Temple University which traces its history back to 1884 is a research university located in Philadelphia.
It began life when a Philadelphia minister Russell Conwell started tutoring a group of young working men in night classes and in 1888 founded “The Temple College”. His vision for the institution was to provide educational opportunities for talented and motivated students regardless of background or means. In 1965 it was designated as a “state-related” institution having previously been private.
Temple is the 38th largest university in the United States and it is the 5th largest provider of professional education in the fields of law, dentistry, medicine, pharmacy and podiatric medicine in the country.
The university has nine campuses – ranging across urban and suburban Philadelphia to branches in Rome and Japan. Its main campus is in the heart of the Philadelphia, the largest city in Pennsylvania and the fifth largest in the US.
Temple has traditionally been known for the high level of ethnic diversity among its student body. Temple has a reputation as a leader in professional education, being among the largest US universities in terms of numbers educated in the combined fields of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, podiatry and law. The Temple University Hospital, a 571-bed teaching hospital, is the chief clinical training site for Temple University School of Medicine.
Notable Temple alumni include comedian and actor Kevin Hart, singer Jill Scott, musicians Daryl Hall and John Oates and former COO and president for ConocoPhillips - Shirley J. Tilghman.
U.S. News National University Rankings 2016 placed TU the 118th nationally. Academic Ranking of World Universities 2016 ranked TU the 301st worldwide.
Temple University offers more than 400 degree programs at 17 schools and colleges and five professional schools including programs in art, business, communications, education, engineering, liberal arts, music, science, and the health professions.
The most popular majors by the number of registered students are psychology, criminal justice, accounting, kinesiology and exercise science, marketing, radio, television and digital communication.
Temple's Arts and Humanities faculty, Social Science and Management faculty, Life Science and Medicine faculty are ranked the 182nd, the 339th, the 350th respectively in the world in 2014 by the QS World University Rankings. Temple's Social Science faculty is also ranked the 76-100 in the world in 2015 by ARWU.