Vicki L. McGarvey, Ed.D.
Vice Provost for University College and Acting Campus Director
Temple University Ambler
580 Meetinghouse Road
Ambler PA 19002
Temple University Ambler, located in suburban Montgomery County and just 17 miles north of the Main Campus (and minutes from Route 309, the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Route 476), offers the benefits of a small college campus with the excitement and vast resources of a large university. Several Temple undergraduate majors can be completed at Ambler Campus while many other majors can be started at Temple Ambler before continuing coursework at Main Campus. Students enjoy Ambler's beautiful grounds, student organizations and activities, and recreational facilities that include an exercise/weight room, outdoor pool, and tennis, basketball and volleyball courts.
Temple Ambler, a respected innovator in education and research in social, economic and environmental studies, delivers high-quality undergraduate, graduate and non-credit courses and programs to meet the educational needs of the region for students of all ages. Ambler Campus faculty members and administrators promote responsible citizenry through curricular and extracurricular activities and applied research that demonstrate and promote concepts central to the creation of strong, sustainable communities, student-centered learning, community engagement and respect for the environment.
Campus facilities include the Ambler Arboretum; the Ambler Field Station; the Greenhouse Research and Education Complex; an Aquaponics laboratory; the Ambler Campus Library, design/build studios; Computer-Assisted Design (CAD) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) labs/classrooms, a 300-seat auditorium, and an Esports gaming area. Also located on the Ambler Campus are the Fox School of Business and Management's Small Business Development Center; the College of Liberal Arts' Temple Infant and Child Lab; and the College of Liberal Arts' Criminal Justice Training Programs.
Undergraduate Degree Programs
- Accounting (online classes required)
- Business Management (some online classes may be required)
- Horticulture (Associate and Bachelor's Degrees available)
- Human Resource Management (online classes required)
- Landscape Architecture (Note: Studio courses in the first and second year offered at Main Campus only)
- Liberal Studies (online classes required)
- Marketing (online classes required)
- Psychology (some online classes may be required)
Graduate Degree Programs
- Landscape Architecture
Undergraduate Certificate Programs
- Business Basics Certificate (for non-degree students only)
- Business Plus Certificate (for non-degree students only)
- Certificate in Horticultural Therapy
- Certificate in Sustainability (requires Main Campus courses)
- Environmental Sustainability Certificate (requires Main Campus courses)
- Landscape Plants Certificate (requires Main Campus courses)
- Management Career Certificate
- Native Perennial Garden Design Certificate (requires Main Campus courses)
- Sustainable Food Systems Certificate (requires Main Campus courses)
For more information about undergraduate majors, minors, and certification programs that can be completed at the Ambler Campus, visit: https://ambler.temple.edu/academics/academic-programs.
First-Year Experience at Temple Ambler Program
While many students choose to complete one of the undergraduate programs listed above at Ambler Campus, others choose to begin one of the many Temple majors at Ambler Campus and later continue coursework at Main Campus. Following a "1+3 model," newly admitted first-year students who enroll full-time at Temple Ambler for two semesters and remain in good academic standing are eligible to receive a First-Year Experience Campus Grant. After successfully completing their first year at Temple Ambler, students may then choose to continue their studies at Ambler Campus, transition to Main Campus for their remaining three years of undergraduate coursework, or take courses at multiple campuses in the same semester, depending on their major. Learn more about the First-Year Experience.
The Office of Non-Credit and Continuing Education, located at Temple University Ambler, provides quality, professional and accessible education and lifelong learning opportunities at every stage of your career or life. Courses and programs are available in the areas of: Professional Development; Personal Enrichment; Youth and Summer Programs; and The Lifelong Learning Society. For more information on these and other programs, see the Special Programs section of this Bulletin.
Criminal Justice Training Programs (CJTP)
Criminal Justice Training Programs, a division of the College of Liberal Arts' Department of Criminal Justice, is an interdisciplinary unit that has conducted professional training for a variety of criminal justice agencies and occupations since 1968. It is located at the Temple University Law Enforcement Training Center at Temple Ambler. Each year, more than 3,000 criminal justice employees attend programs offered by CJTP, including police personnel, sheriffs and deputy sheriffs, constables, school security officers, park rangers and court staff. Other activities include the development of training curricula and the delivery of continuing education and non-credit classes, including distance learning.
Academic Awards and Scholarships, Standards and Honor Societies at Ambler
For additional details and application procedures, go to https://ambler.temple.edu/admissions/costs-aid-and-scholarships/scholarships-ambler-campus
- Elizabeth Clarke Award for Conservation Education: presented to a graduating senior intending to study, teach, or work in the discipline of conservation education; based on the student's positive attitude and financial need.
