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4 College Sophomore

Weather: Campus has never been drastically affected by the weather. We don't receive much snow during the winter season. In the past two years I could probably count the number of snow falls we've had on one hand. If it weren't for the cold temperatures, usually around 30 degrees, the winter would be just as lively as the fall and spring seasons.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Temple and provided me with limited financial aid. The most part I received mostly subsidized and unsubsidized loans. Most of the money Temple has to offer to students is divvied to the honors students. The best advice I can give to get the most out of financial aid a temple is to apply as early as possible. The earlier you apply the more money you are likely to receive.

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Since I've attended Temple i've met people from an assortment of places all over the world. I've met people from Vietnam, Haiti, Spain, England, Portugal, China, Jamaica, Mexico and Canada. Needless to say, this wide array of diversity implies an even wider array of religious and political views. Temple is a very accepting and tolerable campus. I have never seen someone alienated or discriminated against because of their differences.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Though Temple has many bike cops constantly circulating around campus , it has not stopped Temple students from feeling unsafe, or even robbed at gun point. I can say, however, that Temple is very upfront about any robberies that occur. What we call a TU alert is sent out immediately after the event occurs, telling what happened and what areas to avoid for the time being.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: At this moment, we have one buffet style dining hall and one food court style dining center on campus. There are plenty of great food trucks located on just about every street that have reasonable pricing.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There is a very nice mix of cuisines offered around campus. The only downfall is that they are usually a subway ride away.

4 College Freshman

Technology: The access students have to computers on campus is a definite advantage. Our Tech Center alone houses over 700 computers that are available for student use daily.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Philadelphia is very diverse bringing difference cultures together. South street is so funky and different I love the shops and the food. And Philly is known for its cheesesteak because their so good!

2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The drug scene at Temple University isn't that big unless you hangout and surround yourself with people that do drugs, but I think that can be said about a lot of schools. Although Temple isn't that big on the drug scene it's easily accessible.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: The process for getting into engineering was relatively easy. I was also able to change my concentration with little difficulty.

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greeks are very visible on campus. I considered pledging but realized with Engineering I just couldn't take the risk of affecting my GPA.

2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drinking is more popular then anything else amongst my peers and that isn't that prevalent

4 College Freshman


3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a sufficient amount of off-campus dining options. There is a variety of cuisine options that are cheap and accessible. Many times, they offer pamphlets filled with specials and student discounts. The only drawback to these places is that they close early.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: We're sometimes called 'Diversity University,' but diversity doesn't necessarily equate to tolerance. As a huge and diverse school, there's bound to be a few cases of intolerance, but for the most part [at least in public] everyone appears to be accepting. The LGBT community in particular has been given a lot of support, not just by the students but by the Administration as well.
As an urban university, Temple is of course rather liberal, but there is also an active College Republicans chapter, and you'll still encounter plenty of conservatives (if that's an issue).

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Temple's Student Financial Aid Services have a notorious reputation. That said, students will have to be aggressive when it comes to financial aid. I wouldn't recommend calling them unless it's your only option. Your best bet would be to come in to the office and wait [a while] to speak with them directly.

3 College Freshman

Weather: It sucks that classes don't always get cancelled, but the weather is bearable. It snows and rains sometimes, but then there are some good days when it's nice out.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: street parking is good at night, terrible during the day. You can also pay to park in a lot but it is really expensive.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off-camps housing is easy to find. There are various places students can find. There is also off-campus housing events on campus during the semester to help students with the process.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: I don't have a car, but based off what I heard, it's so hard to find parking and it is incredibly expensive.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Subway is a 3-6 minute walk, train is 6-8 min walk, and the bus has stops outside most dorms. Transportation isn't bad, just annoying because of the price.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: I still find it very clique-y here. It's typical college life and activities - parties on the weekends and not much else.

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: I'ts no Caifornia, but you get a pretty balanced mixture of seasonal weather. There hasn't been a lot of snow in the past few years, but at least it's not too rainy.

1 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: If you are going to live off-campus, please move to another part of the city and make a 10 minute commute. It's dangerous and dismal in the immediate vicinity of Temple. Not to mention, another neighborhood like Fishtown, Northern Liberties, Fairmount, will have WAY more bars, cool places to go out, security, etc.

1 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: There is no way around saying that Temple is right in the middle of a very low income area of Philly. In fact, it is bounded by housing projects on two sides, and there are often muggings and shootings in the vicinity of campus. Very few options to go out and eat or drink outside of campus, and it's a pretty dismal environment.


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Overall, Temple has its ups and downs, but students seem to love it all the same. On the downside, there can be some head-butts with tyrannical teachers, unfriendly cafeteria workers, and the always-frustrating financial aid office. Housing can cause an enormous hassle, and those commuting have to battle with parking or public transportation. Some people don’t feel as though they are prepared for the real world once they leave campus, but others say it’s been an incredible learning experience. Those students that love their experience at Temple all have their own reasons. Some love the atmosphere and found it to be a lot of fun. Others found it to be a great place to grow up and discover themselves. Lots of students take away more from living in a big city than they do from the University. But one thing it seems most students agree on is that the people at Temple University are what really make it a worthwhile experience.

In general, students coming to Temple have big expectations, from both the school and the city. Those that graduate either feel that Temple met their expectations, or if it didn’t, then it was their own fault for not pursuing more opportunities while they were there. Most students feel that Temple provides them with the opportunities that make their college experiences excellent—as long as they are willing to make use of them.

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