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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: I have two things that i find particularly spectacular about Temple University. One, would be the diversity. You will experience a daily routine like none other based off of the different people around you each and every day. You will occasionally learn more walking to class then in the actual class that day. Two, would be the education program. The College of Education at Temple has to be one of the most helpful and well structured programs in the area. All advisors and instructors thrive of seeing their students succeed. Advisors are always patient and willing to help with all issues.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Temple, due to its' location in the heart of North Philadelphia, is dangerous at nighttime. For the most part as long as you stay with a group you should be fine. Both Campus police and Philadelphia police are constantly riding around to maintain safety off campus.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: At Temple, you will find one of the most diverse campus's around. All races, religions, and personalties are on hand and for the most part, everyone is friendly. You have extremely attractive individuals and some not so much. There are those who are incredibly fashionable and others who look like they have never heard of fashion. Overall, Temple is a wonderful school and the student body is a great representation of that.

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: The Nightlife is definitely above average. There is always somewhere to go and if you cannot get in to one place, it is simply on to the next house. All parties are entertaining and fun as long as you are aware and making conscious decisions. The walking around off campus is a slight issue but as long as you do not travel alone, you'll be fine!

3 College Student

Majors: The architecture program can be hard to get into if your GPA is not high. Also, after the first two years, you have to re-apply into your specific architecture major. If trying to get into preservation or facilities management, as long as your GPA is ok, you're almost guaranteed acceptance to continue. The design track is much more selective as there are a limited number of spots. Basically, you need an outstanding portfolio, along with the other application materials (including recommendations) in order to be accepted.

3 College Student

Technology: There are lots of computers around campus and mostly in the tech lab, however, sometimes it can be difficult to find an empty spot. I would recommend having a personal computer, but it may not be necessary to have a printer. There are lots of printers available for various needs, and you automatically have some credits that will pay for a limited number of papers up to 11x17. Just try not to wait until the last minute to print assignments in case you can't get a computer right away to print from.

2 College Student

Health & Safety: There are lots of campus officers in the area, however, the surrounding area even just off of campus can be unsafe at times. Theft is the most common crime, so just keep aware of your surroundings when traveling, try to travel with others, don't have anything out or viewable that could be a target for theft, and try to live close enough to be able to use the campus shuttle for traveling home at night.

4 College Student

Majors: I am an architecture major who transferred from another school. I am slightly disappointed in the foundation program because studio is so large, you don't get much personal feedback unless you seek it (even outside of class) and know exactly what you want to ask. Also, be prepared to empty your wallet nearly every project, 'cause that's pretty much what is expected of you. Yet, on a more positive note, the large classes allow lots of varying ideas to be seen, and you can learn much from classmates as well as the multiple professors teaching each class. Any school's architecture program is rough on the workload, especially the first couple of years as they try to weed out those who will continue, but if you were born for architecture, this school can have a lot to offer.

3 College Student

Campus Quality: The tech center and library have so much to offer that it can be confusing at first, but the staff are usually very helpful and willing to answer questions and guide you through what you're trying to accomplish. Note: as many different computer areas are in the tech center, there are still times when it is nearly impossible to find an empty spot, so don't rely on being able to use one at the last minute.

3 College Student

Transportation: There are lots of options: taxi, train, bus, campus shuttle. The shuttles provide free transportation to either on-campus housing or housing in the direct surrounding areas for dusk to dawn hours. Buses are cheaper than the train and run constantly; however, the trains are typically more secure.

College Student

Parking: Parking on campus is limited, but having a car on campus is not entirely a necessity. If you live on campus or within close proximity, walking or biking is common and may actually be more time-saving. There are also several public transportation options for travel off-campus.

3 College Freshman

Majors: At this moment, my major is film. I enjoy my major and I don't want to change it. I didnt really like my film lecture class because the professor that we had never taught before and thus people complained a lot and didnt really do well on their midterms. Media Arts I will either break you or make you and that's what they try to do in the class. If I could do it over again, which I will do in the spring semester, is study more. Although I passed all of my classes, my grades weren't where I wanted them to be. My goal is to obtain a career in film editing. There is some concerns regarding if I will be able to get a job as soon as I graduate so that's the only iffy part. But I heard that if you can get a lot of internships and build up your resume it shouldn't be a problem.

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: There are different dining halls on campus. They have the student center, J&H (a dining hall and residence) and they also have different food carts on campus. Temple gives you Diamond Dollars which is sort of like a debit card. You start off the year with $150 on your card and you can use it for food, laundry, etc. But don't be frisky with it and just use it like you please. I learned the hard way.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Temple University is very diverse. There are people from different countries, cities, states, etc. Everyone has their own fashion for there are a few that will stand out from a crowd. Social life is fun for because there is plenty to do. We have two movie theaters on campus; one is ran by temple and the other is just an AMC theater. Some students also go downtown and visit South Street and or try the different restaurants. There are always house parties so it shouldn't be hard to find a party over the weekend.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: There are a ton of opportunities to find things to do at Temple. The biggest convenience is that you are in Philly - you can explore the city. You can go to shows and concerts, see plays or movies, go to bars or clubs, go to the zoo, see a sports game, go shopping, go to excellent restaurants, visit other schools, and so much more. Temple has great night life on campus as well. There are ALWAYS house parties for those who are under 21, and there's a bar scene for those that are 21.

5 College Junior

Academics: The academics at Temple are incredible. One of the main reasons going there is a good choice is that there is a huge amount of options when it comes to majors and studies. If you want to switch your major, there is an extremely high chance you would not need to transfer to another college. Temple has excellent ratings on their programs and are very well known for some of their schools. The Tyler School of Art is ranked #13 in the nation, as I have been told. The Fox School of Business is also highly regarded in the business world. Temple's academics are challenging and highly educational.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is present but not very dominate at Temple University. The frats are just usually for parties.

2 College Junior

Weather: School is always open. don't expect closings for anything.

4 College Junior

Transportation: The Train takes you to everywhere a student needs to go; Center City is 7 mins on the train.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: I love the student life on campus. There are always organizations to join, and events you can go to. Food places are around every corner when you want to have lunch with friends, and most buildings have chairs that you can hang out in.

3 College Junior

Majors: As a Kinesiology major I felt that I had little guidance navigating through my major. The main issue that everyone faces in this program is getting into the right classes ON TIME. As for admission I entered in as a freshman so basically if you take care of business in high school you will be fine. Science grades along with SAT scores may be the most important.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: All the students look pretty average. Most are from Pennslyvania and the surrounding states, so you find them wearing the same fashion more or less.

2 College Junior

Majors: As a junior Kinesiology major, many of the undergrad courses thus far have tended to be overcrowded lecture halls. However as one continues through the program, the lectures of 200+ students change to classrooms of 40-50.
It is almost impossible to graduate on time due to core courses filling up too quickly (i.e too many students and not enough professors). Under the Exercise and Sports Science track advisers help with the interning process but I recommend finding your own.

3 College Junior

Administration: Its strict in terms keeping safety around campus. But as far as drinking and stuff, if you don't make it obvious what your doing it should be fine.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are plenty of house parties and frats to go to at night. There is always something to do within walking distance of the campus.

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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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