The Take Off To Temple Tour is Temple’s new signature event aimed at raising our national (and international) profile among key educational stakeholders.



12 – 7pm: Arrive in Philadelphia and explore Old City, America’s most historic square mile and all its sites (from Independence Hall to the brand new Museum of the American Revolution) with our Owl Ambassadors and admission officers. Not interested in history? Old City is flooded with artist studios, boutiques and cafes. Or, join us for drinks in the Red Owl Tavern overlooking the Liberty Bell – aptly named for Temple’s mascot.

7pm: Cocktails and dinner at Temple Made Stephen Starr’s Continental Martini Bar, the restaurant that started Philadelphia’s foodie scene renaissance.


9am – 5pm: Arrival at Temple’s historic Sullivan Hall to begin an “experiential tour” of campus throughout the day (with meals and refreshments), making stops at our schools and colleges, including:

  • Boyer College of Music and Dance & School of Theater, Film and Media Arts
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • College of Public Health & School of Social Work
  • College of Science and Technology
  • Fox School of Business & School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management
  • Klein College of Media and Communication
  • Tyler School of Art

7pm: Dinner at Stephen Starr’s Pizzeria Stella followed by a rooftop after party with late night cocktails and special guests in Bella Vista.


9am – 1pm: Continued campus tour, followed by lunch at Morgan Hall, featuring a conversation about admission & financial aid with Temple’s Director of Admission, Karin Mormando and Director of Student Financial Services, Emilie Van Trieste. Enjoy panoramic views of the Philadelphia skyline.

1pm: Departures & farewells – Explore neighboring colleges and universities. Bryn Mawr, Drexel, Haverford, Penn, Swarthmore, Ursinus and more than 50 colleges and universities are within driving distance.


We will make your airline (economy class) and hotel arrangements (2 nights in your own room) after you RSVP, using our in-house travel partner. All meals will be provided during your time in Philadelphia. We only ask that you cover incidentals and taxis to and from your airport/train station and our airport/train station.


Temple will provide you with two nights in a private room at the Fairfield Inn in Midtown Village (a.k.a. The Parker Spruce Hotel). Breakfast will be included both days before you depart for campus between 8:15am and 8:30am.


  • Tamar Adegbile, Cate School (Carpinteria, Calif.)
  • Crystal Artis, Avenues School (New York, N.Y.)
  • Jeff Bates, Rye Country Day School (Rye, N.Y.)
  • Lisa Bianchi, Calhoun School (New York, N.Y.)
  • Lisa Birnbaum, SAR High School (Riverdale, N.Y.)
  • Carolyn Blair, Clayton High School (Clayton, Mo.)
  • Jenny Byers, Harpeth Hall School (Nashville, Tenn.)
  • Celso Cardenas, Harvard-Westlake School (North Hollywood, Calif.)
  • Serena Castellano, Convent of the Sacred Heart School (New York, N.Y.)
  • Tania Castro-Bradt, Head Royce School (Oakland, Calif.)
  • Trish Fairweather Cody, Gil St. Bernard’s School (Gladstone, N.J.)
  • Eileen Cunningham Feikens, Dwight Englewood School (Englewood, N.J.)
  • Rhody Davis, Viewpoint School (Calabasas, Calif.)
  • Erin Day, Brentwood School (Los Angeles, Calif.)
  • Paul Greene, United Nations International School (New York, N.Y.)
  • Wendy Grubb, St. Mary’s Dominican High School (New Orleans, La.)
  • Jill Gully, Winward School (Los Angeles, Calif.)
  • Megan Harlan, Groton School (Groton, Mass.)
  • Marcia Hunt, Pine Crest School (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.)
  • Quenby Jackson-Mott, Kinkaid School (Houston, Tex.)
  • Leya Jones, Cary Academy (Cary, N.C.)
  • Melissa Lanctot, Bush School (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Daniel Lee, Garfield High School (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Lenny Libenzon, Brookline High School (Brookline, Mass.)
  • Emily Livelli, Georgetown Day School (Washington, D.C.)
  • Monica Lopez, Episcopal High School (Bellaire, Tex.)
  • Matt Mettille, Menlo School (Atherton, Calif.)
  • Carolyn Middleton, Berkeley Carroll School (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
  • Alec Milton, Trinity School (New York, N.Y.)
  • Elizabeth Pili, Horace Mann School (New York, N.Y.)
  • Elizabeth Pleshette, Chicago Latin School (Chicago, Ill.)
  • Kate Ramsdell, Noble & Greenough School (Dedham, Mass.)
  • Kathy Reilly, Iona Preparatory School (New Rochelle, N.Y.)
  • Veda Robinson, Edmund Burke School (Washington, D.C.)
  • Elaine Sylvester, Boston Latin School (Boston, Mass.)
  • Mitchell Thompson, Scarsdale High School (Scarsdale, N.Y.)
  • Nicole Thompson, American School of London (London, England)
  • Gloria Diaz Ventura, Flint Ridge Preparatory School (La Canada Flint Ridge, Calif.)
  • Jawaan Wallace, Marlborough School (Los Angeles, Calif.)
  • Ari Worthman, Lakeside School (Seattle, Wash.)


For questions or to RSVP, please contact Shawn L. Abbott, Vice Provost for Admissions, Financial Aid & Enrollment Management.


Temple University was founded in 1884 as a night school for working class Philadelphians aspiring to the American dream. As Philadelphia’s only 4-year public university, we are now one of the top 50 largest universities in America with campuses in Philadelphia, Rome and Tokyo.

We offer more than 500 academic programs and we are among America’s largest educators in the combined fields of dentistry, law, medicine, pharmacy and podiatry. In the last year, Temple students became Rhodes, Goldwater, and Gilman Scholars.

Our bustling main campus is set against the backdrop of the Philadelphia skyline in America’s first World Heritage City. Green space, athletic facilities and eclectic architecture ranging from the historic Temple Performing Arts Center to an emerging state-of-the-art Charles Library form a vibrant residential setting. More than 300 student organizations, including Temple’s NCAA Division I athletic programs, thrive on campus.