Parent and Family Resources

The Temple Parent & Family Program within the Division of Student Affairs provides a wealth of resources for you to become more familiar with the University and the ways you can help your student successfully transition to Temple. We encourage you to explore their website, sign up for the family experience portal, and access the Parent & Family Resource Guide. The information found in these resources will provide you with important academic dates/deadlines for your student, info on campus events, and details on relevant campus initiatives. We look forward to partnering with you as your student transitions into college life!

FAQs: Below are some of our most frequently asked questions from family members of new College of Science & Technology students at Temple.

  • What are the placement tests? Are they required?

Placement tests are used to determine the appropriate first-year courses for your student based on his/her prior knowledge. It is critical that students begin coursework at the appropriate level to avoid course withdrawals, unsatisfactory grades, and/or course repeats.

All students are required to take the New Student Questionnaire prior to registering for orientation. Students can be auto-placed into Math and English courses using their SAT, ACT or AP (English only) scores. However, we strongly encourage all CST students to take the placement exams to get the most accurate placement result. Due to the CST math requirements, the auto-placement only places students into the lowest or highest levels of math. However, there are courses in between those that may be most appropriate for your student. More information about placement tests and scoring can be found here (http://www.temple.edu/ira/documents/exam-services/Placement-Information-...).

  • Can my student make changes to his/her schedule after orientation?

Yes, your student has been provided with a registration PIN at orientation that will allow them to add/drop classes to their fall roster. Please note that they will only be able to add courses for which they have met the prerequisite through their placement scores, transfer credits or AP scores. Students may continue to adjust their schedule throughout the add/drop period (the first two weeks of the semester) without academic or financial penalty.

  • Can I review the required courses for my student’s major?

Yes! The Bulletin provides enrolled students with the information they need regarding their chosen academic path. It is the go-to guide for checking degree requirements, finding faculty advisor information, and exploring majors/minors/certificates.  

  • Are there any additional resources for students interested in pursuing medical, dental, pharmacy school?

Yes! Our Office of Pre-Professional Health Advising works exclusively with students who are interested in applying for professional school. We encourage students to connect with their office early in their academic career.

 

  • What is the difference between a BA and a BS degree?

The BS offers more upper-level coursework in the major. However, the BA offers the same foundational coursework for the major. In place of the upper-level major coursework, the BA requires two semesters of a foreign language and two upper-level liberal arts requirements. The BA may be the best choice for students who double major, who get significantly off sequence with major requirements, who switch into CST in their second or third year, etc. If your student wants to explore the BA option, they should schedule an advising appointment. Please note that the Mathematical Economics major offers only a BA option at this time.

  • How can my student learn more about research opportunities?

Please visit https://cst.temple.edu/research to learn more about the opportunities available to CST students.

  • Will my student still be able to graduate in 4 years if they start in a lower-level math course?

It depends on your student’s major and which math course they take in their first semester. Other factors that can impact timeline to graduation are 1) course repeats due to unsatisfactory grades, 2) completing coursework in the summer, and 3) the number of credits taken each semester. It is possible to complete many of our majors in 4 years even with a lower level math start, but we would encourage your student to meet with an Academic Advisor to discuss their specific academic plan.

  • Can I come to my student’s advising appointment with them?

You may come to your student’s advising appointment if your student has completed a FERPA waiver for you. Having this waiver in place allows us to communicate confidential student record information with individuals that the student has designated. Information on how your student can waive FERPA rights is available here.

If you plan to attend an appointment with your student, please contact cstfya@temple.edu to schedule this appointment as these appointments often last longer than our typical 30-minute slots.

  • My student had an IEP in high school, can they receive the same type of accommodations at Temple?

If your student has a documented disability, they may be eligible for classroom accommodations. To register for Temple’s Office of Disability Resources & Services, please visit their website (https://disabilityresources.temple.edu/) for detailed information on the documentation that needs to be submitted.

 

Additional Questions?

Connect with the College of Science & Technology First Year Advising Team: cstfya@temple.edu

Connect with the Parent & Family Programs Coordinator: eharris3@temple.edu