Philadelphia, PA
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$23,422 ($13,596)
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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The student life on campus is great. I enjoy visiting my friends' dorms and enjoy playing games. The people are nice and friendly. The Howard Gittis Center is an awesome place for students to hang out because there are student lounges, a game room, a cinema, a food court, organizations and fun activities to do.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The academic programs at Temple are phenomenal. Although it depends on the professor teaching the programs, I know that many of the programs at the Fox School of Business, Boyer College of Music, and Tyler School of Art are great. The social scene is great too because many students hang out near the Temple Bell Tower and socialize in the Student Center. The campus facilities like the Paley Library, Technology Center, and the Howard Gittis Student Center is are always open for students to use. Temple also provides many scholarship, internships, and job opportunities for students as well.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: There are many clubs and organizations on campus, but with the large school size, it's hard to make a lot of close relationships with regular students.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: I really love the Media Studies and Production program. There are many professional, qualified professors that are passionate about the subject. The student body is generally nice and dedicated, and full of school spirit. There's just many connections to be made through the school and the city.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: Being in a city there is little green space and I know that turns a lot of people away but we have very nice facilities with lots of space for students to work with up to date technology alone or with other students. Greek life is also really active with lots of different events that anyone can go to like the Greek Showcase where all of the sororities and fraternities group up to create performances and really go all out.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 38th
    Best Student Centers
  • 112nd
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 259th
    Best Performance Venues
  • 522nd
    Greenest Campuses
  • 1051st
    Best Library

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

The student recreation center is expanding. The University is constantly buying nearby land in an attempt to solve the housing problem. There are numerous facilities already available, including basketball courts, weight rooms, and swimming pools, where students can enjoy numerous recreational activities. There are also racquetball and handball courts spread throughout campus. These gyms also offer classes such as yoga, Pilates, and aerobics. Best of all, they are never crowded.

