Temple Summer Scholars

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6 weeks.
2 college courses.
1 unforgettable summer.

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Temple Summer Scholars is an academically rigorous pre-college program for students entering grades 11 or 12. You'll join Temple undergraduates in two college courses over the six-week summer term. As a Summer Scholar, you will be able to customize your academic experience to suit your interests. We offer a wide range of summer courses, with options available in most undergraduate fields of study. 

  • Attend two college courses (schedules may vary depending on course choices)
  • Develop their interests in various academic fields or get ahead on your future college degree
  • Challenge themselves with a rigorous college-level curriculum
  • Earn up to eight college credits in just six weeks
  • Make new friends and build community with other students from diverse backgrounds

Temple Summer Scholars will be offered online from June 22 - August 2, 2021. The application deadline for this program was May 14, 2021.

Customize your Temple Summer Scholars experience to suit your interests

  • Choose two college courses. 
    Dozens of options available from the undergraduate course catalog. Course schedules may vary. When you are accepted into the program, you will receive assistance in picking courses that are right for you.
  • Attend non-credit study sessions and receive academic support.
    Temple Summer Scholars is a rigorous, challenging academic experience. To help you succeed, you will be required to attend study sessions a few times a week, and to check in with pre-college mentors. During your study sessions, you can ask questions, spend time on homework, or prepare for class in other ways. Workshops will also be offered on time management, active reading, writing strategies, and more. 

View more information on the Summer Scholars program.

Learn with others online

Depending on the courses you choose, you may meet regularly with your instructor and classmates online, or you may be working at your own pace to complete course objectives. You will be enrolled in courses alongside current Temple students, so you can expect your college courses to be academically rigorous college experiences. 

Participation in this program requires access to a device (computer or tablet) that is connected to reliable, high-speed internet. Participation with a smartphone is not recommended.

Application Requirements and Deadlines

Temple Summer Scholars requires an application to be admitted to the program**. In order for your application to be considered complete, you must submit the following:

  • High school transcript (all grades from 9th grade and up, including most recent grades for the current academic year). An unofficial copy of your transcript is ok.
  • Test scores (Copy of PSAT, SAT, or ACT. Unofficial reports are ok!) OR an academic writing sample from one of your classes this year. We recognize that you may not have had the opportunity to take a standardized test, or that your test scores may not reflect your academic ability. We have no preference for whether you choose to submit test scores or a writing sample.
  • Personal statement (500 words)
  • Recommendation form from a teacher or guidance counselor (You must provide their name and contact information in your application, and a recommendation form will be emailed to them from continuingedsupport@temple.edu when you submit your application.

Application Deadline
Applications will be accepted through Friday, May 14, 2021.

Notification of Acceptance
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Students are typically notified of their status via email within two weeks of Temple's receipt of their application and other required documents.

Enrolling in the Program
Once you receive your acceptance, you are considered enrolled in the program when you pay your $250 deposit. You may pay the remainder of your program fee up until 7 days prior to the first day of the program.

** Please note that being accepted to Temple Summer Scholars does not mean that you are guaranteed admission to Temple University for undergraduate or graduate study. Similarly, if your application to Temple Summer Scholars is denied, it does not mean that you will not later be admitted to Temple University for undergraduate or graduate study.

Registering for Courses

  1. During the application process, you will be asked to provide some detail about the kinds of courses you are looking for.
  2. Once you are accepted to the program, you will meet with program staff to discuss your options and any scheduling constraints in more detail. We also recommend that you consult with your high school teacher or guidance counselor for additional assistance in choosing appropriate courses. 
  3. Program staff will assist you in choosing appropriate courses, and will provide you with a draft schedule for you to approve before you are registered.

Please be advised that the full summer course schedule may continue to evolve, and there is a chance that you may be asked to adjust your schedule if a course is canceled. Depending on which courses you are most interested in, you may be asked to take a placement test to ensure you are academically prepared for those courses. This is most common with English, math, and foreign language courses.

Academic Policies 


When you register for courses, you must agree to the Student Financial Responsibility Agreement.


You will earn grades in each of the courses in which you enroll. Grades will be reported on an official Temple University transcript and must be disclosed to colleges and universities that you apply to in the future. More information about Temple's grading policy is available here.

Schedule Changes and Withdrawals

You may not change your schedule after the "add/drop" period, which concludes on June 28, 2021. If you cannot continue with the program, you should reach out to the pre-college director immediately at precollege@temple.edu to discuss your options.

Academic Records

When you enroll in a college course, even if you are under 18, the right to privacy over your educational records transfers to you. This means that Temple University is legally not allowed to disclose information about your grades and academic performance to a parent or guardian, unless you choose to add them as a waived contact to your account. You will be provided with instructions on how to do this when you enroll in the program. More information about the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is available here.

Requesting Your Temple Transcript

At the conclusion of the program, you will be able to request an official transcript from Temple University through the Office of the Registrar.


  1. What are the benefits of enrolling in Temple Summer Scholars?
    Temple Summer Scholars is a program that will give you firsthand experience in a college classroom and place you in an environment with college students. Depending on the courses you choose, you may explore a field you may want to major in, fulfill degree requirements, or challenge yourself in areas you are already studying in high school. You may be the only high school student enrolled in your course, so you will also learn how to advocate for yourself, and manage your time. The study hours will also give you ample opportunities to connect with other high school students from all walks of life. By the end of the program, you could earn up to 8 college credits.
  2. What is the minimum GPA to get into Temple Summer Scholars?
    There is no minimum GPA, but we generally look for students who are at or near the criteria we use to evaluate our incoming freshman class. To read more about the admissions criteria we use for our freshman class, please click here
  3. How much does Temple Summer Scholars cost?
    The cost of Temple Summer Scholars is $2,895 per student. This fee covers the tuition for your two college courses, the study hours, ongoing mentorship and support from Temple undergraduate students, and access to a robust schedule of online evening and weekend social activities. For more information on the cost of Temple Summer Scholars and how to pay your bill, please visit the program cost page.
  4. Are there any financial aid or scholarship opportunities?
    Yes. Please visit our FAQ page for more information on how to apply. You may need to submit an additional short application to be considered for aid.
  5. I'm not sure I will go to Temple for college. Is Temple Summer Scholars still worth it?
    Temple Summer Scholars is designed to give you a thorough introduction to college academics. While we hope you will consider Temple as a college choice, we recognize that you may not be sure yet. The knowledge you gain from this program will help you make informed decisions about what you are looking for in a college or university, things to consider when applying, and what fields you may be interested in majoring in. You will also have a Temple transcript that reports the grades you earn in your college courses, and you can transfer the credits from those courses to another institution.
  6. I have another question that isn't answered here. How do I find the answer?
    First, check out our broader FAQ page. If you still have questions, please email us at precollege@temple.edu or call us at 215-204-2712 and a member of our staff will be happy to help you.

Program Partners

Temple Summer Scholars offers courses in:

  • Boyer College of Music and Dance
  • College of Education and Human Development
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • College of Public Health
  • Fox School of Business
  • College of Science and Technology
  • Klein College of Media and Communication
  • School of Social Work
  • School of Sport, Tourism, and Hospitality Management
  • School of Theater, Film, and Media Arts
  • Tyler School of Art and Architecture

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