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Reviews 4329 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Senior

Majors: I am a Biology major at Temple University and overall I believe that I am receiving a good education. I have entered the field of biomedical research and have found that I had a relatively good educational basis for the science my group does. My only major complaint is that the size of the classes tends to result in a black market of test sharing from previous semesters that makes the playing field uneven for students who do not have access to previous exams. The curves for Biology courses also tend to be tailored more for graduate and professional school than for the students. Otherwise Temple has a staff of competent biologists who have a wealth of knowledge to provide.

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2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Its the city, some neighborhood just aren't safe and parking is at a premium. Naturally this doesn't add up to many good reviews.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: At Temple, the green space around the Bell tower is a literal, breath of fresh air. It is a good place to take a break between classes when the weather is nice, and the food trucks are only a few steps away. I am also impressed with the large bookstore.

1 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The financial aid department is terrible. They are not nice people and the line is always busy. However receiving financial aid is fine.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Well the summers are very hot and humid and the winters are freezing cold. The fall and spring have comfortable days mostly. Rain is frequent.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Temple offers a shuttle and the subway is very close. If you live on campus no transportation is needed and everything you need is conveniently located within walking distance.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: I don't mean to brag, but Temple is a pretty good looking campus. It's a big mix of people all from different backgrounds with different styles and interests. Everyone is pretty social and approachable all in all. Of course your going to run across a few stuck up people but that's just life. Huge selection of people to choose from if you are looking for a relationship or just trying to date a little.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Transportation is really great at Temple. Everything you really need is withing walking distance of campus including, hair salons, convenience stores, produce store, shops and even a movie theater. If you want to explore Philadelphia more Septa is right at your disposal. Taking the broad street line, located on the main street where campus is, you can go to Center City for some good eating and shopping, go to museums, concerts and so much more. If you are traveling farther from the Philadelphia area or trying to get home if you live out of state, Temple has its own train station that can take you where you need to go for reasonable prices to.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Because Temple is in the heart of Philly, and on one of the busiest streets in the area, it is very difficult to get parking. You will probably have to circle the block at least 3 times before you can find a spot to park on the street. Not to mention the parking meter people play no games. I have seen so many students get tickets and even get their cars towed. But if you pay for the parking garage its much better. Price is decent, your car is protected and no tickets. But honestly unless your commuting there is no need to have a car on campus. It is so easy to get around campus and Philly. Plus everything you really need is within walking distance anyway.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There are a million places to chose from in the area.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Living on campus you are not allowed to bring alcohol in your dorm room even if you are above the drinking age.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greeks do fundraisers and plan events on campus. Therefore there is always something going on aropund here.

5 College Senior

Health & Safety: Temple University Hospital is part of the college. Temple University has the 2nd largest police force in Pennsylvania. The campus is as bright at midnight as it is a 12 noon. There are so many students nearby at all times that you are extremely safe.

5 College Senior

Technology: I have my own computer but I use the computer lab to print my papers. The computer labs are open all the time so there is never a problem using them. Most people have personal computers not because they need to but because they want to.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: I received some financial aid my first year. I kept a good GPA and every year my financial aid package goes up. My GPA has also earned my two scholarships and a grant as well as work study in my field. I intend to get a good job when I graduate that is why I work to keep my GPA. Temple recoginizes my hard work with financial rewards. I still have time for fun things. I play club soccer and I participate in two other clubs. I also have a social life. I leared to juggle school work and play time and it has paid off.

5 College Senior

Diversity: My house has five room mates - one from India she is Muslim, one African/American and two caucasians and one bi-racial. Three years ago during freshmen orientation I met two gay men, we have been good friends ever since. Campus politics is interesting. During the presidential election the younbg republicans and the young democrats were very active registering voters. Temple is in the city. many students commute Philadelphia is diverse.

3 College Senior

Athletics: Temple Owls are not like Penn State. Our football games are played where the Eagles play. Basketball is more popular because it is played on campus. I go to the games sometimes. I watch them on TV. Temple is in the big city so there is alot more to do that does not involve sports.

