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, an Aquaponics laboratory, science labs, a library, top-quality computer labs, smart classrooms, Computer-Assisted Design (CAD) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) labs/classrooms, a video conferencing room and 300-seat auditorium. Additionally, there is a writing-mathematics-science resource center.
Undergraduate Degree Programs
- Accounting (online classes required)
- Business Management (some online classes may be required)
- Horticulture (Associate and Bachelor Degrees available)
- Human Resource Management (online classes required)
- Landscape Architecture
- Liberal Studies
- Marketing (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
- Environmental Sustainability Certificate
- Industrial Education Certification Program
- Landscape Plants Certificate
- Management Career Certificate
- Native Perennial Garden Design Certificate
- Sustainable Food Systems Certificate
For more information about undergraduate majors, minors, and certification programs that can be completed at the Ambler Campus, visit: https://ambler.temple.edu/academics/degree-programs/undergraduate.
Freshman 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 complete their freshman year. Following a “1+3 model,” newly admitted freshman who enroll full-time at Temple Ambler for two semesters and remain in good academic standing are eligible to receive an Ambler Campus Grant. After successfully completing their first year at Temple Ambler, students may then choose to continue their studies at Ambler, transition to Main Campus for their remaining three years of undergraduate coursework, or take courses at multiple campuses in the same semester. Learn more about the Freshman 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 Department of Criminal Justice, is an interdisciplinary unit that has conducted professional training for a variety of criminal justice agencies and occupations since 1968. 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. Most recently, CJTP has been involved in the development of "ProRanger Philadelphia," an academic and technical skills training and paid internship program that is administered by the National Park Service and Temple University. The program was established to recruit, train, and employ law enforcement park rangers for the National Park Service. Upon graduation from Temple and successfully completing the ProRanger program, which includes a federally-accredited law enforcement training component, participants are eligible for permanent career tenure law enforcement park ranger positions with the National Park Service. Current students in any major who are interested in federal law enforcement are encouraged to find out about the ProRanger Program, and students completing their degree programs are eligible to attend the Temple Police Academy in preparation for a career in law enforcement.
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. A list of awards is available on the Ambler web site.
- 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.
Academic Advising and Career Development
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.
Deciding on a major or profession can be a challenge. This office provides resources and expertise such as coaching/advising (online or in person), career materials, résumé critique, and workshops. Externships, internships, and cooperative work experiences provide students with valuable hands-on learning that can take them one-step closer to their future careers. Also, visit http://www.temple.edu/provost/careercenter/ to access self-assessment tools, resources on choosing a major and career, résumé and interviewing tips and job fairs.
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.
West Hall 101
The Bursar's Office is available for students to process tuition payments, resolve billing questions and purchase Ambler Campus parking hangtags.
The Temple Ambler bookstore is an affiliate of Barnes & Noble College Bookstores, offering the services and conveniences of a great bookstore chain. The bookstore carries textbooks, stationery items, Temple apparel, health and beauty aids, snacks and other useful items.
Bus and Shuttle Service
Temple University provides a free shuttle service on a regular schedule between the SEPTA Regional Rail station in Ambler and the Ambler Campus during the fall and spring semesters. Inter-campus bus service between Ambler, Health Science, and Main campuses is also available (fall and spring) for students who take classes at the Ambler Campus. Bus schedules and regulations are available in the Office of Student Life.
Ambler Campus Technology (ACT) Center
Learning Center 106
Help Desk: 267-468-8323
The Ambler Campus Technology (ACT) Center is equipped with 80 PCs and 6 iMacs equipped with software for all Temple programs, color and black and white laser printing, two plotters, scanner applications, video editing equipment, and a wireless lounge area. A help desk area is located within the ACT Center. A 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.
Financial Aid (Student Financial Services)
West Hall 103
267-468-8648 (Library Service Desk)
The Ambler 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 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.
Military and Veterans Services Center
To assist with the transition from military to college, the Military and Veterans Services Center works with the various university departments to plan and implement educational and social programs to help veteran students succeed at Temple University Ambler. For questions regarding the certification process and veterans benefits, contact the Temple University Certifying Officer in the Office of the University Registrar at 215-204-7378. For additional information on benefits, go to www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.
Note: GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/.
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. In addition, the Ambler Campus web site includes an online listing of area apartment complexes and rental agencies.
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 www.temple.edu/registrar.
Recreation Services offers intramural sports, open recreation, aquatic programs, aerobics and special events. Facilities include an outdoor pool, a fitness room with both cardiovascular and free weight equipment, and basketball, tennis, and volleyball courts. Students may also participate in Main Campus recreational activities.
Student ID Cards (OWLcards)
West Hall 102
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 the Ambler Student Government Association (ASGA—a liaison between the student body and campus/university administration) and a variety of other 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 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.
Learning Center 102
Math-Science: Main Campus: 215-204-8466
Writing: Main Campus Hotline: 215-204-0700
The Writing-Math-Science Center (with computer lab) helps with questions about all aspects of writing, mathematics, and the sciences. It assists with brainstorming and planning papers, reports, and projects, and offers tutoring. This free service is open to all students. Please refer to the web sites listed above for hours of operation each semester and for online tutoring options.
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 Temple University's Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture, and the Ambler Arboretum has many gardens dedicated to promoting learning about horticulture, understanding the relationship between people and the environment, and awareness of both the need for and means to achieve greater environmental responsibility. 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 AALAC (Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care) 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.
Center for Sustainable Communities (CSC) at Temple University Ambler
The Center for Sustainable Communities at Temple University conducts integrated social and environmental research on natural, technological, and socio-economic systems to address the challenges of sustainability—how can we meet the needs of people locally and globally through equitable, innovative and practical solutions that protect the environment which sustains life on the planet.
Temple Ambler EarthFest has expanded substantially. The need to share ideas about sustainability and protecting and preserving the environment with a wide audience is critical, now more than ever. EarthFest hosts a variety of community programs, in addition to the annual Earth Day celebration held each April, which continues to welcome thousands of students grades K through 12, teachers, parents and chaperones for a day of hands-on interaction with more than 80 exhibitors that tangibly represent concepts related to "sustaining our communities."
The goal of EarthFest has always been to promote environmental awareness using sustainable concepts, methods, and practices to protect and preserve our environment. Expanding on that goal, our mission is to create citizen scientists, individuals of every age who have an interest and knowledge to get involved in their communities and to bring about positive change.
The Greenhouse at Temple University Ambler 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 Temple University 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.
Temple Small Business Development Center
Ambler Campus Library Building
The Temple Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has opened a branch at Ambler with general business consultants available to work with pre-venture, start-up, and existing small businesses. 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 will also offer a business incubator at Ambler.