First-year Admissions Help

Applying to college for the first time can seem daunting. Let us make it simpler for you.

Wondering what a FAFSA is (financial aid), whether or not you need to submit standardized test scores (it’s optional), what our campus life is like (urban, diverse and engaging), or have other application questions? Don’t worry. We’ll get you answers.

If you’re a first-year student (attending the College of Liberal Arts after high school, secondary school or GED completion), head to Temple University’s admissions page for first-year students.

There, you’ll find information on how to apply to Temple University via the Common Application, including a full breakdown of important dates for applying, application criteria, scholarship details and Temple Admissions staff contact information.

Once Temple receives your Common Application, you’ll receive a TUportal account activation email. You’ll use the portal to review your admissions checklist and follow the status of your application.

The first-year student application guide has answers to everything you need to know—including the stuff you didn’t even know you needed to know just yet! There’s even a short video that explains the information if you're short on time.

Liberal Arts Office of Enrollment Management Contact Information

We can’t wait for you to get started on becoming part of the next generation of liberal arts creative thinkers, risk-takers and doers.

If you have first-year questions specific to the College of Liberal Arts, please contact the CLA Enrollment Team at or  (215) 204-6337, or our CLA student ambassadors at