What is the workload like?
For the student who loves learning and plans wisely, the work is not only manageable but enjoyable.
The Templeton course load includes extensive reading and writing. Most classes are discussion-based, so students are expected to come to class each day having critically engaged with the reading and prepared to discuss it. Templeton professors work with high expectations for their students’ increasing maturity of conviction and expression in both conversation and writing. While the load may sometimes be heavy, all work is completed within the context of the supportive Templeton community.
Will I have time to play sports and take part in extra-curricular activities?
Yes. All college students have to learn to manage their time and their school work, but Templeton students are equally capable of making time for all sorts of activities outside of class. Many Templeton students are part of Eastern’s sports teams, clubs, intramurals, music groups, and various ministries at local churches.
Can I work on campus?
Yes. The majority of Templeton students hold part-time jobs during their time at Eastern. There are a variety of jobs available to students with and without federal work study. It is a student’s responsibility to apply for jobs. Updates about available on-campus jobs are posted regularly on Eastern’s website. Templeton students have worked in the dining commons, Jammin’ Java (campus coffee shop), and library. You may also have the opportunity to work for professors as teaching or research assistants.
Many students also choose to branch out and find jobs in the surrounding area. There are numerous retail and restaurant jobs available in the nearby town of Wayne, and as Eastern is located in a residential area, there are always families looking for help with childcare and landscaping.
Are there internships available to Templeton students?
Yes. Templeton students have the opportunity to intern in a variety of fields. In the past students have interned for advertising agencies, financial firms, the district attorney’s office, museums in Philadelphia, and non-profit organizations.
Templeton students are highly qualified; those interested in seeking out internships usually have no problem finding them. Templeton faculty and staff are deeply committed to the success of each undergraduate during college and after, and are happy to help with the search.
How does housing work?
Templeton students fully participate in campus life, and live in residence halls with all other Eastern undergraduates.
Can I commute?
Yes. While in most cases we encourage students not only to study but to live in community during their tenure with us, over the years a fair number of students have commuted from home to Eastern’s campus.
What’s the camping trip?
All Templeton students move into their rooms a week earlier than most students in the College of Arts and Sciences, but we don’t stay in Philadelphia for that week. Instead, we pack ourselves, a bunch of tents and a lot food into a few vans and head up to the Adirondacks. We spend the week camping next to a beautiful lake, venturing on scenic hikes, and getting to know each other at ease before classes start the week after. You can learn more about it here.
Do people get jobs? Get into grad school?
Yes. We care a great deal about what you do when you graduate, and we spend a lot of time and energy helping students into the areas they wish to pursue. You can find out more about the stories of our alumni here.
Does Templeton have semesters or trimesters?
Semesters. Eastern and Templeton run on the semester schedule. Students begin fall classes towards the end of August, go on break in the second half of December, and come back in January to study until commencement in May.
Can I visit Templeton?
Of course! We encourage students to visit, meet with our Director of Recruitment, Ms. Meganne Beach, and sit in on a class if possible. Visiting is the best way to get an idea of whether Templeton is the place for you, and you can schedule a visit through Eastern’s Admissions department.
What if I can’t visit?
We understand that many students simply can’t make it to all the colleges they want to see. If you’re unable to visit Templeton it will not affect your chances of gaining a place in the program.
What is the faculty-to-student ratio?
In your first couple of years most of your Templeton classes will have 17 other students in them, and class sizes gradually get smaller. Faculty regularly make themselves available to talk and discuss issues with students outside of class time. In addition, Templeton has its own dedicated support staff to help and mentor you through the program.
What is the interview like?
The interview for Templeton is a thoughtful conversation, usually 30-45 minutes long. You will sit down with a couple of professors who will pose questions and engage with your responses. It is difficult to “prepare” for the interview, as we do not make a pool of potential questions available beforehand: all we ask is that you embrace the discussion and show us how you think.
What is the group interview?
The group interview is a chance for you to participate in a “class” much like our first-year seminars, and for us to see how you interact with your peers in that setting. A professor will moderate as you discuss with 6-10 other applicants a passage that will be distributed at the beginning of the interview.