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.
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 http://www.temple.edu/vpus/resources/dars.htm
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.
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.
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 ClassesDuring 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
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
Pre-Professional Health Studies Advising Center
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.
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.
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.
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 http://www.temple.edu/vpus/opportunities/CARAS.htm.
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. www.temple.edu/studenthealth/
AMBLER - (267) 468-8490
HEALTH SCIENCES CAMPUS – (215) 707-4088
MAIN CAMPUS - (215) 204-7500
UNIVERSITY WRITING CENTER
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.
MATH AND SCIENCE
RESOURCE CENTER (MSRC)
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—
TUTORIAL SERVICES and WRITING CENTER
Learning Center 201
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.
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.
Main Campus: 215.204.0744
Ambler Campus: 267.468.8640
Contact a Library Subject Specialist: http://library.temple.edu/services/library_instruction/specialists
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.
OPEN THE DOOR TO A WORLD OF POSSIBILITIES . . . . .
200 Tuttleman Learning Center - 1809 N. 13th St.http://www.temple.edu/studyabroad
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 http://www.temple.edu/claprelaw/.
1810 Liacouras Walk
1810 Liacouras Walk houses various student support offices. These include:
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.