- Criminal Justice Leadership Award: given to an Ambler graduating senior in Criminal Justice who exhibits a passion for learning and outstanding academic achievement.
- Gold Key Awards for Academic Excellence: given to Ambler students in the sophomore, junior and senior classes who have taken the greatest number of credits at the Ambler Campus and have achieved the highest grade point average.
- James W. Hilty Adult Student Award: established in 2008 by campus administration, an award to a current degree-seeking graduate or undergraduate student 25 years of age or older (taking more than half of his/her classes at Ambler) who has demonstrated academic excellence. Applicants must provide a two-paragraph personal statement outlining financial need, personal background, educational path from high school through college, and educational goals.
- Norman J. Kaner Memorial Award: established by the Temple University History Department and supported by family, faculty, and former students in honor of Norman J. Kaner, a member of the History Department from 1968 to 1993. This award is given to an Ambler graduating senior in history with the highest grade point average who best exemplifies the values of critical thought, social curiosity, and intellectual vigor that characterized Professor Kaner's teaching and scholarship.
- Kevin and Georgette Ruth Scholarship: given to an undergraduate or graduate Ambler Campus of record student who demonstrates financial need. Preference is given to full time students working 40 hours a week outside of the university with additional preference given to those who also support a family.
- Ambler Campus Summer Student Scholarship: given to an undergraduate or graduate Ambler Campus of record student who demonstrates financial need and will be taking summer classes on the Ambler Campus.
- Patricia A. Woods Memorial Fund Award: established in 1993 by friends of Pat Woods, a longtime faculty member and academic advisor at Ambler. The monetary award is given to an undergraduate student who: plans for advanced undergraduate or post-graduate study in the health professions; achieves academic excellence at Temple (grade point average of 3.5 or higher); and demonstrates commitment through experience or service related to the health professions. Applicants must be students who are seniors or are completing the semester prior to admission to their program of interest. The students must have completed at least two classes at the Ambler campus prior to applying for the award.
- Student Leadership Awards: Awards to outstanding students and student groups are presented annually at the end of the spring semester.
- Dean's List: Letters are received by students from the dean of the school or college in which they are enrolled in accordance with the academic criteria for scholastic distinction established by their college or school. See Dean's List.
Academic and Student Services
Our mission is to provide students with personalized academic and student services, as well as unique leadership and service-learning opportunities, at a geographically convenient suburban campus. We strive to complement the University's mission by promoting and offering social, cultural, educational and developmental programs for Ambler Campus students.
Prospective and admitted students can connect with Ambler Campus staff and current students to learn more about the admissions process and options for beginning or completing a degree program at the Ambler Campus. Campus events and tours are held throughout the year to engage with current high school students, students looking to transfer to Temple from other institutions and non-traditional students returning to the classroom.
Academic Advising and Student Success
West Hall 109
Dedicated professional advisors help students choose a program of study that is suited to their educational and career goals, assist with information about program requirements and university policies and procedures. Transfer students can discuss transfer credit evaluations and whether these credits meet Temple program requirements.
Center for Undergraduate Advising - Ambler, Fox School of Business and Management (FSBM)
West Hall 109
Students in FSBM can make an appointment online or call the number above to schedule an appointment.
Center for Student Professional Development
West Hall Lower Level 1
267-468-8354 or 215-204-2371
The Center for Student Professional Development (CSPD), part of the Fox School of Business and Management, coordinates all activities that support the ultimate goal of business students — choosing a meaningful and rewarding career. This annex is linked with the CSPD located in Alter Hall 134 at Main Campus. The CSPD strongly urges students to become active members of student professional organizations.
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The Bursar's Office is available for students to process tuition payments, resolve billing questions and purchase Ambler Campus parking hangtags.
Temple University Bookstore
Located at Main Campus, The Temple University Bookstore (an affiliate of Barnes & Noble College Bookstores) carries textbooks, stationery items, Temple apparel, gifts, accessories, and computers and electronics. Ambler Campus students can place orders online.
Bus and Shuttle Service
Temple University provides free inter-campus bus service between Ambler, Health Science, and Main campuses (fall and spring) for students who take classes at the Ambler Campus. Shuttle service between the SEPTA Regional Rail station in Ambler and the Ambler Campus is also available during the fall and spring semesters. Inter-campus bus schedules and shuttle services schedules are available in the Office of Student Life and online at https://ambler.temple.edu/about/maps-and-directions.
