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Reviews 3887 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Most of the available off campus dining options are withing walking distance. The prices aren't half bad, and there are a lot of options.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I'm out of state, so I got a pretty good scholarship, but it's not inexpensive to go to Temple.

3 College Freshman

Weather: typical east coast weather, chilly in winter, wear a coat to class

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: SO MANY HOT GUYS ahhh. skaters, jocks, artsy, everything. its great.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Pretty dangerous further off campus, but on campus is really safe, there are temple and philadelphia police, and security always present. Off-campus is another issue, but staying on campus keeps the danger away

2 College Freshman

Campus Quality: All buildings and facilities are clean and well-kept, and the evironmental sustainability program at the school is getting up and running. Some buildings- Anderson, Gladfelter, Barton, Paley Library, Peabody Hall- are pretty old, but the Tech Center, the Student Center, Liacouras Center, Mitten Hall, and most of the dorms are really nice and new. There will be new dorms for 2013 that look amazing. The food kind of sucks, and there aren't many options unless you use Diamond Dollars. Campus is basically like high school, many in-state people, and very big. Find a group and everyone is friendly, but its so big that you can get lost among the people, but not on the relatively small campus. Lots of construction and noise, but its the city.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Some are close to school, some are further, and most are less expensive than dorms, so most people choose to live off-campus by sophomore year. The majority of the housing is pretty low-quality, good for parties, but are really ugly row houses in run-down North Philly. Not particularly safe, but if you're with roommates and good neighbors, they're fine.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Religious and political protests occur a lot, lots of racial diversity among whites, blacks, and asians, economic background varies because it is a big state school, and there is a gay community that fits into the school

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There is a lot of housing available, but often the community members are not welcoming to students residing in the area. Also, because many of us have few choices other than renting in the local community, housing can often be overpriced. Many of the landlords are reliable, but housing owned by larger businesses may change management companies one or more times throughout the year.

Parking is not a large issue. We have many commuters who park in the area every day. However, on blocks commonly inhabited by students, there are 2 hour parking restrictions without a permit. You cannot get a permit as a renter. Additionally, the Liacouras Garage will rent a space to you for a semester, however you have to operate by their hours.

The university hosts off campus housing fairs several times each year, showcasing many landlords and management companies in the surrounding area and even a bit beyond.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: You have everyone at temple: Gangsters, hippies, preps, goths, metrosexuals

5 College Junior

Diversity: Temple is the place to be if you want diversity. Every ethnicity, sexuality and religion is here. You don't see too many rich kids at temple though

3 College Junior

Weather: Always Open – Temple will stay open no matter what so you better bring your snow boots. Parking is impossible when it snows because they do a terrible job clearing the sides of the streets

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Temple has a huge police and security force. I believe Temple has the 3rd largest police force in PA. They are usually quick to respond to an incident. There are security workers at the entrance of each building and bike cops patrol the campus at all times. However, Temple is located in a terrible part of Philadelphia. I generally feel pretty safe while on campus but as a commuter student it can be pretty dangerous walking to your car or the train station after dark. There is on-campus parking but it costs around $400.00 per semester.

3 College Junior

Local Area: Not Boring – Temple University is located on Broad Street in Philadelphia. There is plenty to do on and near campus. Plus, there is a train station just a couple blocks away with a security guard post. The only issue is safety. Due to the high amount of violent crimes near Temple's campus it is best to stay in well lit areas and travel in large groups.

3 College Senior

Technology: Despite all efforts on the University's part, the tech center is always packed from around 11am until 6 or so. Finals week is insanely busy, and the printing allocation is too low ($21). The wireless is fairly dependable and has a decent strength almost anywhere on campus.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There is a decent amount of variety, but not many open past 9pm or so.

1 College Senior

Parking: Well, parking on campus is a competitive sport. You must get to campus early if you plan on parking around the school. The permits are crazy priced, so don't do that. If you leave yourself enough time, you should be able to find a free spot that's within walking distance to campus.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: I feel that the health services on campus could be improved. The lines are usually very long and the wait time is terrible. A more expedited process would be nice. That being said, the services that are provided and are fantastic. I especially like Dr. Brown. He's a very nice man who definitely tries to help each student to his best ability.

Safety on campus seems to be very good. The police officers are constantly biking around campus and stationing themselves in precarious areas.

4 College Senior

Athletics: Temple has a huge following for its variety of sports team and the week before a game there are people selling t-shirts and even student tickets so you always know when a game is going to happen soon.

2 College Senior

Greek Life: About 4% of Temple's student body is involved in Greek Life. Temple doesn't build micro-communities, but builds a greater campus wide commnity. The Greek Life that is on campus hosts the parties, and anyone not in Greek Life are indifferent to that that are. Greek housing is basic...the houses are nothing to brag about but they are liveable. Greek Life is nice to have, but not necessary to be apart of Temple's community as there are many more specialized clubs.

3 College Senior

Weather: If you have gorwn up in areas that get snow, lots of rain, and then blistering, hummid summers then Temple's weather will be nothing special. In the winter, the sidewalks are taken care of well enough so that walking to and from class is not terrible dangerous.
The biggest draw back is that Temple rarely cancells classed due to snow and if you commute, you will need to keep that in mind when trying to get to classes.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Temple has an excellent campus for students. The Tech Center is very advanced and helpful because there are so many computer and you can print. The printer is double sided, which saves paper. The Student Activity Center (SAC) has a convienient bookstore downstairs and a variety of good places to eat upstairs. The gym is nice and has a lot of equipment to work out with.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: It has a lot of programs to help students in any way possible. The campus is very pretty and the people are friendly. Everything is technologically up to date and organized. Overall it is a good atmosphere and I am learning a lot.

1 College Freshman

Parking: There is parking and there is space but like 15$ overnight. On your way to class you might want to park blocks away

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Gym and brand new basketball, pong pong, bad mitten?. Many places to play sports and work out and run on a track team.


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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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