Moving Forward at Temple!

The Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies understands that the process of transferring to a new university can be challenging, and we are here to assist you during your transition. This newsletter includes information about the different offices within Temple that provide a wealth of resources that can be beneficial as you prepare for registration.


Final Transcripts are necessary for an accurate DARS*

Do not delay in sending your final transcript. Courses that were in progress when you applied cannot be evaluated until an official transcript shows the courses have been completed. Having your records complete and up-to-date is important to ensure you have an accurate picture of remaining requirements and helps you select appropriate courses to meet your degree goals. If you completed a GenEd to GenEd or Core-to-GenEd eligible associate degree you must send a transcript showing the degree has been awarded for your GenEd-to-GenEd status to be applied.


Understanding your Transfer Credits

If you have any questions about how courses transferred to Temple or whether or not certain courses can fulfill specific Temple requirements, contact your academic advising office first. If after reviewing the
GenEd requirements, you would like a course you have completed to be evaluated to potentially fulfill a GenEd area, provide your advisor with the course syllabus or a detailed course description and your advisor will initiate a further evaluation.


Ask a Transfer Expert

If you have questions or if there is information that you are looking for and have not been able to find, click here to Ask a Transfer Expert. You will be prompted to log into your TUmail account to complete and submit the “Ask a Transfer Expert” form.


Connecting with Academic Advising

Visit your academic advising office often to best utilize school/college advising resources. Advisors are available to meet with students year-round.


*DARS—Tracking Your Academic Progress

The Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS) is an automated record of your registration, transfer credits and academic history at Temple University. DARS enables you to keep track of your academic progress towards your degree. DARS’ new features include: pie charts and bar graphs; color coded “completed” and “unfulfilled” requirements; planned courses; and printer friendly features. You and your advisor can use this interactive report that runs in seconds, to conveniently help plan your future goals for each semester's coursework. DARS reports are current as of the moment an audit is processed.


DARS can be accessed through TUportal  by clicking on the Student Tools tab, and then, in the Records channel, click Degree Audit.


Additional resources and contact information for the DARS staff is available on the DARS webpage at



Academic Policies and Procedures — In Brief
Below, you will find a summary of some of the important policies.  More detailed information and a complete description of academic policies and procedures can be found by visiting the Academic Policies website. 
  • Academic Residency Requirements

Temple University requires that all undergraduate degree candidates complete 30 hours of the last 45 hours of the degree or program as matriculated students at Temple University. If a matriculated student previously took Temple courses on a non-matriculated basis, those courses are counted towards this requirement.

To be eligible for Latin Honors, a student must complete a minimum of 60 semester hours of the program matriculated at Temple.

Students should consult their school or college for additional academic residency requirements.


  • Graduation
As students approach the end of their undergraduate cars, they must make sure that they are eligible for and can participate in graduation ceremonies. In their junior year, or when 80 semester hours have been completed, students should begin an ongoing graduation check with their academic advisors in order to determine that they are meeting the University, college, departmental, and program requirements for their degree and for graduation.

For application deadlines, go to


Transfer Credit Evaluation


Please review your Transfer Evaluation and inform your advisor if there is a course or courses that need to be evaluated for transfer credit or re-evaluated to fulfill a specific university, college, or major requirement. Depending on the request, your advisor will assist you with the appropriate petition to initiate the evaluation or re-evaluation.


As stated in the Online Orientation for Transfer Students, if you were taking classes at the time you applied to Temple University, Temple’s Undergraduate Admissions Office may not have received your final transcript in time to include the course work on the initial evaluation. Please provide an official copy of your final transcript to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, so the courses can be evaluated and added to your Temple record.


In addition, courses evaluated as elective credits on your Transfer evaluation may fulfill Temple University requirements. In fact, upon review, it may be determined that the course(s) have a direct Temple equivalent.

Again, please see your advisor and provide a course description and preferably a course syllabus, so the course can be re-evaluated.


Please resolve any transfer credit evaluation issues as soon as possible, so your DARS (see p. 1) document can reflect the correct equivalencies.


Withdrawal from Classes

During the first two weeks of the fall or spring semester or summer sessions, students may drop a course with no record of the class appearing on the transcript.  In weeks three through nine (Tuesday in week nine) of the fall or spring semester, or during weeks three and four of summer sessions, the student may withdraw from a course. The course will be recorded on the transcript with the instructor’s notation of “W,” indicating that the student withdrew. After week nine of the fall or spring semester, or week four of summer sessions, students may not withdraw from courses.


