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Reviews 3844 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I never feel unsafe on Temple's physical campus. But that still does not mean I would walk alone at night or around at night period. The city is very dangerous, but the Health and Safety at Temple is definitely up to par.

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5 College Freshman

Majors: I love the major that I am in. Everyone within my major and specific school are extremely helpful. I'm a biology major in the school of Science and Technology. All of the teachers are friendly and willing to help. There are also many opportunities to study and get good grades.

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5 College Junior

Local Area: Tons of Things to Do Around Campus – Temple offers all kinds of things to do as it is situated right in the city of Philadelphia. There are all kinds of cultural entertainment venues from dance, music, art, and restaurants. Temple itself offers a fair amount of entertainment through the Student Center.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Extremely Diverse – There are people of all races and origins at Temple. There is no 'majority' group.

2 College Junior

Scholarships: As an out of state student, I needed all the Financial Aid I could get. Temple gave me a good package Freshman year, but it went downhill from there. This year (Junior year) I had to BEG for more aid, and was finally awarded it. The Financial Aid office NEVER answers emails, and it is a hassle to talk to them as they don't ever give helpful answers.

3 College Junior

Technology: Computer Availability Is GREAT but Wifi Is Unreliable – Temple University has SO many computers and they have lots of printers for all kinds of printing needs. However because there are so many students, you have to plan accordingly to get a computer. Wifi, especially in rooms is unreliable, and I usually just use my Ethernet cable because the Wifi is inconvenient.

2 College Junior

Campus Housing: Some Dorms Show Their Age – In general, the newer dorms are extremely nice: they offer private bathrooms, amenities such as swimming pools, lounges, convenience stores, and gyms, and generally feel alive, welcoming, and warm. In contrast to this, older dorms (such as Peabody or Johnson & Hardwick Halls) have communal bathrooms for the entire floor, are poorly lit, and offer no amenities whatsoever. If you're lucky to get assigned to a newly built dorm: great! If not, Philadelphia always offers off-campus housing at competitive rates.

4 College Junior

Academics: Excellent Political Science Program – The political science program at Temple has a wide array of specialists in areas such as public administration, international relations, and technical policy areas such as US Environmental Policy or Sino-American relations. A close working relationship with the Philadelphia mayor's office includes internship opportunities working for city government as well as guest lectures by former mayors and other public officials. In addition, the proximity to University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, and others, means that the polisci program, among others, is an excellent major to build networking contacts across a broad spectrum of academia, business, and government for a future career.

3 College Junior

Academics: Professors Very Specialized – Most professors and TAs I've worked with are highly competent, extremely knowledgeable about their field, and are passionate about both teaching and research. However, the selection process isn't fine grained and some (mostly associate) professors and TAs seemed like they weren't even vetted when applying for a teaching job.

3 College Junior

Administration: Not Any More or Less Severe Than Any Other University – Officially a zero tolerance policy in the dorms, but most RAs are lenient and the police will be, too, if you cooperate and aren't an idiot.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Booze, Influence and Alcohol – On campus, there are parties whereby drinking is an obligation. You have to steer clear of people mistreating you. Some people give in and some don't. It depends on the person because not everyone is the same. While some people influence you negatively some influence you positively. Just because rules are enforced at the university many still continue to follow through with their plans of doing drugs and drinking alcohol especially at a young age. It all comes down to choices and speaking your mind/standing up for what you believe in or feel is appropriate and not.

2 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There are security police guards around visible throughout the campus during morning and afternoon business hours. During after hours, people are still loitering around the area. It is quite dangerous to walk outside during late hours because the area is very noisy. Sometimes, you see people selling drugs, and, on occasion, there have been cases of kidnapping and robbery.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: Great Facilities – The tech center is a great facility, but it can be hard to find an open computer. However, different labs are available (editing, photo/video, sound, etc) and meeting rooms which make it super convenient. Plus both macs and pcs are available to all students

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I've Never Had a Problem – Personally, I've never had a problem here. The area is a little sketchy and the locals kinda freak me out sometimes, but there are police everywhere on campus, and it is so lit up at night.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Gets Repetitive – Unless you have your own house and a solid group of friends, going to the massive frat/house parties gets repetitive and old fast. Sometimes its fun, but its usually sweaty drunk people crowded into a small room tackling each other to find the keg.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Not Impressive – The cafeteria in J&H only has something worthwhile once a week (if at all), but their breakfasts is pretty good. The student center gets old fast, but the wraps, einsteins, and chinese are usually pretty good (but the lines are too long)

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: A Lot to Do, but Limited Area. There's a lot to do on campus, but going off campus gets a little tricky. Anytime you want to go into the city you have to use the subway/bus/train etc. because there is literally nothing to do nearby off campus except for parties (which don't start until 11 pm), unless you enjoy walking around the ghetto.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: It's Pretty Nice – Academically, the professors and material are pretty sound. There's a lot to do around campus, but that's it. Going off campus is a hassle, because you have to take a subway/bus/train etc. to go anywhere worth while.

3 College Senior

Administration: There are tons of security guards but they could care less about anyones safety

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: There are very few good looking guys in the college.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: The lunch trucks on campus is the best! Definitely try the creperie truck!

5 College Junior

Transportation: Moving on up – There are soooo many transportation options at Temple that I find having a car on campus a waste of time. We have a shuttle that transports us to our Ambler campus. We have a shuttle that takes you directly to your door if you live nearby campus. We have easy access to SEPTA buses and the subway. We also have a regional rail that can take you to 30th street station and you can catch Greyhound or Amtrak home if applicable. And you can even get to the Airport via 30th Street Station.

4 College Junior

Local Area: Life in the City – Here in Philadelphia City there are so many things to do. the best shopping, sport, museum, and recreation.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Food Trucks – Here at Temple University, we have a lot of different kinds of food included Thai, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, and American, etc all over the campus. You can get it cheap and the food are very delicious. Crepe truck is one of my favorite place on campus, they're very cheap and very good.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: with the campus being built around broad street you have the subway right at your door which can get you to center city in under 5 minutes

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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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