Thankfully, some dorms on campus have a game room or a fitness center, for which there is no charge. Ladies and gentlemen, on the less traditional side, there is a nail and unisex salon on campus. If you’re against using the washers and dryers at the dorms based on the cost, you can always become friends with an upperclassman student and do your laundry at his or her house.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
330 acres
Student Centers
Howard Gittis Student Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Paley Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Bell Tower
  • Howard Gittis Student Center
  • Liacouras Walk
  • Paley Library
  • Speakman Hall
Bar on Campus
  • Draught Horse
  • Maxi's Pizza Subs & Bar
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Saxbys
  • Starbucks
Movie Theater on Campus
  • The Pearl Theatre
  • The Reel
"Green" Initiatives
All of the water fountains on campus have filters and separate spouts for water bottles.
School Slang
  • 1300: A dorm that has never been given a name
  • The Atrium: A place where parties are held on North Broad Street
  • BTMM: This is a major in the School of Communications that stands for "Broadcast Television and Mass Media."
  • Caf: The cafeteria located at Johnson and Hardwick
  • Diamond Dollars: Credit on your ID that can purchase food, books, and other stuff on campus
  • IBC: A gym and exercise facility
  • IH: "Intellectual heritage"; mandatory classes rumored to be very difficult to pass
  • J&H: Johnson and Hardwick Hall Dining Facility
  • JPRA: This is a major in the School of Communications that stands for "Journalism, Public Relations, and Advertising."
  • Listserv: Community email service usually used by majors or organizations; students can receive useful information, as well as a lot of junk email.
  • Lunch truck: Any of the trucks on campus which serve food; the most popular ones are given names, or else they are referred by which building they are in front of.
  • MCPB: This is an organization that plans events for students; the acronym stands for the Main Campus Program Board.
  • New Res: The dorm also known as "Park Mall"
  • Orchid Room: A place where parties are held on North Broad Street
  • Plaza: Plaza Pizza
  • The Sac: Student Activities Center
  • SCAT: School of Communications and Theater
  • TSG: Temple Student Government
  • TUFF: Temple University Fitness Facility
  • Bill Cosby speaking at commencement: All graduates look forward to seeing funnyman Bill Cosby speak at their graduation. He's never a disappointment, and it's an awesome way to end your time at Temple.
  • Block Parties: Twice a year, areas of campus turn into a giant outdoor party, (e.g., the block parties). The parties consist of food, music, games, and tons of fun.
  • CafĂ© jams: The student-run radio station will play music while you dine at the cafeteria. They usually will promote an event that is coming up on campus, as well.
  • Homecoming: Homecoming is a week-long annual event held in October, traditionally used to celebrate the return of the football team, but it is now more geared toward promoting school spirit. Organizations, clubs, and schools set up booths outside the Bell Tower area. There are games, food, and outdoor activities. Other events include a football game, a comedy show, a party, and a skating or bowling party.
  • Probates: If you can find out about them in time, you can see the new Greeks cross. For a viewer, it is a show to watch some good stepping; for the Greeks, it's more of a rite of passage.
  • Program Board Fair: Interested in joining one of Temple's most popular and largest organizations? Main Campus Program Board has a fair to recruit new members. This is a good way for freshmen to meet a lot of people and get involved. Members can also get hookups at parties and other events thrown by the organization.
  • Spirit of Philadelphia: Voted one of Temple's best events, cruising along the Delaware River on the Spirit of Philadelphia is an excellent-not to mention cheap-way to spend an evening. Students can dress up-or not-and party all night on the cruise ship. The party is about $10 for the cruise, transportation to and from the boat, and finger foods.
  • Spring Fling: The Spring Fling is annual event held in April, which has a similar setup to Homecoming. There are week-long events, and booths are set up outside the Bell Tower. There is also usually a party or a dance at the end.
  • Taste of Philly: One of the first events of the semester, Taste of Philly gives students the opportunity to get acquainted with the different dishes Philly has to offer. During the event, the student center is filled with sample foods from different restaurants. Grab a ticket and get it punched to receive the different samples, ranging from Indian cuisine to pizza to Buffalo wings.
Urban Legends
  • Basketball coach John Chaney (who retired as of 2006) may look like an owl, but he is not one, nor is he a cross-breed of one.
  • Many believe that Temple is a five-year university, but it is not. It is possible to graduate within four years.
  • Successful people attend Temple, but never graduate.
  • Temple girls are easy.
  • Yes, the Liacouras Center was once named the Apollo.
Favorite Things To Do
The Bell Tower is the center of campus, and throughout the year, it is the site of events such as Spring Fling and Fall Fest, which create both networking and social opportunities. In addition to that, on campus, you can do everything from go to the movies at the Reel to attend an open mic night in the Underground. You can catch a play on campus at Tomlinson Theater, see a movie at Tuttleman for a dollar, play pool or video games at the game room, catch your favorite daytime talk show or soap opera in the TV rooms, hit the gym for a quick workout, or attend an event or lecture hosted by different student organizations.
Student Organizations Web Site
Student Newspaper
The Temple News
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
Any kind of student organization you can imagine is available at Temple.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 138 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 14 responses

  • 24% Howard Gittis Student Center
  • 18% Bell Tower
  • 15% Tech Center
  • 12% Liacouras Walk
  • 9% Tyler School of Art
  • 6% Morgan dining court
  • 6% Annenberg Atrium
  • 6% Paley Library
  • 3% Johnson and hardwick residence hall
  • 3% Speakman Hall

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 13 responses

  • 21% Block Parties
  • 21% Taste of Philly
  • 18% Homecoming
  • 13% Spring Fling
  • 8% Probates
  • 8% Spirit of Philadelphia
  • 5% Café jams
  • 3% Bill Cosby speaking at commencement
  • 3% Program Board Fair

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 12 responses

  • 24% Tech Center
  • 24% Eat at New Food Trucks
  • 10% Work out at IBC
  • 10% Rock wall
  • 10% Working in Campus Lawnchairs
  • 7% Play basketball at Pearson
  • 7% Eat at morgan
  • 7% Maxis

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 173 responses

  • 2% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 12% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 34% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 52% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 153 responses

  • 4% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 7% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 58% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 31% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 6 responses

  • 60% Work-study
  • 20% Bookstore
  • 10% Owl Ambassador
  • 10% Teaching assistant

What is the most interesting urban legend about campus?    Based on 12 responses

  • 58% Bill Cosby graduated from temple
  • 33% Founder buried right on campus
  • 8% Andrew Hussie graduated from temple

What are the worst on-campus student jobs?    Based on 5 responses

  • 33% 7-Eleven
  • 33% Food services
  • 33% Maintenance



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