Before withdrawing from a class it is recommended that you speak with your instructor to ensure you have a good understanding of where you stand in the course. It is also recommended that you discuss your plan to withdraw with and academic advisor and financial aid.


For details regarding Academic Policies and Procedures, go to




Pre-Professional Health Studies



The Pre-Professional Health Studies Advising Center provides advising support for students interested in pursuing careers in the following health care related areas:

       Dentistry                           Optometry                         Physical Therapy

 Medicine                              Pharmacy                                Podiatry

   Occupational Therapy        Physician’s Assistant             Veterinary Medicine

Considering a career in one of the health professions noted? Are you aware a Pre-Health Evaluation Committee interview is now required before letters of recommendation can be sent on your behalf? Make an appointment to learn more and for advising support.


Pre-Professional Health  Studies Advising Center
1810 Liacouras Walk, Suite 100
Tel: 215-204-2513




The Temple Undergraduate Research Forum and Creative Works Symposium (TURF-CreWS) is held in the spring semester each year.  This day long forum offers Temple undergraduates the opportunity to present their research or creative arts projects to the Temple community.  For information on how to submit your work, please visit the VPUS website.



Diamond Programs — Peer Teachers and Research Scholars


The Diamond Programs—Peer Teachers and Research Scholars—provide Temple students opportunities to explore teaching and research interests under the direction of a faculty mentor.  These experiential learning opportunities allow students to explore their academic interests in depth, and provide excellent preparation for graduate school.



Peer Teachers
The Diamond Peer Teachers Program provides upper-level undergraduates at Temple the opportunity to experience the challenges and rewards of college-level teaching, to work with faculty mentors to develop their pedagogical skills, and to provide supplemental instruction in lower-level courses. Typically, Peer Teachers work in a first- or second-year class in their major, GenEd, or in a closely related field. Peer Teachers must have a cumulative GPA 3.25 with 60 credit hours by end of the semester, and have earned at least an A- in the course (or its equivalent) for which they are applying to be a Peer Teacher. Diamond Peer Teachers receive a stipend of $2,250 for the semester’s work (approximately 15 weeks), including a $300 stipend for the 2-day pre-semester Teaching Institute, and tuition remission for one (1) credit hour internship.
Research Scholars

The Diamond Research Scholars Program provides Temple undergraduates the opportunity to engage in a focused, mentored research or creative arts project during the summer and fall.

Typically, Research Scholars devote 10 weeks during the summer to a research or creative project under the direction of their faculty mentor. Undergraduates from all schools and colleges are eligible to apply to be a Diamond Scholar.

Diamond Research Scholars receive a stipend of $2750 and may receive tuition remission for one credit in Fall for independent study (for credits that exceed 17). Research Scholars Students are expected to present their project at TURF/CreWS. Support to present their work at regional or national conferences is available through CARAS.



Creative Arts, Research and Scholarship Program 

The Creative Arts, Research And Scholarship (CARAS) Program provides funding to encourage and support undergraduate and professional students engaged in scholarly, creative, and research projects that contribute to advancing their field of study. Two types of grants are available: Research/Creative Project Grants and Travel Grants. Research/Creative Project Grants provide undergraduate and professional students up to $3,000 in support of scholarly, research or creative arts projects undertaken with the supervision of a faculty mentor. Successful applications will provide a clearly focused project addressing a significant issue, concern, or aspect in the student’s field of study, include a detailed budget proposal, and be endorsed by a faculty mentor and the dean of the student’s school or college. Travel Grants provide funding of up to $1,000 for undergraduate travel to present research or creative work at conferences or to conduct on-site research. Program and application information and forms are available online at


Student Health Services

At Student Health Services (SHS), we take your health and well being personally. Maintaining good health is important to the successful completion of your college career. If you do not feel well, it is hard to concentrate on your studies or to participate in extra-curricular activities. SHS offers the same type of medical services you would receive from your own primary care doctor. The clinical staff in SHS - nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians and a dietitian can help when you are not feeling your best.

When you do not feel well, time can make a difference, so do not wait until you feel worse. See us at the onset of an illness so that we can evaluate you and start you on a course of treatment early. You will be back in good health sooner, which means you'll be able to getback to your studies and other activities more quickly. Some of the services we offer include basic medical care, immunization/allergy injections, women’s health services, and a self-care center. Other services offered at Main Campus include Nutritional consultation and HIV testing. Please visit our website for more information.


