Temple University is a great American institution, rooted deeply in one of America’s oldest and greatest cities. It serves as one of the of the most important providers of education for Pennsylvania, as more then 70 percent of their students come from the area. Temple University is the 27th largest university in the United States, the fifth largest provider of professional education in the country, and known for its programs in law, education, media, business, and health sciences. Located in Philadelphia, about one and a half miles north of Center City, the main 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.
During the last decade, as the university shed its commuter-school image and courted out-of-town applicants, enrollment on the main campus – undergraduate, graduate, law, and medical – swelled to nearly 40,000.
Temple has been involved with community outreach projects and will increase its partnerships with the community in the region and across Pennsylvania. As stated in the recent Temple Review, “Temple also will create new facilities for learning, living and recreation. Temple 20/20, the framework through which the university will become a true destination, will rejuvenate Broad Street and make it a vibrant corridor that thrives around the clock as a lively urban environment.”
The North Philly section surrounding Temple University is currently being transformed into a student housing epicenter. Private investors are building new homes and rehabbing existing homes, to accommodate the demand for off campus housing in this University area. Realtors and contractors are increasingly building, buying and renovating off-campus housing to keep up with the rising volume of Temple students moving to residential apartments in the surrounding neighborhoods. The building boom has revitalized the area and attracted restaurants, coffee shops, bars and night life, thereby causing graduates to make the area their permanent home.