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Reviews 4229 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: The drug at Temple University is not really big, although it really depends on who you are hanging out with. smoking may be more common.

3 College Senior

Party Scene: Everyone goes to Maxis and gets drunk. That's about it.

1 College Senior

Scholarships: Their student financial services is atrocious. They charge everyone for every little thing and are not helpful in providing any scholarships or grants. Nobody knows about summer grants until the day after the deadline.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: There is a large presence of police but there have also been reports that they can be rude to students. There could be more safety measures taken, especially since the school is located in the heart of the ghetto.

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2 College Senior

Campus Food: There are a limited choices of food trucks. Everything gets old.

College Junior

Campus Food: There are no food except vending machines that have some snacks and drinks in Temple University, Japan Campus. I do not know about the main campus.

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College Junior

Parking: I am going to Temple University, Japan Campus. There are no parkings for cars but it would be great if there was a parking lot for bikes.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are too many incidents that are going on and happening at night around Temple U. If you commute, be careful and make sure you are not alone. The same goes for people who dorm.

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5 College Freshman

Local Area: It is amazing. Temple is in the heart of Philadelphia, with center City right next door. You can literally take the subway and explore the entire city on a weekend and still not get through everything you probably wanted.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There is a huge variety of food choices and snacks to enjoy around campus. If you're frugal, bring lunch from home if you are a commuter. If you dorm, you have the options of using diamond dollars anywhere around campus.

5 College Junior

Drug Safety: People use drugs like marijuana or cigs, but in the privacy of themselves.

2 College Junior

Parking: Parking is really hard because everyone seems to have a car.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: If you are looking for off-campus apartments you should definitely start looking early because most of the good ones already have tenants signing leases in November. Off-campus housing is somewhat dangerous because it is in North Philadelphia, but it is not anymore dangerous than on-campus because they are all in a bad area. Stay in the vicinity from Cecil B. Moore to Diamond and 12th street to 17th street, beyond that is where it starts to get more dangerous.

4 College Senior

Majors: I absolutely love my program. I am majoring in Speech Language Pathology. There is a great community of professors in the department who communicate, share ideas, and teach very well. They all have experience in the field and can talk about relevant job experience and research that they or their peers are doing. The workload is quite large, but not unmanageable and it is a competitive program for grad school, but I really enjoy it. There are a lot of opportunities.

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3 College Senior

Weather: The weather in Philadelphia is seasonal. It can be fairly hot or cold, but the crisp autumn days where you can walk to class in a light jacket make it worth it. I personally like the snow, which is nice during the winter and I don't mind the hot summer weather. It rains sometimes, but it's nothing too extreme.

3 College Senior

Athletics: Temple University has a great variety of sports with lots of people showing spirit. The students and staff always dress up for big games and other events. The only athletics that the school and some of the students are not as involved in is Martial Arts.

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3 College Senior

Administration: If you are non-party and drinking kind of person, and more of a study person, then the school policies will work well for you. Attendance is very strict. Which means for some classes, you are not allowed to miss more than one to three classes. So if you get sick often, make sure to get a doctors note or just go to class as sick, then asked to be excused. Most professors will not count your absence if they actually witness you sick and are willing to work with you. If you are a party kind of person, then keep things under control, and do not give alcohol to under aged students. Cops are strict with alcohol but they are easy to get along with and are nice if you just follow the rules.

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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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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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