About University Studies
The Main Campus Division of University Studies is the academic home for students who have not yet declared a major. The advisors in our center are dedicated to helping you explore all of Temple’s exciting majors. We are here to help guide you through each semester as you move toward selecting the perfect major for you. We are also here to help you navigate the University. Whether you want to explore career options, need extra help in a course, or have general questions, we are here for you. Remember, it’s not just about the destination… the journey is half the fun!
Location & Contact Information
While you are a University Studies student please meet with an advisor at any time. We are happy to set up an appointment with you to discuss your academic plans and to help you make the most of the multitude of resources Temple has to offer. Below we've listed some of the major topics students come to us to discuss:
Major Exploration - We have many ways of assisting you with choosing a major and career path. From self exploration to seminar courses to individual advising sessions. Please come in and talk with us, we are here to guide you through this important and exciting decision!
Registration - Until you get the hang of it, the registration process and determining the right courses to take may seem like a challenge. The link above will take you to our registration page which outlines the ins and outs of choosing and registering for the right courses.
Declaration of Major policy - While we love having you as our student, at some point you will need to leap from the University Studies nest and soar to your next destination - your major. We are delighted to work with you for as short as one semester or through 60 credits - the maximum number of credits you can hold before declaring a major (including any transfer credits). When you're ready to declare your major you use the Change of Program Request. Don't worry, we're here to help you through the process of finding the perfect major for you!
To take courses elsewhere contact us - Please schedule an appointment with an advisor if you are interested in taking credits at another instituition.
Re-Enrollment - You left Temple but decided you miss us and want to come back to finish your degree. We would like to be the first to say "welcome back!" If you've taken off for two or more semesters (fall and spring), you will need to go through the re-enrollment process for the school or college you left (even if you plan to change your major). Please note, you do not need to reapply to the University through the Admissions Office. If you left the University as a University Studies student you will apply to re-enroll with us by completing and submitting the re-enrollment paperwork by the deadlines of: August 1 for a fall semester, December 1 for a spring semester and April 1 for either summer session. If you missed the deadline we would be happy to consider your application for the following semester. If you attended another institution during your time away you are required to submit an official transcript from each institution before we can make a re-enrollment decision. Students who have received a medical withdrawal must provide medical documentation clearing them to return to school before we can make a re-enrollment decision.
As we welcome your son or daughter to Temple University, we also welcome you as the newest member of our campus community. While we recognize that the transition to college and higher education is often challenging, University Studies is here to provide the academic and personal support that will allow your student to choose their major and to realize their full intellectual, professional, and personal potential. As devoted and caring parents, you have made certain that your student received the preparation and nurturing necessary to take advantage of this tremendous opportunity. We look forward to continuing in this tradition of excellence by providing your student with the information and resources that will aid in his/her exploration of our campus (and its many majors). Likewise, this page has been created as a resource to answer your questions and to assist in your efforts to provide the best for your student. By sharing in the same excitement, discoveries, challenges, and changes your son or daughter encounters at college, we hope to strengthen old bonds and create new ones. Together, we can make the most of your new role, making it easier for you to understand and to support your student.
To help you prepare for this adventure, we invite you to review our Parent FAQ which has been designed expressly for parents and should answer some of the most important and frequently asked questions about University Studies at Temple University. Education is a collaborative undertaking and we feel privileged to partner with you in the education of your student.
Many parents maintain active involvement in their student's college life through regular family discussions. We encourage you to continue your important role of guiding your student. As academic advisors the information we are permitted to disclose to you about your student is limited by federal law. Please see Temple's policy handbook for more information about the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.
Below are some articles regarding the transition that parents go through sending their children to college and issues faced during the college years:
Making the Transition to College: A Guide for Parents
10 Things Your College Student Won't Tell You
You're On Your Own (But I'm here if you need me)
Why is coming to Temple as an undeclared student one of the smartest decisions you can make?
Did you know Temple has over 140 majors from which to choose? Of course you know of majors like History, Biology, and Theater. Temple also has many majors that aren’t so obvious, like Strategic & Organizational Communication, Horticulture, Neuroscience, or International Business. Being a University Studies student allows you the opportunity to explore new and exciting majors while also filling degree requirements. That’s right, as a University Studies student you get the best of both worlds!
What will we do for you?
We will provide you with opportunities to explore during your time as a University Studies student. We offer workshops, first year seminar and sophomore experience courses targeting major and career exploration, and have a living learning community where a group of undeclared students live together and participate in a common first year seminar course. They also have a dedicated Academic Advisor and a live-in Peer Mentor. Learn more about the Major Exploration Living Learning Community. For questions you can contact the Major Exploration LLC Advisor, Irina Veramidis, M.Ed. We also offer a unique Major Exploration Academy - a series of intensive one-on-one workshops to assist you through choosing a major and career.
Please take a look at the rest of our website. If you have questions please contact us.
Change of Program Request
Taking Courses Elsewhere
(for complete degree requirements please see the Bulletin).
Gen Ed - For freshmen admitted fall 2008 or after and transfer students admitted fall 2010 or after with less than 45 transfer credits.
Gen Ed 45+ - For transfer students admitted fall 2010 or after with 45 or more transfer credits.
Core - For freshmen admitted spring 2008 or before and transfer students admitted spring 2010 or before.
Core 45+ - For transfer students admitted spring 2010 or before with 45 or more transfer credits.