Ambler Campus Technology (ACT) Center
Learning Center 106
Help Desk: 267-468-8323
The Ambler Campus Technology (ACT) Center is home to several PCs and iMacs equipped with software for all Temple programs; color, black-and-white laser, and 3D printers; two plotters; scanner applications; and video editing equipment. A help desk area is located within the ACT Center. A 10-seat breakout room is available for students to reserve.
Main Campus: 215-204-7276 for appointments
Free and confidential counseling services are available at Temple Ambler by appointment only. Emergencies and/or "walk-ins" and psychiatric services are managed on the Main Campus at Tuttleman Counseling Services located at 1810 Liacouras Walk, 5th floor.
Disability Resources and Services
West Hall 109
The Office of Academic and Student Services, in conjunction with Disability Resources and Services (Division of Student Affairs) at Main Campus, assists with providing accommodations for students with disabilities at Temple Ambler.
Student Financial Services (SFS)
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Temple University's Student Financial Services Office readily assists all Temple students in making their college education affordable. Financial Aid counselors are available to meet with students at the Ambler Campus. See the Financial Aid section in this Bulletin for more information.
267-468-8648 (Library Service Desk)
The Ambler Campus Library supports students and faculty with a collection of more than 120,000 items including a Leisure Reading collection, a Children's and Young Adult collection, a New Book area for books recently processed, an area for local and regional interest books, current periodicals and DVDs, including feature films and documentaries in various fields. The library is part of the Temple University Libraries and through using the Library Search and daily deliveries of materials requested via intra-library loan, the Ambler academic community is provided with convenient access to the discipline-based collections of all of Temple's libraries. The Ambler Campus Library is part of the network that provides online access via the home page, https://library.temple.edu, to the Library Search. This online search tool is the gateway to discover collections of printed materials, the Special Collections Research Center materials and a rich collection of electronic materials, including databases for research, other internet resources, electronic journals and e-books.
While Ambler Campus is a commuter campus, the Office of Student Life provides a listing of apartments and houses to rent or share and brochures on local apartment complexes.
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All individuals at the Ambler Campus are required to purchase parking hangtags. This office has hangtags available for students, faculty and staff to purchase.
Re-enrollment and Registration
West Hall 102
Degree students who have not attended Temple for one semester or more must complete an undergraduate request to re-enroll form prior to registering. This office also provides information and assistance regarding registration procedures and change of program. Information and requests for enrollment verification, transcripts and applications for Pennsylvania residency qualifications are available at www.temple.edu/registrar.
Red Barn Gymnasium and Recreation Center
Recreation Services offers intramural sports, fitness programs, open recreation, aquatic programs, aerobics and special events. Facilities include a multi-purpose gymnasium, a fitness room with both cardiovascular and free weight equipment, an outdoor pool, and outdoor basketball, tennis, and volleyball courts. Students may also participate in Main Campus recreational activities.
Student ID Cards (OWLcards)
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Your OWLcard gives you access to Temple buildings, parking lots and services, including libraries and gyms. You can also use your OWLcard to access Diamond Dollars, the University's debit-card program.
This office oversees campus-wide student programming, events and student organizations. Students have the opportunity to join a variety of student organizations in order to gain leadership experience, develop special skills and interests, organize fundraisers, interact regularly with other students, plan and manage events, and become involved in community-service projects. Students may also obtain information including ticket sales for Temple athletic and entertainment events, bus schedules and off-campus housing.
For information about student organizations in the Fox School of Business and Management, please refer to that section of the Bulletin.
Student Success Center
Temple Ambler students have access to a wide variety of virtual tutoring services for writing, math and science through the Student Success Center. Learn more Learn more about the services, workshops and programs offered.
Unique Facilities and Programs at Temple Ambler
Ambler Arboretum of Temple University
The Temple University Ambler Campus has a long history and rich tradition of horticulture and landscape design. Established as the Pennsylvania School of Horticulture for Women in 1911, the 187-acre campus represents a unique mix of natural and designed landscapes. The Ambler Campus was officially designated an arboretum in March 2000. This historic public garden, now known as the Ambler Arboretum of Temple University, serves as an excellent outdoor teaching laboratory for numerous classes and as a source of inspiration for students, faculty and visitors.
Ambler Campus is home for the Temple University Tyler School of Art and Architecture's Landscape Architecture and Horticulture programs. The Ambler Arboretum's gardens are dedicated to modeling the art and science of horticulture and environmental responsibility while fostering research, celebrating the achievements of women in horticulture, preserving the historic significance of the campus and highlighting the health benefits of nature, plants and gardening. Not just for the Landscape Architecture and Horticulture students, the Arboretum is the site of many student functions and volunteer activities as well as a place for peaceful study and meaningful networking. The beautiful displays of the gardens are open every day of the year from sunrise to sunset.
