Nyema Burnes and Sarah Caidor, 10th graders at Brien McMahon High School, report from Temple University


Prior to today, we knew very little about Temple University. We had envisioned a school that was surrounded by trees and with buildings that were two or three stories tall. Our first observation was the logo. The logo adorned several buildings as we traveled through the neighborhood. Temple University is a pretty big school and clearly a diverse school. Temple was founded in 1907 by Russell Conwell. Russell Conwell is described as American Baptist minister, lawyer, writer and philanthropist. 

Experiencing Temple firsthand is a must. You will discover their willingness to welcome graduating high school seniors, transfer students and international students. We learned that almost half of Temple’s incoming students are students who are transferring from other colleges. Temple is a city within a city. There are several perks for students, such as seeing a movie with snacks for $4.50, free transportation and access to the writing center.


Temple offers more than 140 majors ranging from medicine, law, business and education. Students hoping to gain admission to the honors program must earn a 3.9 GPA and a 1220 on the SAT. Students embrace the owl pride and have a common desire to be the best they can be. 

In-state tuition cost $15,000 and out-of-state tuition cost $25,000. There are more than 25,000 undergraduate students. This is 14 times the size of Brien McMahon’s school population. There are hundreds of organizations at Temple, which means there is something for everyone. Sharing your interest and getting involved with campus life will make your experience at Temple more fulfilling. Temple will definitely make it to our list, but we are eagerly awaiting the experiences that lie ahead from the other nine colleges.

Nyema Burnes and Sarah Caidor – 10th graders at Brien McMahon High School