition available at Temple University while still enjoying the benefits of a world-class education. 

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Contact Temple University Harrisburg Admissions

Laura Dimino
Assistant Director for Academic Programs
866-769-1860 (toll free)