Campus Profile: Temple University

Temple University is a public university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Around 27,307 undergraduate students are enrolled at the university.

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Temple University is a public university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Around 27,307 undergraduate students are enrolled at the university.


Official Political Student Organizations



Conservative Organizations:

    Temple College Republicans

    Temple University Students for Life

    Young Americans for Freedom


Liberal Organizations:

    Diversity Inclusion Community Education

    Feminist Alliance

    Ignite at Temple University

    LGBT and Allies in Dentistry

    owLGBTQ in Medicine

    Planned Parenthood Generation Action

    Queer Film Collective

    Queer People of Color

    Queer Student Union


    Student Power Network at Temple University

    Students for Justice in Palestine

    Students for Trans Awareness and Rights

    Temple College Democrats

    Temple Marxists


Student Fees:

Temple University students pay $924 in student fees per year.



SAT/ACT Score Requirements:

Temple University is NOT requiring SAT/ACT scores for students seeking undergraduate admission.


OpenSecrets Data on Temple University Employee Political Donations:

In the 2020 election cycle, 95.97% of Temple University employee donations went to Democratic candidates in federal elections, while 4.03% of donations went to Republican candidates, according to data from Open Secrets.




Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression Rating:

Temple University has been given a yellow light speech code. According to FIRE, this is due to “at least one ambiguous policy that too easily encourages administrative abuse and arbitrary application.” FIRE also notes that a yellow light policy at a public institution is unconstitutional. 


Policies Flagged by the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression as inconsistent with Free Speech Principles:


University Housing and Residential Life: Room Decorating Policy

Student Conduct Code: Rules and Regulations

Policy 04.81.11: Policy on Preventing and Addressing Discrimination and Harassment

Bias Reporting System

Temple University does not operate a type of bias response system on campus.



Temple University is requiring a COVID-19 vaccine for students and employees.




Stories by Campus Reform about Temple University:

Temple student posts MAGA $10 bill...then gets ‘publicly humiliated’

A Philadelphia student was publicly lambasted on social media by a recently graduated member of the student government for posting a picture of a pro-Trump $10 bill online. 

EXCLUSIVE: Campus crime will ‘never resolve’ if university leadership ‘refuses to lead,’ top cop warns

On November 30, 2021, Temple University President Jason Wingard wrote an email to students and parents addressing changes the university would implement in response to the fatal shooting of 21-year-old student Sam Collington. 

Among the planned improvements was a commitment to “[i]ncrease our Campus Safety force by 50% and work with the Philadelphia Police Department to increase their presence off campus.”

University ‘National Coming Out Week’ to include drag queens and drag bingo

National Coming Out Day is celebrated on Oct. 11, however Temple University (TU) is raising the stakes by hosting a full week of activities. 

TU’s Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, Advocacy and Leadership (IDEAL), located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, will host its National Coming Out Week (NCOW) from Oct. 3 to Oct. 7.