FACTS & FIGURES
Founded in 1884
Richard M. Englert
Point of Contact:
Martyn J. Miller
Assistant Vice President for International Affairs
Temple University's history begins in 1884, when a young working man asked Russell Conwell if he could tutor him at night. A well-known Philadelphia minister, Conwell quickly said yes. It wasn't long before he was teaching several dozen students—working people who could only attend class at night but had a strong desire to make something of themselves.
Conwell recruited volunteer faculty to participate in the burgeoning night school, and in 1888 he received a charter of incorporation for “The Temple College.” His founding vision for the school was to provide superior educational opportunities for academically talented and highly motivated students, regardless of their backgrounds or means.
The fledgling college continued to grow, adding programs and students throughout the following decades. Today, Temple's more than 40,000 students continue to follow the university's official motto—PerseverantiaVincit,or“PerseveranceConquers”—with their supreme dedication to excellence in academics, research, athletics, the arts and more.
Temple University is now a comprehensive, public R1 “highest research activity” (Carnegie Classification) university with more than 40,000 students, including approximately 3,200 international students from 127 countries. It has a distinguished faculty in 17 schools and colleges, including schools of Law, Medicine, Podiatry, and Dentistry, and a renowned Health Sciences Center. Temple is one of Pennsylvania's three public research universities, along with the University of Pittsburgh and Penn State University.
Temple University is the 46h largest university in the United States, and it is the fifth largest provider of professional education (law, dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, and podiatric medicine) in the country.