Contact Information:

AMBLER - (267) 468-8490


MAIN CAMPUS - (215) 204-7500


Academic Service Centers

 On Main Campus—


Tel: 215-204-0701

Tuttleman Learning Center, Room 201

The University Writing Center provides writing support to students across the University.  These services include tutoring, a resource library, workshops, and seminars.  Tutoring services are offered online and in-person.  Students wishing to be seen in-person can schedule an appointment in advance or drop-in the center during buisness hours.  The Writing Center's extensive resource library and information about upcoming workshops are accessible online through their website.  All services listed are free of charge to Temple students. 


Tel: 215-204-8466
1810 Liacouras Walk, Rms 201 & 208

The Math and Science Resource Center (MSRC) is an academic support center serving Temple students enrolled in various lower division math, science, statistics, and other quantitative courses.  The MSRC is a student centerred learning facility whose goal is to help all students -- from those who may be experiencing difficulty to those who strive for academic excellence.  Tutoring services are FREE and offered on a drop-in basis.

On Ambler Campus—



Tel: 267-468-8200

Learning Center 201



University Honors Programs

Do you love scholarly research and hope to write an undergraduate thesis? Or do you hope to produce a major creative work before you graduate? Consider the Temple University Honors Program! For information, go to You are also invited to stop by to talk about Honors. Our offices are in 204 Tuttleman Learning Center. We welcome transfers! The Temple University Honors Program offers qualified students the opportunity to engage in intellectually stimulating and challenging course work throughout their undergraduate career.Transfer students with a cumulative GPA of 3.6 or higher are eligible to join one of the Honors Programs, depending on the number of credit hours they have earned.

Transfer students with fewer than 60 hours can apply to the Honors Certificate Program, and those with 60 hours or more can apply to the Honors Scholars Program.

The Honors Certificate program provides students with challenging versions of core courses and lower and upper level electives. The Honors Certificate Program requires a minimum of 8 courses.

The Honors Scholars Program provides students the opportunity to do Honors work in their major.  Honors Scholars must complete an Honors Thesis and can choose from upper –level honors courses in their major, interdisciplinary honors courses, graduate courses, or honors independent study.  Scholars must complete a minimum of 6 upper division Honors courses, including the research or project design course and honors thesis.


Scholars can complete the program through the Fox School of Business, in one of the departmental Honors programs—History, Political Science, and Psychology currently offer programs—or in the University Scholars Program.  All programs require Honors Scholars to complete the junior level research or creative project design course and a thesis involving an advisor, an examining committee, and a public presentation of the work.


University Libraries
The Temple University Libraries form an extensive network of services and resources to support the educational and research needs of the University's students and faculty.

The combined collections include more than 3 million volumes and 27,000 current serial subscriptions, and almost 400 research databases, as well as extensive collections of microforms, maps, photographs, and audiovisual 9.5materials.

To assist students with their research the Library provides
LibGuides. Each guide is created by a librarian and provides an excellent starting point for your research project. LibGuides are created for both subject disciplines and specific courses. Expert assistance in using the library resources is provided by reference staff. Librarians also provide user education classes tailored to individual courses. Individual questions are answered in person, as well as by phone, e-mail, online chat, and IM.
Contact Information:

Main Campus:        215.204.0744

Ambler Campus:    267.468.8640


Contact a Library Subject Specialist:


International Programs & Study Abroad

Study abroad will enable you to…
· See the world
· Live in a culture different from your own
· Become proficient in another language
· Gain a different perspective on your academic studies
· Give yourself a competitive edge when entering the job market or applying to graduate or professional school.

When you study abroad, you open yourself up to a world of new perspectives and opportunities.  You are much more than a tourist- you take classes, shop in local markets, speak a new language, taste new foods, and visit culturally significant sites
you learned about in class. In short, by immersing yourself in a different culture, you experience daily life in a way you could have never imagined before. Your perspective on the world and your own culture is transformed. Studying abroad may well be the most memorable and rewarding experience of your college career.

Studying abroad also helps to prepare you for today's competitive job market and graduate school. Characteristics that employers look for are of ten gained through studying abroad: international experience, initiative, cultural sensitivity, flexibility, responsibility, and the ability to communicate with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures. In today's interconnected society, the need for cross-cultural understanding is greater than ever. Prepare yourself to be a global citizen: Study abroad.

Temple Programs


Temple offers programs in locations such as Brazil, China. Costa Rica, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Senegal, Spain, and the U.K.

If you want to study in a country where Temple does not have a program, advisors in International Programs will help you choose a program that is right for you.


