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Reviews 3827 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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2 College Sophomore

Parking: Finding parking in the day is a big hassle. Parking prices for Temple are too high. Ticketing seems low. Need for a car on campus - low to none.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Pros - availability, cost, landlords

Cons - safety - the neighborhoods surrounding Temple are bad in 3 out of 4 directions


Convenience and parking are average

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Esposito Dining Hall- the best TUDining location, buffet style all-you-can-eat, decent food quality and variety but could be better (especially at night).

Walker Dining Hall- decent food quality, variety only ok, price cap per meal too low or each item is over-priced, tables don't get cleaned enough, closes too early, Pacific West indian food stand is lousy (replaced the excellent Mein Bowl)

Other locations- Poor value and variety, decent quality

4 College Sophomore

Technology: Temple University has one of the biggest and best equipped computer labs on the east coast. Functionality of the computer are well maintained. Seat capacity does get filled around exam times, usually it is not hard to find a spot.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: I am in a Fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha, but it is not technically part of Greek life. However, Temple does have a pretty active Greek life and there are many options to students who are interested. Some of them do throw parties often, but the houses in which they are thrown are generally pretty run-down. However, many of our Greeks do a great deal of community outreach, in and out of the Philly area. Some Fraternities are labeled with drinking stigmas; some are not; some even have dry policies. It is the type of thing that you have to get information on each individual group. Non Greek students pay little attention to whether you are Greek or not.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Temple is technically a dry campus, but I don't actually understand how they get away with that distinction: there is a bar on the main stretch, Liacouras walk. The dorms etc. are obviously dry. There is a pretty heavy drinking scene off campus, as to be expected with many colleges. Drinkers tend to walk about late at night on weekends, which really isn't safe in the North Philly area. I can't that there is much peer pressure to drink or to drugs. Temple is really the type of school where you do what you want, and you hang out with who you want. There are so many different scenes here and you are free to pick and choose. However, there are many smokers, and there is a pretty big weed market. Temple is home to a pretty high number of potheads.

4 College Junior

Academics: As a music major, much of my curriculum is outside the coursework of an average Temple student. However, I can speak about the Gen Ed courses. They are for the most part excellent, and most of the teachers actually do show interest in the courses they teach. I have had very accessible, nice, and knowledgeable professors who have been able to guide me and provide extra effort to make sure that I could earn an A. There are some courses however, that I wish I did not have to take, and Gen Ed workload is pretty heavy considering that it is outside of your major. On a different note, Temple has recently upgraded their online registration process, and finding classes and registering is now extremely easy and intuitive.

4 College Junior

Academics: I am Music Education major at Temple, and could not be happier with my course of study. The teachers are extremely helpful, knowledgeable, and available to work with you. The curriculum is extremely well-rounded; I have taken extensive courses in Theory, History, Education, Technology, Conducting, etc. in both Classical and Jazz realms. Temple has many master classes, in which a renowned professional musician will come and work with the students personally. Recently we had composer Ola Gjeilo and Pianist Cyrus Chestnut teach and perform with us. Temple also guides you and gives you a student teaching placement during your last semester of study. I feel very prepared to move forward with my career.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: As a freshman the Johnson and Hardwick halls give the best freshman experience with a very convenient dining hall downstairs. The newly built Morgan hall in suit style build is going to be an amazing housing option with a food court downstairs. Housing is not guaranteed after freshman year so most students get their own apartments.

3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: for me theres many gyms that are brand new, but theres only one library and not many hangouts at night other then parties because the streets are not safe. Theres not many traditions or green space being in the city.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Well, there is only a few place on campus that take meal plans. But food trucks and a wide variety of low cost restaurants on campus provide really good and assessable food.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: Only like 3 percent of students go greek. Pledging is non hazing and very easy compared to other schools. Many kids are in frats that you would never think would be a "frat guy". Girls who go greek aren't that hot compared to the rest of the student body.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Temple is located only 4 stops away from center city Philly. With that being said you can find every type of food in Philly as well as on campus with food trucks.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: At temple there is an extremely wide range of girl types. the school is huge and provides many options as far as other students. Students generally dress very urban.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Well our football program is really weak, combined with low turn outs to nearly every sport other then basketball makes Temple defiantly non A worthy. However all sports are D-1 and our basketball games are a lot of fun. Other then mens basketball don't expect much from the students.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The rooms and facilities are pretty good. The RAs RDs and Staff are very friendly.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The off campus dining options have a huge variety of places to choose from. For convenience, most places deliver food directly to the dorms. One of my favorite places to eat at on the weekends is Qdoba because it is located right on the corner of Broad st. and Cecil B Moore ave. Another cool place to eat at is U-Got-Munchies because they offer a huge variety of delicious burgers and are usually open very late.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The food is good once a week. Mostly just cafeteria quality.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: As many may say, Temple comes with the non-stop commototion of crime surrounging it. However, these crimes that unfortunately occur are aways off-campus. This doesn't necessarily mean you are totally safe on-campus, because people in the surrounding areas are so close. To put students at ease, there are several bike cops that roam campus at all hours of the day. On a good note, i rarely feel unsafe even when walking alone at night on campus because campus is very lit, and there are cops at every corner almost. Also, when something alerting happens on or near campus, a TU alert is immediately sent out to all students, notifying them of the current situation. Overall, I think we are in good hands as students, and I do feel safe.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: The overall atmosphere at Temple University should stand at an A. The urban surroundings make it anyhing but boring, and the people who surround us everyday are always friendly and outgoing. With the surrounding city being Philadelphia, there is alwyays something to do, and you are never restricted to just staying on campus. With the diverse culture Temple has to offer, there is always an event that supports different ethnic groups, and keeping the culture alive. With our football team being in the Big East this past fall, there were always football games to attend at the Lincoln Financial field for FREE if you are a student, and basketball season brings fun and excitment as well! Overall, the location of our school makes you feel as if you are surrounded by fun and excitment, and also a way to always be connected to the city.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: The two main places to use our meal plans would be the J&H dining hall, as well as the student center food court. Both of these places offer a great variety of foods, and I am always satisfied after leaving. the dining hall is known for its buffet style, and if you are looking to eat a variety of things at once, with making your own portion size, then that is the place to be. If you want something specific, and are willing to use a whole meal on it, then the SAC food court is more fitting. Furthermore, both places offer a great assortment of foods, for anyone's appetitie.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining to me would be described as convenienet. While there are only two main places to use our meal plans, the off-campus dining options give students unlimited options at times that are convenient for them. While on Liacouras Walk, you will find plently of food options, and most you are able to use diamond dollars at, with acceptable prices. Also, the food trucks are a fast way to get what you were lookig for, with a great variety so you can never go wrong.

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.

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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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