Temple University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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Temple University is a public research university with an acceptance rate of 58.5%. Located in North Philadelphia, Temple has more than 140 undergraduate majors with programs in business, education, and media among the most popular. Academics at Temple are supported by a 15-to-1 student/faculty ratio. The university has a diverse student body and over 290 student clubs and organizations. Students can participate in clubs and activities ranging from performing arts groups to academic honor societies, to community service, and recreational sports. The university also has an active Greek system. In athletics, the Temple Owls compete in the NCAA Division I American Athletic Conference.

Considering applying to Temple University? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Temple University had an acceptance rate of 58.5%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 58 were admitted, making Temple's admissions process competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 35,501
Percent Admitted 58.5%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 24%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Temple is test-optional. Applicants may submit SAT or ACT scores or they can choose the Temple Option and provide responses to a few short-answer questions. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 74% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 580 660
Math 560 660
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of Temple's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Temple scored between 580 and 660, while 25% scored below 580 and 25% scored above 660. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 560 and 660, while 25% scored below 560 and 25% scored above 660. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1320 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Temple.

Requirements

Temple University does not require the SAT writing section. Note that Temple does not superscore SAT results; your highest composite SAT score will be considered. Temple offers the "Temple Option" for students who believe that responses to short-answer essays will add more to their application than standardized test scores. Note that most students admitted under the Temple Option have average GPAs of 3.5 or above. Home-schooled, recruited athletes, and international applicants must submit test scores and may not use the Temple Option.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Temple University is test-optional. Applicants may submit SAT or ACT scores or they can choose the Temple Option and provide responses to a few short-answer questions. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 16% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 24 32
Math 23 29
Composite 24 30

This admissions data tells us the most of Temple's admitted students fall within the top 26% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Temple received a composite ACT score between 24 and 30, while 25% scored above 30 and 25% scored below 24.

Requirements

Note that Temple does not superscore ACT results; your highest composite ACT score will be considered. Temple does not require the ACT writing section.Temple offers the "Temple Option" for students who believe that responses to short-answer essays will add more to their application than standardized test scores. Note that most students admitted under the Temple Option have average GPAs of 3.5 or above. Home-schooled, recruited athletes, and international applicants must submit test scores and may not use the Temple Option.

GPA

In 2018, the average high school GPA for incoming Temple University freshman was 3.59. These results suggest that most successful applicants to Temple have primarily A and B grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Temple University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Temple University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Temple University. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Temple University, which accepts just over half of applicants, has a somewhat competitive admissions process. If your GPA and SAT/ACT scores fall within the school's average ranges, you have a strong chance of being accepted. Keep in mind that Temple has test-optional admissions, though it is primarily geared toward students with average GPAs of 3.5 and above.

Throughout much of the graph, you'll notice some red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) hidden behind the green and blue (accepted students) in the middle of the graph. Some students who had grades and test scores that were on target for Temple did not get admitted. Note also that some students were accepted with test scores and grades a bit below the norm. This is because Temple has a holistic admissions process. Most important to the university is a strong academic record, with at least a B average in high school classes and a 3.0 in college-prep coursework. The university will also want to see that you have completed four years of English and math, three years of science and history/social studies, two years of a foreign language, and a year of the arts. The admissions committee also gives significant weight to the required essay and your extracurricular activities. If you feel they will add to your application, letters of recommendation may also be submitted.