To help Temple students pursue personal and intellectual growth through such international experiences, Temple University president, Ann Weaver Hart, and her husband, Randy, have established a scholarship intended to support the cost of passport fees for Temple undergraduate students who plan to study abroad.  The program provides scholarships of up to $100, an amount intended to equal to the application cost for a United States Passport, to all first-year and transfer students who intend to study abroad and are applying for a passport for the first time.






Telephone: 215-204-0720

Fax: 215-204-0729


200 Tuttleman Learning Center - 1809 N. 13th St.


Pre-Law Studies


Pre-Law Studies at Temple supports students in their selection of an undergraduate major, their engagement in co– and extra-curricular activities, their preparation for the LSAT, and application to law school.


Advising support is available to all students through the College of Liberal Arts and the Fox School of Business.  Paul Crowe in the Department of Philosophy and James Lammendola in the Department of Legal Studies counsel and support student organizations related to the preparation for law school. 


Student organizations include the Pre-Law Society, Phi Alpha Delta, and the Mock Trial Team.


For more information regarding pre-law studies, the Pre-Law Society, and Mock Trial, go to


1810 Liacouras Walk


1810 Liacouras Walk houses various student support offices.  These include:




College of Liberal Arts Advising

3rd Floor

College of Science and Technology Advising

Suite 203

Division of University Studies

Suite 101

Math and Science Resource Center

201 & 208

Pre-Professional Health Studies Advising

Suite 100

Student Health Services

4th Floor

The Academic Resource Center

Suite 101


Career Center


The Career Center at Temple University offers a range of services designed to help students explore career options, develop their understanding of the relationship between academic majors and career opportunities, and prepare themselves to make the transition from undergraduate study to post-graduate activities.

Whether you are interested in exploring a career possibility through an internship, discovering new career options in your major or related fields, getting help with your resume, or connecting with an on-campus recruiter, t he Career Center  provides a resource that can help you achieve success.

Main Campus:

Career Center
220 Mitten Hall
  Telephone: 215-204-7981

                 Office Hours: 8:30am - 5:00pm

Ambler Campus:

Career Development Services
109 West Hall
Telephone: 267-468-8200

              Office Hours: 8:30am - 5:00pm

Virtual Career Center




Community Service


Course Descriptions


Course Schedule




Undergraduate Bulletin


Senior Vice Provost Website



Scholarships and Fellowships

Temple University students are eligible to apply for scholarships offered by their departments and schools or colleges. Interested students should contact their department or college for eligibility and deadlines. The Student Financial Services website lists a number of opportunities available to continuing students.

In addition to these scholarships, there are a wide range of scholarships, fellowships, and internships available on a competitive basis to students during and immediately after their undergraduate careers. The opportunities include summer research experiences (REUs or SROPs), scholarships which support the completion of an undergraduate major, and to scholarships which support study in graduate or professional school, either in the U.S. or abroad.

Every summer, universities across the country host Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) for students majoring in mathematics or science. Many focus on biomedical research.

REUs typically provide stipends, housing, and travel allowances. Similar opportunities are available to students in a variety of academic disciplines through the Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP). These opportunities offer valuable learning experiences and contribute to your developing a strong profile for post-graduate education opportunities, including scholarships and fellowships.Scholarships which provide support for the completion of the undergraduate degree include the Barry Goldwater Scholarship for students in engineering, mathematics and the sciences, the Morris K. Udall Scholarship for students interested in the environment, the David Boren and Benjamin Gilman Scholarships to study abroad, and the Harry S. Truman Scholarship for students interested in public service careers.

Students interested in continuing their studies in graduate school will find funding support through individual universities (teaching and research assistantships) as well as several highly competitive scholarships. The National Science Foundation (NSF) offers scholarships to students in engineering, mathematics, sciences, and technology. Several funding opportunities support study in other countries: the Rhodes Scholarship and Marshall Scholarship for study in the UK, the Mitchell Scholarship for study in Ireland, and Fulbright Fellowships for study in various countries throughout the world. The Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Scholarship Arts Award provides support for students pursuing graduate studies in the creative arts.

Successful candidates for the highly competitive scholarships typically have a superior academic record, significant research or internships experiences, and co– or extra-curricular activities, including service or volunteer activities.

More information about summer research opportunities and internships and scholarships and fellowships can be found at the SVPUS website.



Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies


500 Conwell Hall

1801 N. Broad Street

Phone: 215-204-2044

Philadelphia, PA 19122


Fax: 215-205-3175



Questions can be directed to:

Michele O’Connor

Transfer & University Seminars



Emily Moerer

Upper Division Programs