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3 College Junior

Weather: The weather is pretty moderate here. In the winter there is snow, usually not enough to cancel classes and in the spring there's a lot of rain but again not enough to interfere with classes. But on the really beautiful days everyone can be found outside either on the walk or Beury Beach.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: First of all Temple is right in the center of Philadelphia so there are several clubs to choose from. However, to gain access to these places one must be 21 or older. With that said there are several parties to choose from that are held privately in off campus housing by students of the University. Those parties are pretty awesome and a lot cheaper than going into the city.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: To be honest the only Greek life I can accurately comment on is Black Greek life. There are currently seven active fraternities/sororities of the original divine nine on campus. They are all relatively friendly and approachable. The only time they are really relevant is during Meet the Greeks during the begining of the year and spring fling.

5 College Senior

Campus Quality: The facilities and aesthetics of Temple can be quite beautiful even given that it is not in the best of areas. The TECH center is a very modern building fully equipped with hundreds of computers and several conference rooms that you as a student can reserve for group work. The library is surprisingly expansive and has very knowledgeable staff. There are very nice places to dorm on campus and in fact two new dorms are being built. The student center and in particular the game room is a great place for students to just relax and hang out and the restaurants and food trucks in the area provide a great variety in things to eat. Campus events abound and there are convenient bulletins across campus highlighting these events. Overall Temple is great with their facilities.

4 College Senior

Majors: I found my research program to be very beneficial. I was payed approximately nine dollars an hour and found that the education I received was worth far more. The program even helped me to eventually decide that I want to go into research as a career.

3 College Senior

Majors: While I do like that Biology majors are introduced to a wide variety of topics, I would prefer a more streamlined option of being able to choose from several fields i.e. Ecology, Genetics/Genomics, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Chemical Biology, etc. This would allow for students to choose a concentration that best plays to their strengths as opposed to expecting every student to be equally skilled in every discipline within Biology.

4 College Senior

Majors: Admission to the Biology program happens to be the same as general admission. The major has several built in 'weed out' courses of a rigor that tends to separate those students who elected Biology simply for lack of a better idea. Therefore the program is willing to accept any Temple student and it becomes the responsibility of the student to keep up with the rigor of the curriculum.

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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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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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