5 College Senior

Academics: Temple is one of the best public schools in Pennsylvania. There are many majors. I am a kinesology major and from there I have many options. I am planning a career in physical therapy. My advisor is grewat. She has worked with my since I was a freshmen. I am on track to graduate next year and also on track to apply to grad school. There are free tutors available if you have questions. The lectures have a lot of students but then they break the class down and there are smaller sessioins. I was able to get a wrok study job in Physical Therapy at Temple University Hospital thid year - I get paid, get credit and get experience. This fall I will be a senior. I have an independent study where I am researching autism. You get out of an education what you put into it.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I lived in a dorm my freshmen year. I will be a senior this year and have lived off campus my sophomore, junior and now my senior years. There are so many advantages to off campus housing. You can move in when you sign your lease not the week before classes start. You can stay over breaks and over the summer. My first apartment cost $550. for each of us. There were four of us living there. We also had to pay electric and cable. I learned how to budget and pay on time. Also as students you might qualify for low income electric service from PECO. We are now five roommates so we needed to find a bigger place. We had no problem. Our house has three floors two bathrooms and we each have our own rooms. We bought a small chest freezer and we cook our meals at our apartment saving a lot of money and eating healthier. We are about 5 blocks off campus but the walk is not uphill both ways. Parking can be a problem but I don't have a car so I don't worry about it. I have learned to use the subway and the regional rail to
get around the area. My first landlord was a Temple graduate. He bought and refurbished the apartment. It was brand new when we moved in. My second apartment is a really cool old house. It has the old gas jet fixtures and fireplaces(non-functional) in many of the rooms. About safety - most of the housing around Temple is student housing. People are walking to and from at all hours of the day and night. Temple has the 2nd largest police force in Pennsylvania and it is well lit. You can read a book on the street at midnight. I put a B+ because parking can be a problem if you have a car and sometimes landlords can be hard to contact, but that can be a problem anywhere. I grew up in Dauphin County, Pa so living in Philadelphia has been an experience. I am very happy I choose Temple. There is so much to do.

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5 College Senior

Diversity: The best part about Temple is the diversity! I never expected to learn so much and meet so many types of people when applying to the university. Because of the diversity, I have gained so much especially when it comes to learning more about myself. It is definitely an accepting university of all backgrounds, ages, beliefs, etc! One of Temple's top 10 pros!

4 College Senior

Campus Food: I love J&H going into Temple my 4th year. People say that they get sick of it but I never do. I love the variety of food you can find there, but there is always a few stations that never change. If I were a vegetarian however, I would find it harder because I would feel a bit limited to the salad bar or the vegetarian one. As food the Student Center, I find it harder to try and maintain a healthy diet because I feel that meals can become repetitive, but the food there is also very good. It ranges from wraps, pizza, hoagies, sushi, burritos, paninis, bagels, chicken, salad bar, etc.

There are also small to go places you can use your meal plan for on the go snacks or coffee in most of the buildings.

If you do not have a meal plan, meals are on the expensive side.

5 College Junior

Local Area: Temple is located in Philadelphia!! You got the big sports teams (Temple football games are at the Eagles stadium), great dining and club scene for +18 or +21, Drexel, UPenn, Community College of Phila. and St. Joseph's are all relatively close by as well. Transportation via subway, bus, taxi, bike, walking, is great and very easy to figure out! There are so many cultural activities to do including the Kimmel Center for the Phila. Orchestra, Broadway shows, the PA Ballet, a lot of small theaters, art galleries, museums, ice skating, etc. There are a million things to do.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Most of the freshman dorms are great! It really depends on the experience you're looking for. I was in Johnson/Hardwick on the Boyer LLC because I am a music student and it was the best experience I ever had. I had one roommate and I really got close with my floor and the people in my major. I stayed in 1940 the next year, I stayed with four other girls in a suite. I got along with my suite mates very well. But I never really met anyone else on the floor. White Hall is the oldest dorm, if you can help it, choose any other option, but move quickly cause the housing gets booked fast! The upperclassmen options are great. Temple just built a new, beautiful dorm. In all, all the dorms work great, especially because they are all on campus and close to classes.

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4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: You'll find a diverse variety of guys and girls at Temple! Being surrounded by at least 38,000 undergrad = lots of options! Guys are really good looking for the most part, especially if you find yourself at the gym in the weight room. But there are a lot of cute, artsy, geeky guys too. Same with the girls too. Basically, there are a lot of options.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Some of you may be thinking, "oh no, I'm going to North Philly." Honestly, it's one of the safest campuses I've ever been on. The Philadelphia and Temple Police patrol regularly, there are big lights everywhere on the buildings (the campus never sleeps), and the police send emails out in case anything happens. I've stayed up practicing until 1:00 am and I walked back to my dorm feeling perfectly safe. Honestly, if you're going out late at night, stay with a group of friends, don't go down any unknown alleyways, watch your drink at parties, stay relatively close to Temple's campus, etc. and you'll be just fine!

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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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