Vicki L. McGarvey, Ed.D.
Vice Provost for University College and Interim Campus Director
Temple University Ambler
580 Meetinghouse Road
Ambler PA 19002
Temple University Ambler, located in Montgomery County, 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 resources of a large university. Several high-quality undergraduate, graduate and non-credit courses and programs are offered in order to meet the educational needs of the region.
Campus facilities include the Ambler Arboretum, the Temple 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. Students benefit from these unique facilities as well as several academic and student services, which are listed below.
Undergraduate Degree Programs
- Accounting (online classes required)
- Business Management (online classes required)
- Horticulture (Associate and Bachelor's Degrees available)
- Human Resource Management (online classes required)
- General Studies (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)
- Supply Chain Management (online classes 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
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 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 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). 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 (TULETC) 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 officer, and park rangers. Other activities include the development of training curricula and the delivery of online learning.
Park Ranger Law Enforcement Academy (PRLEA)
The Park Ranger Law Enforcement Academy (PRLEA) offers certification to rangers for Pennsylvania's Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and the National Park Service. Temple University is one of six Park Ranger Law Enforcement Academies across the country for the National Park Service.
Academic Awards and Scholarships at Ambler
For details and application procedures about the various scholarships available to Ambler Campus students, visit: https://ambler.temple.edu/admissions/cost-aid-and-scholarships/ambler-campus-scholarships.
Academic and Student Services
Our mission is to provide students with personalized academic and student support, as well as unique leadership and service-learning opportunities, at a conveniently located 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 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.
West Hall 101
The Bursar's Office is available for students to process tuition payments, resolve billing questions and purchase Ambler Campus parking hangtags.
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 service 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: 267-468-8324
The Ambler Campus Technology (ACT) Center has PC's and iMacs equipped with software for all Temple programs; 3D, color and black-and-white laser printers; two plotters; and standard and wide format scanners. A Help Desk is located within the ACT Center. A breakout room is available for students to reserve and there are two Zoom rooms upstairs.
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 1700 N. Broad Street, Second 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)
West Hall 103
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. As part of the Temple University Libraries system (https://library.temple.edu), the Ambler academic community has convenient access to the vast, deep discipline-based collections of all of Temple's libraries.
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.
West Hall 102
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 https://registrar.temple.edu/.
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. The Campus also has more than two miles of wooded trails for walking and running. Students may also participate in Main Campus recreational activities.
Student ID Cards (OWLcards)
West Hall 102A
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 student programs, events and student organizations. Students can get involved on campus in order to gain leadership experience, develop special skills and interests, and build community with their fellow students. Students may also obtain information regarding the inter-campus bus service, as well as Main Campus events.
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 about the services, workshops and programs offered.
Unique Facilities and Programs at Temple Ambler
Ambler Arboretum of Temple University
Temple University's 187-acre Ambler Campus is an Arboretum, or a public garden with a significant focus on a tree collection. Comprised of a unique mix of naturalistic and formal landscapes, including botanic collections, horticulture displays, woodlands, and meadows, the Ambler Arboretum is a platform for scientific research; teaching, learning and practical training; and environmental responsibility and conservation.
The University is a leader in modeling the art and science of horticulture. Arboretum staff are horticulturists and curators who steward the living collections. Staff are available to assist faculty and students with teaching and research. They also provide information about the University's woody-plant collection to scholars and professionals around the world. Staff actively engage collection development to fulfill a mission to conserve tree and genetic diversity.
The Ambler Arboretum is open every day of the year from sunrise to sunset. Faculty and students are encouraged to visit to experience the beauty and health benefits of nature, plants and gardening. The Arboretum is known for its 4 seasons of interest—from the Barbara F. and Philip R. Albright Winter Garden to the Louise Bush-Brown Formal Perennial Garden. Of particular interest is the Ernesta Ballard Healing Garden, which includes a labyrinth for contemplation and enjoyment and doubles as a storm-water management garden as does the Sustainable Wetland Garden.
The Ambler Campus was established as the Pennsylvania School of Horticulture for Women in 1911. This historic public garden is now known as the Ambler Arboretum of Temple University which serves as the public garden, outdoor classroom and living laboratory for Temple University.
Temple University Field Station at Ambler
Temple University's 187-acre Ambler Campus is a Field Station, a platform for environmental field research and education that spans multiple disciplines, from the natural sciences, to engineering and the liberal arts. The Field Station serves as an ecological observatory that aids in the scientific documentation of fundamental changes in our natural environments. The Field Station's research initiatives provide data to a broad community of scientists and educators, and advance the understanding of global change impacts, as well as innovative and meaningful solutions to these changes.
The Temple University Field Station at Ambler offers a diversity of natural habitats including older growth and secondary forests; aquatic and wetland environments including ponds and ephemeral streams; meadows and turf; and natural and designed garden landscapes.
Faculty may teach and offer experiential opportunities in the Field Station's varied environments. Field Station faculty and staff are available to aid in the creation of modules or pedagogical tools. Field Station courses, offered in conjunction with Temple's schools and colleges, 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, preparing them for further study and careers. Current research initiatives include the Temple Forest Observatory, a collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution's Forest Global Earth Observatory (ForestGEO) program.
Undergraduate and graduate students may participate directly in research through the Field Station's 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 Field Station also welcomes students and researchers to pursue their own explorations of the natural world.
Aquaponics is the cultivation of plants and aquatic animals in a self-sustaining, symbiotic environment. Students 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 EarthFest Presents, in collaboration with the Ambler Arboretum, the Temple Ambler Field Station and other partners, provides meaningful, impactful educational experiences for all ages throughout the year related to citizen science, sustainability and protecting, preserving, and connecting with the environment. Join us to celebrate the Earth, stargaze, campout and explore outdoor biodiversity.
Greenhouse Education and Research Complex
The Greenhouse Education and Research Complex provides faculty and students with first-class facilities 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. The Complex includes a one-acre research garden with an apiary, a shade house and a hoop house.
Institutional Research and Assessment Testing Center
Ambler Campus Learning Center
The testing center is certified by the National College Testing Association (NCTA) and is managed by Temple's Office of Institutional Research and Assessment. The facility administers several 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' Infant and Child Laboratory invites parents and their children to shape the future by participating in research at the frontier 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
Located at Temple Ambler, the Law Enforcement Training Center is the home to the College of Liberal Arts' Criminal Justice Training Programs and the University College Park Ranger Law Enforcement Academy. Ambler Campus has unique facilities and resources to facilitate highly specialized training for first responders, which enables the Center to serve municipal, state and federal agencies.
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.