New Kids on the Block


Class of 2020 has picked Temple as their new home for several different reasons.


Temple University’s Class of 2020 is the largest and most qualified that the university has ever seen.

Approximately 5,100 new faces will be on campus this year, a university record, and these new students are among the more competitive classes Temple has seen. Class of 2020’s average high school GPA was 3.56 with an average SAT score of 1170- both record numbers for the university.

This year’s freshmen come from 46 different states and 65 different countries, and every one of them with Temple University for one reason or another. Whether it was for a city experience while in college, the chance to cheer on the Temple at Division I athletic events, or the diversity of school, these incoming freshman have all decided to call North Philadelphia their home for the duration of their college experience.

“After I met Dr. Scott Gratson at the open house event, I knew Temple was the place for me,” said freshman media studies and production major Max Eagle.

Eagle knew that he wanted to attend a school in the city to enhance his opportunities in an environment with a huge media presence.

“The passion that Dr. Gratson spoke with about the SMC (School of Media and Communication) made me pick Temple over other Philly area schools like Drexel,” Eagle said.

Daniel Kotas, a biology major from Roxbury, Conn. weighed various factors when he made his decision.

“I picked Temple for all their research opportunities and their medical school with a great reputation. Plus, the price of Temple couldn’t really be beat when compared to all the other city schools that I looked at,” Kotas said.

Freshman journalism major Patrick Bilow from Malone, N.Y.  felt certain after his first visit to Temple.

“As a journalism major, I knew I needed to attend a school with a large media market, Bilow said. “Once I got into Temple, I visited and loved it so I stayed.”


By Connor Clark



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