New Student Advising and Registration
Things to Do before Advising and Registration
- Students are also highly encouraged to take the Foreign Language Placement Assessment prior to the advising sessions
- Art major students who want to use their transfer credits toward Temple’s studio requirements must present the course syllabus and portfolio to the Art program coordinator and obtain permission
Additional Note for Students with Transfer Credits
Newly admitted transfer students should receive their transfer credit evaluation shortly after their acceptance. If one of the following cases occurs, please contact the Admissions Counseling Office immediately:
- If transfer students are currently completing their final semester at the previous institution, the official transcript with the final semester grades must be mailed to the Admissions Counseling Office as soon as final semester grades become available.
- If students have questions regarding how the credits were transferred, ask the advisor during the advising session. Bring the course syllabi to request re-evaluation of the transferred courses in question.
Sessions to Attend
It is mandatory for students to attend all three sessions described below.
I. Major/College Information Session
Students are required to attend an introductory session for the major/college in which they are interested or intend to major. This session will take place on the first day of Orientation. This introduction (approximately 60 minutes including Q & A) provides students with the preview of the major/college, including course/program descriptions, expected learning outcome of the major, possible career opportunities after the completion of the major, etc. In this session, students will have a chance to ask questions about their intended major.
Information about the majors and their requirements are available here.
II. General Academic Information Session
To obtain a degree at Temple University, students are required to complete General Education, major, and college/school requirements. In this session, students will learn the general structure of these requirements. The university's academic policy and regulations are also introduced. This session will take place on the same day as the Academic Advising Session where students will meet with an advisor in groups, depending on their intended major and/or the number of transfer credits.
The following resources are available to begin learning about the curriculum and selecting courses:
III. Academic Advising Session
All new students must attend one of the following advising sessions, based upon their acceptance status.
A. Transfer Students (Students with 15 or more transfer credits)
Students must take the English and mathematics placement assessments in advance in order to attend this session. Transfer students will work with a professional and/or faculty academic advisor in a group based upon their intended major, and select courses for their first semester. At the beginning of this group session, detailed information about requirements for specific majors may also be provided. Professional/faculty advisors will confirm the course selection and assist students to register online.
B. Freshman Students (Students with 0-14 transfer credits)
Students must take the English and mathematics placement assessments in advance in order to attend this session. Freshman students will meet a professional and/or faculty advisor in a group based upon their intended major, and select courses for their first semester. Professional/faculty advisors will confirm the course selection and assist students to register online.
C. Bridge Program Students
Bridge Program students must take the Bridge Placement Assessment in advance and attend a mandatory Bridge Information Session in order to register. Please refer to the Orientation Schedule. Bridge Program students do not need to attend sessions A or B listed above.
D. Non-Degree Seeking Students
Non-degree seeking students will be contacted by the Academic Advising Center prior to the orientation through the e-mail address provided on the application, and will be instructed on whether or not they need to take the English and mathematics placement assessments. Students will be invited to an advising session based upon their Placement Assessment status. Please refer to the Orientation Schedule.
E. AEP Graduates
Students will follow the orientation schedule described in A, B, or C listed above, based upon their acceptance status into the Undergraduate Program.