Aquaponics is the cultivation of plants and aquatic animals in a self-sustaining, symbiotic environment. Students in the Temple Ambler Aquaponics organization and staff members have created a fully developed aquaponics garden, which has taken root in the lower level of West Hall. The lab is an interactive space for students to learn in conjunction with their classes. The facility also serves as a teaching model for community organizations, businesses and schools to learn to aquaponically grow their own food. The Aquaponics Laboratory is regulated under Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AALAC) guidelines ensuring the ethical treatment of aquaculture for education purposes. Tours are provided for the community.
The Ambler Campus Intercollegiate Athletics Field House, located off Woods Drive, includes "green roof" structures. A green roof is a living biological community of plants that provides an environmentally sound alternative to a traditional roof system. The green roof garden allows for educational and research opportunities for students and faculty.
The 300-seat Learning Center Auditorium, with smart technology and performance space, provides opportunities to offer cultural, educational and entertaining events for our students and the surrounding community.
Temple Ambler Field Station
The Ambler Campus was designated in 2020 as the Temple Ambler Field Station, a platform for environmental field research and education. This designation highlights the campus' existing strengths and potential for expansion in environmental programming. Leveraging the Ambler Arboretum as a living laboratory, the Field Station supports research that spans multiple disciplines, from biology and earth sciences to engineering.
Students may engage in experiential opportunities in the natural environments on campus, including formal classes and research internships. Field Station classes provide hands-on training in field methodologies and applications. Internships integrate students into ongoing research activities that deepen scientific knowledge and enrich students' academic experience. Students can participate directly in research through the Ecological Observatory Program, which advances understanding of local ecosystems and facilitates large-scale comparative study of dozens of observatories across the country. The Global Change Program enables students to conduct research on ecological impacts of climate change and invasive species. The Temple Ambler Field Station also welcomes students and researchers to pursue their own explorations of the natural world.
The mission of Temple Ambler EarthFest Presents is to provide meaningful, impactful educational experiences for all ages throughout the year. Instead of one day and one event, we invite you to celebrate the Earth at several smaller, student and family-centered events! The need to share ideas about sustainability and protecting and preserving the environment is critical, now more than ever.
Temple Ambler EarthFest hosts a variety of events, in cooperation with the Ambler Arboretum and other partners, designed to get people thinking about and connected to the world around us. EarthFest Presents events are designed to provide more personalized opportunities to interact with our exhibitors and students to engage in citizen science. Join us to stargaze, celebrate Earth, campout and explore outdoor biodiversity! Learn more about Temple Ambler EarthFest Presents.
Greenhouse Education and Research Complex
The Greenhouse Education and Research Complex provides faculty and students with a first-class facility to study plant and soil science and conduct horticultural research. The energy-efficient greenhouse includes computerized climate controls and thermal blankets to protect the plants in the winter and shade them in the summer. Modern fertilizer injection systems water and fertilize plants simultaneously.
Institutional Research and Assessment Testing Center
Ambler Campus Learning Center
A testing Center certified by the National College Testing Association (NCTA) is managed by the department of Institutional Research and Assessment. The facility administers a number of computer-based school entrance exams such as GRE, LSAT, MAT, MPRE and Praxis as well as the GED and other exams.
Temple Infant and Child Laboratory
The College of Liberal Arts' Ambler Infant and Child Laboratory invites parents and their children to shape the future by participating in research at the frontiers of science. Directed by nationally recognized child development authorities and professors Dr. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Dr. Nora Newcombe, the lab provides fun-filled activities for children who become part of cutting-edge scientific discoveries. Parents learn more about their children's first words and ability to create mental maps. At the lab, infants, toddlers, and older children teach scientists new ways to optimize education and advance learning.
Law Enforcement Training
Temple Ambler is the home to the College of Liberal Arts' Criminal Justice Training Programs, which offers training to Pennsylvania police, constables and sheriffs, and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Accreditation (FLETA) accredited Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Program for the National Park Service which also offers certification to rangers for Pennsylvania's Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, U.S. Fish & Wildlife and the Bureau of Land Management. The Ambler Campus has unique facilities to facilitate this highly specialized training for first responders.
Temple Small Business Development Center
Ambler Campus Library Building
The Fox School of Business' Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has a branch at Ambler Campus, offering general business consultants who work with pre-venture, start-up, and existing small business clients. Most services are provided free to clients, due to grant funding from the Small Business Administration. In addition to one-on-one consulting, classes, workshops, and training opportunities, the SBDC offers a unique program called Warrior Rising, a Small Business Special Forces Incubator.