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3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Temple University has a campus in Japan called Temple University Japan Campus, where you can study abroad. The campus is small, but you get a great experience of what it is like to live in Japan, while attending an American university. The staff are always available to give you advice or additional help with living in Japan, get internships in Japan and in america, and when you get homesick or culture shock. You can also always return to the main campus, in Philadelphia (Temple University). I would give it a B+ because there are a couple of problems with it. One is that attending the campus in Japan is a bit more expensive due to currency exchange. The second reason is because there is limited amount of professors and classes at the Japan campus, so certain classes may fill very quickly, and the campus lack variety of subjects and extra curricular activities.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: The buildings are fairly close so transportation isn't an issue too often. There is a shuttle that goes around campus. Public transportation by bus, train and subway is plentiful.

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4 College Freshman

Weather: Philadelphia weather isn't too severe in the winter. The buildings around campus are within blocks of each other so there's not much trouble getting around in weather.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: There are plenty of dining options with all types of foods. The menus vary and the food is above average. The meal plans offered by the university are expensive, vary in price depending on the plan, but are required for on campus dorm students. You can usually get something to eat late into the night somewhere around campus. There are also food trucks along the streets. If you get into an on campus apartment in the dorms after freshman year, you can forego the meal plan.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: The architecture program is very good, very academically demanding and demanding of your time. There isn't really time to have a job while going to school. The workload is very high and intensive. Doing architecture projects on weekends is the norm. The facilities are good overall. The professors vary in teaching skill. You start out in the architecture program with classes in the major and some general classes. Transferring from a community college or transferring in as a sophomore isn't a good idea because the workload in architecture would be oppressive if not overwhelming.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There is a Temple University Police force in addition to the Philadelphia Police force, and both are evident around campus. Some of the TU police cover the campus in cars and on bikes. The university alerts us via email if there is any crime related issue. Even in the early morning hours there are usually students walking back to dorms so I'm never on a street to far from other students so I generally feel safe around campus during the day or night.

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4 College Senior

Athletics: There is a huge focus on the football team and basketball teams here at Temple University. The promoting and school spirit for these teams are amazing and create great school pride. However, I would like to see more advertisement for other sports.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: Temple has been known to be making their science programs more vigorous to increase the amount of students that graduate more proficient in the fields that they wanted to major in. So being a chemistry major, I have been met with classes in science that are hard but rewarding with the knowledge that the professors know what they are teaching and I am gaining a very valuable insight into the class I am taking. The professors I have have a very personable way of teaching that makes learning considerably more enjoyable and of the class does become too hard, there are countless numbers of resources available to you.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: As a chemistry major there will be many aspects of my life that will require research. The undergraduate research program I have applied for will be a considerable amount of pay for a ten week course that will take course throughout the summer and will require much time and effort along with responsibility. The major and final goal will be to present a finished project of my own to present to my peers at the end of this ten week program

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Not much drug usage visible. Not much policy enforcement

2 College Junior

Campus Food: Besides the food trucks, rather expensive is the food around campus.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The parking is horrible, the off campus housing is borders the worst neighborhood in Philadelphia. This in turn makes for a very unsafe environment.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: There's always something fun to do and get involved with, whether it's with friends, clubs and organizations, or campus wide events. Any and all are welcome.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: During the beautiful weather, you can see so many people. When it's rainy or cold, the people dissipate.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There are all different types of guys and girls at Temple. There's a rich diversity and people from all different kinds of backgrounds. There are plenty of hot guys and girls and also a few not so hot. Overall, you're sure to find cool great people to hang with and get to know better.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Temple has a variety of off-campus dining options. You have chinese, vietnamese, american, italian, french, jamaican, indian, greek, turkish etc places to eat at all the time. Most of them are very close which makes it very convenient for the students. The prices are very reasonable as well. The dining around here is one of the things i really like about temple university

4 College Junior

Weather: It is not as bad. Whenever it snows the whole campus is usually cleaned up by the time classes come. The classes are usually pushed back by one hour delay on snowy days but almost never cancelled. The buildings are not far from each other so its manageable walking from one class to another. When the weather is nice everyone is outside sitting in the lawn chairs and grass and just hanging out. It is a very nice experience in Temple especially when it is nice out.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Sports at Temple University are a very big part of the Owl's lives. We have great, hard working trainers, advisers psychologists and athletes. The fans are ALWAYS supporting the teams in every step of the way. The atmosphere is great at all times at Temple. Every Owl at Temple University has school spirit and pride. It is just simply one of the best Universities in all aspects.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Although there is no dining hall, there are several spots around campus to grab coffee or a snack, as well as the learning center having fresh sandwiches, wraps, salads, drinks and other healthy between-class food options. The library is conveniently located at the center of campus. There are always inter mural activities and sporting events. There's a lot of awareness raising events, with signs posted around campus as to locations and how to get involved.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: The design of the parking lot is poor. It is farthest away from the actual campus buildings, classrooms, library, etc. Commuters must walk through the inter mural fields and across a busy street, then through the gardens. In terms of the layout of the school, it's not the best. However, the campus is not huge, so the travel time from the parking lot to the furthest class building across campus is about 15 minutes.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The campus is usually active and full of students. It is an aesthetically pleasing campus, and the walk to and from class is pleasant. There is an abundance of safety features, campus police, and emergency signal stations. The campus workers are friendly and the staff is available and willing to help. I enjoy all the "perks" of the student health center. It is especially accommodating to students. The professors are sadly prone to cancelling class, sometimes with no or late warning. I feel challenged but with a reasonable work load.

5 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: If you live in a dorm there is a kind of camaraderie that forms amongst most freshman students in the dorms, with late night conversations in hallways and in peoples rooms or the couches in lobbies or common area's. Temple rallies behind its sports teams and the Philadelphia teams during sports seasons. There are on campus student orgs that have night events and the city's nightlight if easily accessible such as the clubs in center city, olde city, on spring garden, etc.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: Dining Hall sometimes has good variety and sometimes doesn't.

2 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: I just want to advocate for Peabody here. Freshmen typically cringe at the thought, and upperclassmen who didn't live there pity or laugh at you. However, since moving in, I've actually found that it's a lot better than I expected, and it even has its perks. Johnson and Hardwick are the major freshman dorm, and I've heard so many people complain about the space in their rooms because of the dressers, and apparently the lines for the shower are horrid (sitting on a bench in your towel waiting for a girl to finish showering? no thanks). So, though Peabody is a little rundown, it's not falling apart. And ALL the dorms get dirty. They are cleaned regularly, but Peabody is not worse than any of my friends' cleanliness-wise. Definitely pick this over the Edge if they are the only ones left, as they were for me.

2 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: Underage and legal drinking is huge on campus. Walk around on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday night and you're bound to see or smell vomit. No surprise though, because the people are loud enough to warn you. Most of the parties are off campus, but they're usually in basements and not very fun. You can find better ones though once you get used to the scene. There is a bar on campus for those who are 21, and it is 21+ after nine pm every night. The pizza there is awesome.

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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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