Temple University is a university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Temple University was founded in 1884 by Dr. Russell Conwell and became known as Temple College in 1888. In 1907, the college became a fully accredited university. The university is known for its programs in law, education, media, and health sciences. Well known alumni include Bill Cosby and poet Sonia Sanchez.
Bachelors, master's, and doctoral programs are offered through the College of Allied Health Professions, the College of Education, the College of Engineering, the College of Liberal Arts, the Boyer College of Music and Department of Dance, the College of Science and Technology, the Tyler School of Art, the Fox School of Business and Management, the School of Communications and Theater, the School of Dentistry, the Graduate School, the Beasley School of Law, the School of Medicine, the School of Pharmacy, the School of Podiatric Medicine, the School of Social Administration & Department of Health Studies, and the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management .
The school's sports teams are called the Owls: this name comes from Temple's early days, when it was a night school. Their football team participates in the NCAA's Division I-A in the Big East Conference, but will be expelled from that conference after the 2004 season. The Owls are a member of the Atlantic Ten Conference for other sports. It's men basketball team is part of the Big Five, the traditional designation for the rivalries between the Owls and their Philadelphia rivals: Penn, St. Joseph's, Villanova, and La Salle.
Temple University Professor of Piano Lambert Orkis and Lecturer in Tuba Jay Krush were both awarded Grammy Awards at the 42nd Grammy Awards ceremony on Wednesday, February 23, 2000.
- Main Campus: Located in Philadelphia, about three miles north of Center City. The campus is bordered by Susquehanna Avenue to the north, Oxford Street to the south, 16th Street to the west, and 10th Street to the east.
- Center City: Adjacent to Philadelphia City Hall and Suburban Station, TU-Center City specializes in evening courses for working adults, and offers bachelor's and master's degrees in liberal arts and business.
- Ambler: Originally a junior college, TU-Ambler now has 325 faculty and 4,600 students on a 187-acre campus, and offers bachelor's and master's degree programs.
- Harrisburg: Located at Strawberry Square, TU-Harrisburg offers degrees in education, business, and social administration.
- Fort Washington: TU-Fort Washington offers graduate degrees in business, computer engineering, education, and pharmacy.
- Temple University Japan: Located in Tokyo, TUJ is the oldest and largest campus of any American university in Japan. It has 1,700 students, two-thirds of which are Japanese. The campus offers nine degree programs and also offers semester and year-long study abroad programs for undergraduates and law students.
Temple also operates its own summer programs on small campuses in London and Rome, and administers an LLM program in China (the only one of its kind) through a cooperative venture with Tsinghua University in Beijing.
- Ben Bova, science fiction author
- Richard Brooks, filmmaker
- Bill Cosby, comedian
- Bob Saget, comedian
- Edwin Duing Eshleman, former republican congressman
- Daryl Hall, musician
- Lois Hamilton, actress
- Trenton Doyle Hancock, artist
- Joe Hoeffel, former democratic congressman
- Paul E. Kanjorski, democratic congressman
- Bill Mensch, computer scientist
- Ronn Owens, radio talk show host
- James Parrish, football player
- Jim Saxton, former republican congressman
- Ed Sciaky, disc jockey
- Tom Sizemore, actor
- John F. Street, Philadelphia mayor
- Vincent Fumo, democratic state senator