Philadelphia, PA
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5 College Freshman

Facilities: At Temple there are plenty of places to study or hangout such as the library, outside on the Liacouras Walk, at the Beury Beach, at the student center, and so much more. One thing that I really love about this school is how many trees and plants it has for being in such a big city. It still has a little bit of nature on campus that makes it really beautiful, especially in the spring and summer. There are SO MANY student activities. Just to name a few: sports events, clubs, Fun Fridays, The Reel ($2 movies), and so much more. Most events on campus are free to students. If they are not free they are very inexpensive. Anyone can find something that they will love to do at Temple, there are so many activities to chose from.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: our performing arts and visual arts are very good, there are lots of students productions shows in the building lobby, and the library and tech center are always full of students, some time it's just hard to find a seat, i think it may be need to be extension. the dining actually have many choice, and it near to the campus.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: From the various classes I've attended I noticed that there are areas for students who are wheelchair bound able to get to classes via elevators and ramps.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Honestly, it's not only because I am biased to my school, but also because Temple University is constantly in motion to improve everything they can. Only going into my sophomore year, I have already witnessed a brand new Science Research facility that is also considered a "green" building built right in front of my eyes during my freshman year, a new football stadium in the works of being developed, a new housing facility that was just built last year, and two new dining options all within my freshman year. Temple is always trying to better the area inside and out while simultaneously staying on top of new and ever-growing trends, technology, and advances in society. I could not be more proud of the school I go to, because I know and am able to witness first-hand the constant dedication to improve and grow that Temple exhibits.

4 College Junior

Facilities: If you ever need a quiet place to study the student center, libraries and green spaces are the way to go, but when it's midterms and finals week, it will be packed, so it's best to know which spots will be more available. When there's campus events or activities, you'll see it and hear about it everywhere. Join the fun and don't miss 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 149 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 18 responses

  • 18% Howard Gittis Student Center
  • 16% Bell Tower
  • 14% Liacouras Walk
  • 14% Tech Center
  • 11% Morgan dining court
  • 7% Paley Library
  • 7% Tyler School of Art
  • 5% Speakman Hall
  • 5% Annenberg Atrium
  • 5% Johnson and hardwick residence hall

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 17 responses

  • 23% Block Parties
  • 21% Taste of Philly
  • 17% Homecoming
  • 15% Spring Fling
  • 6% Probates
  • 6% Spirit of Philadelphia
  • 4% Bill Cosby speaking at commencement
  • 4% Café jams
  • 2% Program Board Fair

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 16 responses

  • 23% Tech Center
  • 23% Eat at New Food Trucks
  • 15% Work out at IBC
  • 8% Rock wall
  • 8% Working in Campus Lawnchairs
  • 8% Play basketball at Pearson
  • 8% Eat at morgan
  • 5% Maxis
  • 3% Be in the social Circles

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 11 responses

  • 45% Work-study
  • 23% Bookstore
  • 14% Teaching assistant
  • 14% Owl Ambassador
  • 5% Bartending

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 10 responses

  • 50% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 40% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 10% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

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 157 responses

  • 4% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 8% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 57% 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 is the most interesting urban legend about campus?    Based on 16 responses

  • 50% Bill Cosby graduated from temple
  • 44% Founder buried right on campus
  • 6% Andrew Hussie graduated from temple

What are the worst on-campus student jobs?    Based on 10 responses

  • 37% Maintenance
  • 32% 7-Eleven
  • 32% Food services



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